The Tuttle Twins series

Originally Reviewed on 4/18/2015 and 10/21/2015 – Revised 3/19/2016

 

The Tuttle Twins and the LawTuttleTwins_Law
The Tuttle Twins and the Miraculous Pencil
The Tuttle Twins and the Creature From Jekyll Island
The Tuttle Twins and the Food Truck Fiasco (not yet reviewed – coming soon!)
written by Connor Boyack, Illustrated by Elijah Stanfield

 

The first thing note about the series is that all of the books are beautifully produced and illustrated. So many times, I have seen agenda driven books which only ever see the light of day because people are guilted into buying them to support a cause. There is no need to feel that children are being given a substandard presentation with these books. And to be very clear, the agenda that is being advanced is human liberty and economics. It would be simple to say ‘basic economics’ but some of the concepts in this series will be challenging to the many false assumptions held by adults. The parents may come away from reading the books to their children and suddenly be much more skeptical of the economic news they get from television programs.

 

I heard an interview with the author regarding the genesis of the series. He stated that since they were not sure this would be a success, they wanted to be sure to make the most fundamental book first, so at least those ideas would be accessible to children. The Tuttle Twins and the Law is a retelling of Frederic Bestiat’s legal and economic philosophy classic from 1850. The Tuttle Twins learn about where their rights come from, the responsibilities that accompany the rights, the origin of legal plunder and knowledge as the key to protecting themselves and others from Plunder. Far from a narcissistic and selfish perspective, this story promotes the notion of individual caring for other individuals as part of the exercise of their rights.

The second book in the series is based on the Leonard Read essay I, Pencil from 1958. (free epub linked) The lesson of I, Pencil is that when people are free to try, they can accomplish great things and do not need the government to be involved with those projects. The Tuttle Twins learn this lesson when their class takes a field trip to a pencil factory. They learn how the Market provides for the production of goods via Spontaneous Order rather than the failed notion of Central Planning.

The most complicated story of the First three is the The Tuttle Twins and the Creature from Jekyll Island, based on the similarly-titled expose of the Federal Reserve system by G. Edward Griffin (1998). As a basic primer of where trade originates and the dangers of artificially inflating the money supply via currency expansion, this is well communicated to children in a fun and understandable way. Most of the ‘action’ takes place in the preparations for and participation in a county fair. The children learn about barter and currency, the the artificial inflation of currency and the attendant hardships that follow naturally from that.

I have ordered the fourth book, The Tuttle Twins and The Food Truck Fiasco and will review it once I have received it (eta April 2016) and read it with my son.

 

The Tuttle Twins series – The Tuttle Twins homepage
The best place to get these books are at the Tuttle Twins home page, but some titles are available at Amazon. The home page for the series also includes downloadable activity books (crossword puzzles, coloring pages, etc) in pdf form. You can also find Bastiat’s original there.

Free Epub version of “I, Pencil” can be found HERE