With impressionable younguns around, choosing books these days can sometimes be a dicey little game. There's so much being put out there to fall into their greedy bibliophile paws. Picture books with titles like Help, Mom! Radicals Are Ruining My Country! are, yeah, pretty obvious red flags. But the adorably illustrated freebie copy of Animal Tails (handed out at the public zoo to my 4 year-old yesterday) may be--may be--a Satan's heathen re-incarnationist brainwashing tool. As a parent, you just have to, you know, keep an eye peeled.
Recently a friend of mine called to ask if I by chance happened to have an oxygen tank she could borrow when her daughter brought home Sarah Palin's America By Heart as a *prize* from her Girl Scout leader. Apparently this friend found herself unable to breathe and was near apoplexy. I didn't have the tank, but I luckily was able to help her back into her happy place using only my words (mostly words I got from a really great book I once read). Sigh. Mothers, we are doing battle in this world.
Speaking of battle. Here's a resource for your parenting arsenal in the good literature quest. "Weapons of Mass Instruction" is a website dedicated to providing anti-war/ pro-peace book ideas in all genres (a several languages)for kids. There's classics and new stuff, and you can be sure nothing there will inspire a desire for this in your child. Visit the site, and while you're there, check out our fave new book, War and Peas, by Michael Forman. It's full of evil fat greedy kings, and resourceful longsuffering peasants who use their wits and wills to overcome their thieving oppressors (just like Wisconsin!). Awesomesauce!