Friday, January 9, 2015

Review: The Tuttle Twins and the Miraculous Pencil by Connor Boyack; illustrated by Elijah Stanfield


Did you know that nobody on this earth knows how to make something as simple as a pencil?

It's true—and in this adventure, Ethan and Emily Tuttle learn why. Growing up, they've taken for granted the many things they use: clothes, cars, homes, backpacks—even a simple pencil. In this fun field trip to an amazing factory, the twins learn not only how a simple pencil is made, but how this process is the key to prosperity in our modern age. 


Published December 20th 2014 by Libertas Press


I have not seen another book like this one. Elijah Stanfield has created some seriously gorgeous illustrations in this book - graphics any teacher could appreciate while maintaining a sense of whimsy and excitement that children (and adults!) appreciate in children's books.

The book is set up to be understood by children, and it really does explain the deep concept of liberty and a free market economy in a way that a child could understand. I'm going to go a step farther an say that adults who don't know much about economics would also be interested in this book since it does present everything in a more simplified manner.

The plot of the book follows the Tuttle twins as they and their class go on a field trip to a factory to see how various products are made. The focus of the book is them each receiving a pencil and then watching the process of that pencil being created as their teacher and the tour guide helps them understand.

This book (and other books in this series) are perfect for parents to use to supplement their child's education, as it is likely most students will not learn these principles at school ever, let alone at an age as young as this book's target age group.

Source: Thanks to Fire and Ice Blog Tours and Connor Boyack for providing a copy of this title in exchange for a fair review.

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