The Tuttle Twins Learn About The Law
Tuttle Twins, #1
by Connor Boyack
Paperback, 62 pages
Published April 23rd 2014
by Libertas Press
Children are often taught that government protects our life, liberty, and property, but could it be true that some laws actually allow people to hurt us and take our things? Join Ethan and Emily Tuttle as they learn about property, pirates, and plunder. With the help of their neighbor Fred, the twins will need to figure out what they can do to stop the bad guys in government!
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I enjoyed this book far more than I expected given my distaste for politics, mainly because of corruption. If more children grew up believing the ideas promoted in this book, governmental corruption such as “redistributing” taxes paid by workers to those who won’t work would become a thing of the past. Giving would be the province of individuals and charitable organizations with better means to determine whether a need is real. I was alone while reading, but I wanted to shout, “Yes! Truth for youth!” And for adults.
I liked the characters, especially Fred, and I loved how he interacted and taught the twins in a fun way. The twins seemed a little idealized but not enough to detract from the story. If their enthusiasm was infectious to me, I think it will infect children even more. A potentially boring subject became an adventure to me. Most of all, I liked the author’s demonstration of the twins’ learning how charity should work, nothing forced about it. The illustrations made a nice focal point for each idea.
I wrote the above paragraph before my nephew, grand-niece, and grand-nephew listened to my oldest niece read the book. I kept quiet so as not to influence their opinions. When I asked each of them to rate the book from one to five, both boys gave it a five. The girl was shy. She just said she liked it. The boy I had time to ask for a favorite part said he liked the scene where the twins showed what they learned by giving. To gauge the strength of the text, this boy wasn’t even sitting where he could see the illustrations, yet he listened the whole fifteen minutes without distraction.
My own beliefs coincide with the author’s because of personal experience. Long ago, I learned how much a person’s sense of self-worth plummets if he or she doesn’t give back. I witnessed events that taught me everyone has something to give and give back, even if it’s only time and talents like social interaction or mental skills. The government does a lousy job of encouraging return giving, and their redistribution shouldn’t be allowed anyway. So this review is my way of shouting from the rooftops, “Read this book to your children!” But don’t wait until they’re grown to apply the lessons to real life.
The Tuttle Twins Learn about the Law should be part of every elementary curriculum from about fourth grade up. If third-graders have a good attention span, some might understand and apply the knowledge too. A must read for those who value their freedom. 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.
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