[lit-ideas] Why Mommy is a Democrat

  • From: JimKandJulieB@xxxxxxx
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 21 Feb 2007 08:48:23 EST

_Click here: Why Mommy is a  Democrat_ (http://littledemocrats.net/)  
You've got to go to the website -- it's too much fun -- talk about  
indoctrinating kiddos -- or is it simply trying to educate them about the adult 
 I'm a little afraid to go to _www.littledemocrats.net._ 
(http://www.littledemocrats.net.) .....
Here's a review:
Zilber, Jeremy. Why Mommy Is a Democrat. Illus. Yuliya Firsova. Available at  
Should you happen to be a Democrat, you're going to like this book. I liked  
it a lot. Mommy is a tufted-ear squirrel who embodies and makes visual all the 
 good things Democrats like to think they do, like playing by the rules, 
treating  everyone fairly, and sharing their toys. The picture book starts out, 
"Some  Mommies are called Democrats," and follows a "Democrats do 
"just  as Mommy does" pattern. Little lovable animals inhabit the very finely 
done  colored-pencil illustrations, exemplifying abstract beliefs like 
tolerance and  accessible health care. They are all smiles and benevolence, and 
Mommy beams  upon them.  
As a running contrast to the positive scenes in the foreground of the  
detailed 2-page drawings are background scenes juxtaposing the heartlessness of 
non-Mommylike people and the woe of the poor. The elite characters are never  
named "Republican" but they're identifiable. Items like the newspaper the  
headline of which reads: "Tax Refund," carried by the cigar-smoking escort of a 
snooty woman totting a poodle, are dead giveaways. So is the representative  
multicultural-looking down-and-out young man who is barred from an expensive  
school, sleeps under a tree in the park, or looks in trash cans for dinner.  
Democrats' heartstrings will vibrate with joy as Zilbert picks all the  
acupuncture points for our pain and pleasure-like the reference to the 2000  
A very smart, enjoyable collaboration and highly recommended.  
A. Allison 
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