Emily and Ethan are nine years old, and love to learn. The Tuttle Twins Learn About The Law follows the twins while they interview their neighbor, Fred, for a school assignment.
What was the assignment? To seek a person with wisdom, and ask that person to teach them something important.
This something important turns out to be The Law, by Frédéric Bastiat. It was written a few months before his death in 1850, after the third French revolution. In it, he wrote about over-reaching government and the problems it causes. He pointed out the flawed arguments in favor of over-reaching government and describes the proper role of government in society.
I love the simple descriptions, that clearly illustrate why a government that can take that which you have worked for is wrong, and how difficult it is to fight back. Using examples from the children’s neighborhood and school, the twins learn about legal plunder, which conjures up a vision of pirates in their mind. They also learn about true laws, which protect everyone and do not allow someone bigger and stronger to come in and take over.
The illustrations are colorful and my own twins made certain they saw every single one. They loved it. It’s really beautifully done!
For those readers who would prefer completely secular resources, this does have a few God references, nearly all are in the sample page below. They are appropriate in this context, given how Bastiat referred to God in his writings, and they’re not at all heavy-handed.
There is a notable lack of resources for families who want to teach their kids about the principles of freedom, and the author, Connor Boyack, along with the illustrator, Elijah Stanfield want to change this. The Tuttle Twins Learn About The Law is the first in a planned series of children’s books teaching about freedom, personal responsibility, among other topics, designed to expose children to the fundamentals of freedom in an engaging, fun way.
I absolutely recommend this book as a way to get your kids acquainted with these important principles, and I understand book two is in draft phase. I can’t wait to see it!
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