In The Tuttle Twins and the Road to Surfdom by Connor Boyack, the twins learn that well-intended central planning can lead to unfortunate, unintended consequences that destroy lives by creating large economic shifts. In The Road to Surfdom, citizens of La Playa vote to build a new road in order to relieve traffic congestion, but at the road is built, tourist spending moves to Surfdom town, causing economic collapse in La Playa. The twins investigate the “for sale” signs and the disappearance of a local farm (due to eminent domain and changing property values) as they help their uncle Jack film a news segment about the new road and its effect on local’s lives and livelihoods.
Inspired by F.A. Hayek’s famous book The Road to Serfdom, Boyack once again writes an outstanding elementary-school-aged example of economics in the real world. Each of the Tuttle Twins books illustrates libertarian ideas that by their very nature challenge society’s assumptions, assumptions that our children will come up against and pick up on over the years.
The Road to Surfdom is so far the most controversial–and therefore the most important–book yet in the Tuttle Twins series, because some day in the not-so-distant future our children will vote on central planning issues along side their votes for local and national politicians. It’s important that they understand how these issues can affect them and others around them.
The Tuttle Twins gives my family a jumping point to talk about concepts that otherwise would seem too “large” to address with elementary age students, but which in fact affect their day-to-day lives. The Tuttle Twins and the Road to Surfdom brings the ideas of central planning and unintended consequences to picture book format, phrases that I never thought I’d string together. The Tuttle Twins book series is truly a unique picture book series well worth your time and investment.
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Other books in this unique series:
The Tuttle Twins Learn About the Law
The Tuttle Twins and the Miraculous Pencil
The Tuttle Twins and the Creature from Jekyll Island
The Tuttle Twins and the Food Truck Fiasco
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