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The Tuttle Twins Review

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✅ Pros

They give you and your kids a vision of how government can be bad.
Review Pros
The Tuttle Twins and the Road to Surfdom brings the ideas of central planning.
The characters are relatable.
It is 60 pages long with full color illustrations and large text.
I like the idea of taking a complex but important piece of literature (Frederic Bastiat’s The Law) and making it interesting, approachable and understandable for a younger generation.
It was so well-written.
Created for kids in the ages 5-11 range, they are sturdy paperback books with a nice-sized font and engaging illustrations.
The book includes a glossary and discussion questions for continuing the economics lesson.
The story flows well.
In the back of the book there is even a glossary of terms and several discussion questions.
The illustrations in the book are very well done and I truly enjoyed the bright and cheery pictures on each page.
The illustrations are colorful and beautifully well done by Elijah Stanfield.
I personally enjoyed this book.
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.
It was so easy to understand.
They have a strong support system of family and neighbors to mentor them.
The Miraculous Pencil I found interesting and the Education Vacation is all about the benefits of homeschooling from an economic standpoint, which I thought was well done.
These kids books simplify complex ideas from economists, historians, and professors – and make it fun.
This book is a very easy read.
The language is neither stuffy nor condescending.
You can buy them all in a bundle deal on their site. You’ll get 11 books in all.
I could see how a book like this could help children understand our government, the way it is supposed to work, and, sadly, how it is changing.
There are links for a workbook, as well as a supplemental animated video which illustrates the original 1946 essay which inspired this Tuttle twins adventure.
Unlike many educational children’s stories, the feel of this one is that it’s a story first–and that it helps the readers learn is a bonus.
The books encourage hard work, honesty, and treating others fairly.
Economics-wise, they do explain the economic concept in a manner easily understood by children.
You can use these books for your homeschool read-alouds or just as simple bedtime stories.
Most of the books did not carry a strong political overtone, although a few did.
There are even downloadable PDF workbooks available for you to extend the learning.
The Tuttle Twins book series is truly a unique picture book series well worth your time and investment.
I love that Ethan and Emily are inquisitive, respectful, bright and eager young twins who seek the wisdom to be gained by their kind and trusted neighbor, Fred.
This book teaches children about how government officials decisions, well-intentioned or otherwise, can sometimes harm others.
The text is easy to understand.
My six-year-old was able to read them by herself and loved them.
I appreciate the concept of this book and the eventual series it introduces.

❌ Cons

It is my opinion that some of the analogies Fred uses to illustrate his point to Ethan & Emily are not adequately presented to the young reader in an entirely appropriate manner.
Mostly, I would have preferred a more neutral teaching tone and no political bias.
Overly simplistic and almost lecture-type tone in which this book is written left me feeling uneasy at times.
I was obviously surprised by the political bias in these books given the age range they are targeting (5-10).
The books talked about the government as the “bad guys.” There were several references to the government “stealing” from people.
Coupled with the Austrian school of thought on economics, at times they read anti-government.

Final Say

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Review Summaries
I still plan to use the books this coming fall with my younger children. I will approach them the same way I do any other curriculum which deviates from our personal beliefs. We’ll read it and discuss the differences.
I think it is a great way to expose children to how the government works/is supposed to work, and it is written in a way that makes the complex world of government easy for children (and their parents) to understand.
The story was engaging and educational and raised lots of questions, and any book that gets the kids asking questions gets 5 stars. In the back of the book there is even a glossary of terms and several discussion questions.
While I assert there are a few things left to be desired throughout these pages, I entirely support this book’s mission in helping children learn about political and economic principles in a fun and engaging manner!
These kids books simplify complex ideas from economists, historians, and professors – and make it fun! Created for kids in the ages 5-11 range, they are sturdy paperback books with a nice-sized font and engaging illustrations.
The Tuttle twins books are designed to teach children about political and economic principles in a fun and understandable way. And this book achieves that goal admirably.
The Tuttle Twins book series is truly a unique picture book series well worth your time and investment.
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. 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!

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