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28 December 2006 @ 10:24 am
Okay, so do any other democrats find 'Why Mommy Is A Democrat' disturbing and embarrassing, or is it just me?

Check out the sample pages. I especially love the one where the mommy squirrel is protecting her babies from being TRAMPLED BY AN ELEPHANT.

Okay, okay, I'm all about sharing your values with your kids and starting dialogues, but something about this just rubs me the wrong way. (Like, way to fight brainwashing with brainwashing, guys!)
am: werk
feel: cynicalcynical
hear: Eva Cassidy - "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"
One Whose Honesty is Stronger Than Her Fear: for real?amilyn on December 28th, 2006 07:56 pm (UTC)
Oh, dear.

Yeah...that's all kinds of flavors of bad, right there.


My country continues to scare the CRAP out of me.
Little Red: b5 - corps is mother - thatfangirlmylittleredgirl on December 28th, 2006 09:07 pm (UTC)
What, you mean you wouldn't read this to your children every night??

It just reminds me of those Jesus Loves You AND PROTECTS YOU FROM THE INFIDELS WHO DO NOT LOVE JESUS AS MUCH books that used to make me sulk when I was little.
One Whose Honesty is Stronger Than Her Fear: kiddingamilyn on December 28th, 2006 09:49 pm (UTC)
I actually wouldn't, shock that that is. :-)

And re: Those Books? Me too. *shudder*

Course, I also despise The Giving Tree and think that reading it to children is Bad and Wrong and manipulative in exactly the same way.
Little Red: ramona - ring - riparoomylittleredgirl on December 28th, 2006 10:06 pm (UTC)
Really!? That surprises me. I just remember that book made me SO SAD. Are you also anti-Lorax?

All that is okay, but dis Ramona Quimby and you'll have a fight on your hands. ;)
One Whose Honesty is Stronger Than Her Fear: notlisteningamilyn on December 28th, 2006 10:14 pm (UTC)
The Giving Tree is this horrible ode to co-dependency, imo. You start with two friends, then the boy stops playing with the tree and when he comes to tell the tree he wants something, the tree, so grateful to be remembered, says, "Sure, cut of my limbs" and it makes the tree happy to be mutilated for the boy who still isn't ever happy or satisfied and ONLY comes to see the tree when he wants something and STILL the tree keeps giving and giving until it's given its whole life and self and STILL the boy isn't happy and is wasteful and selfish.

I just thinking reading small children a story that is presented as generous and "how people should be" but that DOES NOT condemn the boy's self-centered destructiveness and lack of compassion OR the tree's self-sacrifice to the point of its own death and it's STILL HAPPY to have been of service even when all that's left is a stump sends a dangerous and harmful message. (That's why the book's not allowed in my house.)

The first time I heard this book I was in my teens and I was SO ANGRY when they finished reading it--both on behalf of the tree and about the book itself and even more about how this was being used as an object lesson re: Christianity and self-sacrifice and how parents and Christians and Good People should strive to be like the tree, who is like a Good Parent or Jesus in giving all even to the undeserving.

::has issues::
One Whose Honesty is Stronger Than Her Fear: tardisfanartamilyn on December 28th, 2006 10:31 pm (UTC)
I was irked with Ramona because I WAS the older sister, and so sympathized with Beezus. I didn't DISLIKE her or the books, I just didn't read many of them.
This isn't anything.: uh oh!anxietygrrl on December 28th, 2006 09:22 pm (UTC)
I've seen that before, and I find it super, super embarrassing. And I am pretty much a hardcore frothing partisan. Maybe if it weren't (to all appearances) a shitty book with creepy illustrations of scary alien squirrels it wouldn't be quite as cringeworthy, but...well, I'm not sure there's a way to propagandize children that wouldn't be shitty. After all, you're supposed to brainwash teach them to share your values by example.
Little Red: b5 - ivanova oven - crazybeemylittleredgirl on December 28th, 2006 09:36 pm (UTC)
Yes! It's just a bad book! They could at least have some more information with the skeery illustrations, so that it's not just "Democrats give candy to everyone and other people want to take your candy AWAY!" You know what I mean? You could have a Liberal American Government For Three-Year-Olds book that would at least be more informative. Eh, I don't know. It would probably be creepy no matter how you played it.

I love all the quotes about how this book is paving a brave new frontier and stuff.
This isn't anything.: uh oh!anxietygrrl on December 28th, 2006 10:21 pm (UTC)
I tried to think of a way to do it that would not be creepy (the New Deal pop-up book!), but I failed. Children should not be expected to have any kind of political affiliation, especially if they're too young for chapter books.
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Little Red: sga - teyla girls only think - lizmylittleredgirl on December 28th, 2006 09:38 pm (UTC)
I'd totally forgotten about that one!
One Whose Honesty is Stronger Than Her Fear: berternieamilyn on December 28th, 2006 10:19 pm (UTC)
Speaking of, I LOVE this icon:

One Whose Honesty is Stronger Than Her Fear: geekamilyn on December 28th, 2006 11:14 pm (UTC)
Arg...speaking of children's books, now I can't find one I'm looking for...help, anyone?

One Whose Honesty is Stronger Than Her Fear: geekamilyn on December 28th, 2006 11:54 pm (UTC)
Book found by lizbetann: A Dog on Barkham Street and The Bully of Barkham Street both by Mary Stolz.
Tammy - never give up, never surrender: SG1 - Jack Huh - besydbesyd on December 28th, 2006 11:46 pm (UTC)
Yikes. Creepy. Especially the guy in the background. I think he may be a flasher.

Is it for real?
ACcheekygal on December 30th, 2006 04:08 am (UTC)

Well, considering that a few years ago, someone else published some snark about, "Mom, help! There are Democrats under my bed!" I'm not so surprised to see that the rebuttal book aspires to the same fine writing standards. ;)
Roxy: Ussop Christmaschichiri on December 30th, 2006 01:08 pm (UTC)
Happy Holidays!!