I am so excited to share this review and giveaway with all of you! It’s the set of Tuttle Twins books. These are books about liberty for kids by Connor Boyack, author, speaker, and political activist. These books are the best books out there to help your kids, and, yes, you, even you learn what principles form the best basis for government and economics. These are principles of liberty. If you have already heard about these books and are ready to buy them, I have a great deal for you. You can save 30% with my coupon code. Scroll to the bottom of the post to get it.
Connor is also the author of the book below, Latter-day Liberty.
He is president of the Libertas Institute, a nonprofit org. dedicated to being a watchdog for liberty in the form of legislation passed in the state of Utah. He spoke to my group of Zion Women at our retreat here and to my group of homeschooled teens here. He is an amazing young man who speaks boldly for liberty. I am so pleased that he has tackled the project of making classics of freedom accessible to young children, and the young of us at heart who want these classics in more digestible formats. I would love to plow through hundreds of pages by Mises and Rothbard, but I just don’t have the time. Thank goodness for Connor, who makes these books! I have pasted images and quick reviews of the books below, along with the interviews that Connor did with Tom Woods about each book on the Tom Woods show. Each book is based on a classic work on liberty.
First, we have The Tuttle Twins and the Law, which is based on The Law by Frederic Bastiat. The Law is a classic work about what true law is. This essay inspired Pres. Ezra Taft Benson to write his essay/speech, The Proper Role of Government.
The Tuttle Twins and the Miraculous Pencil is about the wonder and miracle of the free market. Leonard Reed’s classic essay, I, Pencil, inspired this work. Reading this book will help you and your kids appreciate just how amazing the free market is. Appreciation then helps us feel more gratitude and then more willingness to work hard in the free market, offering the fruits of our labor, buying the fruits of others’ labors, and not act entitled. I mean, if there are so many steps and pieces involved in the making of the humble pencil, think of how many more steps and pieces go into the making of an iPhone! It just makes me appreciate freedom and the free market that much more. Appreciation and a vision of the free market allows us to fight for the free market and against policies that defeat the free market.
The Tuttle Twins and the Creature from Jekyll Island is the most amazing one of them all. When I heard Connor was writing it, I thought, “Wow, how he is going to boil that down in a form kids can understand?” It is based on the classic The Creature from Jekyll Island, which is all about the Federal Reserve, how it was formed, and why it is bad. I was pleased to see that Connor did a great job of explaining the evils of Federal Reserve in an easy to understand format. The interview below involves Connor talking about this book plus the food truck book below. I couldn’t find one with Tom Woods so you will have to enjoy this other one.
The Tuttle Twins and the Food Truck Fiasco explains why city regulations are bad. I loved the storyline. In the story, several food truck owners are being threatened to be put out of business because of regulations passed by a city council due to being persuaded by a big business owner, to favor his business. This book shows in a simple way why that’s wrong and what we, even kids, can do about it. As I read it, a memory floated up to the top of my mind of when my dad was on the city council and a fellow city councilman passed zoning laws to favor his business. Things like this probably happen all the time, I suspect.
F.A. Hayek’s classic The Road to Serfdom is the kernel of idea for Connor’s most recent book, The Tuttle Twins and the Road to Surfdom. This book explains why central planning of government is wrong, in the form of building a new road.
I love all these books! I give them all five stars! The illustrations are colorful and beautifully well done by Elijah Stanfield. The text is easy to understand. The characters are relatable. You can use these books for your homeschool read-alouds or just as simple bedtime stories. These books all cover principles that were out there when I was going to public school, but I had no clue about them. I had a statist education that didn’t question the government. I wish these books had been there when I was young, but Connor was just a wee lad and hadn’t written them yet! By reading these books with your kids and discussing them, you will help your kids and yourself to have a vision that government doesn’t always do things in the interest of liberty. Government can have bad guys in it who use the government for their own selfish purposes. I know, shocking, right?
That’s why I love these books. They give you and your kids a vision of how government can be bad. They give you a vision of what to do to fight back. They give you a vision of what each classic related to the book is about. These books will spark more conversation and further study and action to fight back. I love that each book has a section at the end, after the Tuttle Twins story, about the classic work, questions for discussion, and a link to a PDF workbook online that you can buy full of activities, for each book. If you buy the whole set, you will get the PDF workbooks for free!
You could use these discussion questions for homeschool essays, dinnertime conversation, or even for a group discussion with your homeschool co-op or commonwealth. I am starting a new Teen Statesmanship Club, which will use these books. You can read more about that here. I am wondering what topic is next in line for the books. Connor has said that eventually the series will involve around 10 books. Maybe a book about Thomas Paine’s Common Sense, John Locke’s Treatise on Government, or the Declaration of Independence? I suggest Connor do one about Cesare Beccaria’s Of Crimes and Punishments to explain why gun control laws are bad. Also Jefferson’s letter to the Danbury Baptists to explain the true meaning of the First Amendment. Let’s also have one about anti-trust laws!
OK, if you want to enter the random drawing of a giveaway, please comment below with why you are interested in having these books in your home. The winner will receive a set of all five Tuttle Twins books! The winner will be announced on Friday Jan 6, 2017. Only U.S. residents in the continental states enter please. If you just want to buy the books right away, to read to your kids or get them for a teen statesmanship class, go here. Use coupon code EDUCATE to get 30% off. Code expires January 7, 2016.
Disclaimer/FTC Disclosure: I was given a set of these books for free but all opinions are my own.