September 03, 2010


Just this morning, I thought of something I wanted to blog.  I told my husband, "Shoot, if I keep blogging, this is exactly what I'd say..."

I have been looking into educational books for my kiddo and I was intrigued by the "Who Was" series.  They are way above her level for now, but I was investigating them to see if they have a PC agenda or if they're good biographies for her to read someday.  And I noticed something funny about the list of books.  Here are some of the people they cover:

Albert Einstein
Queen Elizabeth
Mark Twain
George Washington
Leonardo da Vinci
Neil Armstrong
Hellen Keller
Barack Obama

One of these things is not like the other.

What on earth is in the Barack Obama book?  I mean does he possibly stack up to Edison and da Vinci?  The only presidents in this series are Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, Kennedy, Reagan, and...Obama?  Wow, that's some prestigious company he keeps.  Especially since there is no benefit of hindsight whatsoever.  The book was published before he'd even finished his first year as president!

I'd really love to know what's in the Obama book.  Once upon a time there was a boy who lived in Indonesia and Hawaii and then went to law school and then was a community organizer and then a senator and then president.

The only thing the man has done is get elected.  And triple the already-too-awful national debt.

And somehow that stacks up to Mozart and Helen Keller.

Posted by: Sarah at 09:54 AM | Comments (11) | Add Comment
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1 *stands and applauds loudly*

Posted by: Amber at September 04, 2010 12:58 AM (ZGOWU)


He's the Precedent of the United States!  The Lightworker!  The first President to place global opinion ahead of what's best for America!

A book about teh one would be easy to write:

America's Best Golf Courses and Vacation spots:  38 Places to stay in under two years"  By The Empty Suit, The First Wookie, and Hairplugs McPlagiarist.

Posted by: Chuck at September 04, 2010 07:37 AM (0iBcg)

3 He single-handedly absolved America of her racist, RACIST history and, um, advanced us into the post-partisan . . . I mean, exiled corruption from Washington . . . I mean, brought worldwide respect back to . . . um . . .

chaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaange . . .

Posted by: Lissa at September 04, 2010 11:49 AM (mgjM7)

4 The Obama book is the only book in the series that belongs. The rest must go. Where are the books on Pelosi, the Clintons, Carter, Kerry, and Kennedy (Ted, of course)? Don't let your child grow up Democrat-deficient!

Posted by: kevin at September 04, 2010 12:44 PM (hBtE2)

5 Sarah - I've had to resort to writing stories for my kids about subjects I think they should know about but that there aren't readily available in engaging age-appropriate books.

Now, I definitely want my kids to know about George Washington Carver, but I also want them to know about George Custer.  I want them to know about Maximilian Kolbe as well as Martin Luther King, Jr.  And while I understand that some people are considered "must know" and others are "if you have some extra time", that's not the way I teach my kids.  So, we had to pick and choose amongst things rather than grab full sets. 

I just found a book called The Dangerous Book of Heroes by the same people that wrote The Dangerous Book for Boys.  It's awesome.  It even includes the women of the SOE!   The Dangerous Book for Boys and The Daring Book for Girls have also been wonderful resources for both our boy and our girls.  And Mom and Dad, quite frankly.    We also like Tales from Shakespeare, and A Child's History of the World (from the Calvert Curriculum, which is cheaper through the Sonlight website). 

And all of my kids learned to read using Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons.  It's an AWESOME resource!

Posted by: airforcewife at September 04, 2010 07:26 PM (uE3SA)

6 AFW...if you're interested in the women of SOE, you might be interested in posts I've written about three of them...

Krystyna Skarbek

Violette Szabo

Noor Inayat Khan

Posted by: david foster at September 04, 2010 08:45 PM (Gis4X)

7 I've written a number of posts "reviewing" various children's books.  Some I like, others, I don't.  I do write these from the conservative POV, and a "what you should know" on some of them, like those PC/Leftist indoctrination things you worry about.  You can find them here.  I have done both picture books and chapter books (to include some 'young adult', not just children's stuff).

Posted by: Miss Ladybug at September 05, 2010 12:40 AM (4xYAD)

8 Thank you David!  I'll show those to my second daughter, who is particularly interested in the subject. 

Also - in addition to having dogs named Ike and Mamie, we named our cat Virginia Hall.  You'd be surprised how many people don't "get" Ike and Mamie.  Pretty much no one "gets" Virginia Hall.  We've stopped explaining.

Posted by: airforcewife at September 05, 2010 10:32 AM (uE3SA)

9 Well, Hellen Keller & Barack Obama, are both deaf and blind.

Posted by: tim at September 07, 2010 11:41 AM (vb4Ci)

10 There are a whole bunch of children's books out about Obama, too, written around the time of his election.  They are disgustingly obsequious and they read like train wrecks; you can't pull your eyes away from them!

Posted by: Deltasierra at September 09, 2010 10:16 PM (u2K2X)

11 What crap. And you can add "un-deserving Pulitzer prize winner" to that list as well.

Posted by: Sara at September 16, 2010 08:12 PM (tz27a)

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