Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Why Mommy is a #Democrat: Children's Book Review

If you're looking for a simple explanation of core Democratic Party values, "Why Mommy is a Democrat" by Jeremy Zilber provides it. The artwork is pleasant enough and the reading level is aimed at preschoolers or perhaps 1st graders.
I found the reviews of this book to reflect our current divisions in American politics. Democrats emphasize things such as health care and fairness, while the Republicans emphasize things such as lowers taxes and freedom to do whatever. Some reviews criticized this book for putting the Democratic Party in a positive light, but that's absurd; its purpose is to explain that Party's underlying philosophy so if you don't want to read that, don't buy this book.
Some reviewers obviously disagree with Democratic values, and politically that is their right; however, that has nothing to do with the quality (or otherwise) of this book. You would not expect a child's book on the Bible to promote anti-Christian values or a child's book on evolution to promote creationism, so why would you expect a child's book on the Democrat's to promote Republican values?
If some Republican wants to write a book "Why Mommy Is A Republican" then fine, let them (...maybe someone has.) But it's just silly to expect THIS book to be THAT book.

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