Hi, everyone, it’s Sher today with a book review for the Tuttle Twins and the Miraculous Pencil blog tour hosted by Fire and Ice.
In this second book of the Tuttle Twins series, Mrs. Miner leads the twins and their classmates on a fun field trip to learn how pencils are made using parts from all over the world—and how in an economy, people from all over the world work together in harmony to produce helpful products that improve our lives.
Teach your kids about the free market with a fun story and bright, engaging illustrations!
In the second book, the Tuttle Twins learn about the economy via a field trip to the pencil factory. As an educational story, it’s a good way to explain how most things we use take a lot of people and materials to produce. The idea of using a family tree was a unique way to show the interconnection of everything leading up to the finished pencil. And although the series is made to educate, it provides enough entertainment to prevent kids from getting antsy. At least I didn’t get bored.
Colorful pictures accompany the “telling,” and there’s a good amount of “showing” as the teacher and class decide where they’ll take a field trip. Same goes for the trip itself. Although the class is disappointed when they first arrive, the manufacturing process and the tour keep them interested. Anyone with a brain should find the genesis of an ordinary pencil informative, from tip to eraser. Learning how society and the economy function as a whole is the glaze on the pencil shaft, a nice way to wrap it up.
Teachers and home schoolers should especially like this series, and every parent should like books that teach without seeming too pendantic. Let’s face it–if kids don’t like a book–they won’t want to read it again, and whatever they learned from it won’t stick with them. Although most children won’t be ecstatic over this book, it’s far preferable to most educational texts. I think it deserves a solid 4 stars, and I highly recommend it. I was provided a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
Connor Boyack is president of Libertas Institute, a public policy think tank in Utah. He is the author of several books on politics and religion, along with hundreds of columns and articles championing individual liberty. His work has been featured on international, national, and local TV, radio, and other forms of media.
A California native and Brigham Young University graduate, Connor currently resides in Lehi, Utah, with his wife and two children.
Elijah Stanfield is owner of Red House Motion Imaging, a media production company in Washington.
A longtime student of Austrian economics, history, and the classical liberal philosophy, Elijah has dedicated much of his time and energy to promoting the ideas of free markets and individual liberty. Some of his more notable works include producing eight videos in support of Ron Paul’s 2012 presidential candidacy. He currently resides in Richland, Washington, with his wife April and their five children.
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