Raising Your Kids Right: Children's Literature and American Political Conservatism by Michelle Ann AbateRaising Your Kids Right: Children's Literature and American Political Conservatism by Michelle Ann Abate

Raising Your Kids Right: Children's Literature and American Political Conservatism

byMichelle Ann Abate

Hardcover | September 10, 2010

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Dr. Seuss's classic character the Lorax has delighted children for decades while passing along a powerful message about environmental responsibility. The book's young readers, and their parents, would likely be surprised by the emergence of a new character, Truax, a kindly logger created by a longtime employee of the wood products industry, who, not surprisingly, has a far different viewpoint to share. Yet the Truax character, and the book of the same name, is just one example of a growing genre of conservative-themed narratives for young readers spawned by the continuing strength of the American political right.





Highlighting the works of William Bennett, Lynne Cheney, Bill O'Reilly, and others, Michelle Ann Abate brings together such diverse fields as cultural studies, literary criticism, political science, childhood studies, brand marketing, and the cult of celebrity. Raising Your Kids Right dispels lingering societal attitudes that narratives for young readers are unworthy of serious political study by examining a variety of texts that offer information, ideology, and even instructions on how to raise kids right, not just figuratively but politically.
Title:Raising Your Kids Right: Children's Literature and American Political ConservatismFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:September 10, 2010Publisher:Rutgers University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0813547989

ISBN - 13:9780813547985

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"Few people are aware of the right's attempts to use children's literature ideologically to indoctrinate American youth. While this book will certainly be valuable to scholars of children's literature and education, those outside of academe should also sit up and take notice."
Philip Nel, co-editor of Tales for Little Rebels: A Collection of Radical Children's Literature