Time for Susanna Leonard Hill’s PPBF!
But first, let’s form a new political party, one run by children’s picture book writers and illustrators. It will be the nicest, most generous political party ever. There will be sharing of snacks and toys and saying please and thank you. No hitting, biting, bullying, or other anti-social behavior. There will be copious amounts of laughter at brilliant puns, riotous rhymes, and lyrical bedtime stories sending us into the land of nod.
I don’t know about you but I’m thinking about moving to Canada, a place where reasonable human beings live. Where people are thoughtful and nice to each other. But first, a civics lesson:
“There comes a time in all kids’ lives when
they need to create their own country.
When this happens to you…
The first thing you will do is
decide on your country’s location.”
You desperately need your own space, away from your pesky little brother. So you establish your country on hallowed ground, your room, give it a name, and create a flag. The dog, cat, goldfish, and toys become citizens.
You make rules and create punishments for breaking the rules.
You choose a leader (oh my, we won’t go there). You select a cabinet, write a national anthem, print money, etc.
Now here’s where things start to go off the rails. Civil unrest. Natural disasters. Invasions. Battles.
Just as you regain your equilibrium, you figure out that you must visit foreign countries, where you have to eat the food placed in front of you. And sometimes those visits don’t go as planned.
Which leads to preparations for yet another invasion…
“But be careful.”
This is where leaders should tread carefully.
You discover that those foreigners are really coming in peace!!!!
And surprise! You might want to change the rules to allow them in and make them citizens, because after all “It’s your country.”
And “Friends are more fun than enemies.”
That ends our civics lesson for today. If you feel this message is too political, it’s surely the product of your artist sensibilities. Children’s book writers and illustrators are highly imaginative.
Title: I Need My Own Country
Author: Rick Walton
Illlustrator: Wes Hargis
Publisher: Bloomsbury 2012