Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) April 25, 2006
Instead of sheltering their kids from their political views, parents should take an active role in teaching them to their kids. This is the controversial stance being taken by the authors of two popular children's books.
“Parents who believe in traditional values should absolutely try to instill those values in their kids,” says Katharine DeBrecht, author of the bestselling picture book “Help! Mom! There Are Liberals Under My Bed” (Kids Ahead; hardcover; ISBN 0976726904). “Liberals have been using books in our schools and libraries for years to hoist their left-wing agenda on children. Parents who believe in traditional values have no choice but to respond and make sure that their kids hear their side of the story.”
DeBrecht, a mother of three, points to books such as “King & King” (where a prince decides to marry another prince) and “Rainbow Fish” (where a beautiful fish is bullied into giving away his shiny scales so that all fish look the same) as examples of children's books with a liberal bias that have often been reported as being read in schools.
While approaching the subject from a differing political position from DeBrecht, Jeremy Zilber -- a visiting assistant professor at Lawrence University and the author of “Why Mommy is a Democrat” (Little Democrats; paperback; available at littledemocrats.net) -- agrees that politics shouldn't be considered an out-of-bounds topic for parents.
“One of the most important and challenging tasks facing parents is instilling a set of values in their children,” says Zilber, whose book uses a family of squirrels to illustrate Democratic values. “Books like 'Why Mommy is a Democrat' offer parents a means to increase their children's awareness, interest, and understanding of American politics while gently introducing them to the core values of the Democratic party.”
DeBrecht's “Help! Mom! There Are Liberals Under My Bed” garnered national attention last fall for its portrayal of Hillary Clinton and Ted Kennedy as cartoon villains who tax and regulate a lemonade stand run by two young brothers. The illustrated book hit #1 on the Barnes & Noble website while also drawing fiery criticism from a long list of liberals, including Alan Colmes, Ron Reagan, and even Hillary Clinton's press secretary. This spring, DeBrecht unveiled “Help! Mom! Hollywood's in My Hamper” (Kids Ahead; hardcover: $15.95; ISBN 0976726912), an illustrated book which uses look-alikes of Barbra Streisand, Tom Cruise, and Madonna to teach kids not to try to emulate the celebrities they see on television.
“Jeremy Zilber and I may not agree on many issues,” notes DeBrecht, “but we both agree that it's appropriate for parents to share their political values with their kids.”
About Kids Ahead:
Kids Ahead is an imprint of Los Angeles-based World Ahead Publishing, the West Coast's leading publisher of conservative books. Visit http://www.helpmombooks.com to learn more.
To interview author Katharine DeBrecht, or to request a joint interview with Ms. DeBrecht and Jeremy Zilber, contact World Ahead Publishing at (310) 857-6836.
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