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The book itself does teach children a good lesson on not hurting each other, mainly physically, based on their team labels of any kind, in this case Camp teams. After an incident which nearly gets out of control halfway into the book, the kids on both teams are called to a meeting by the Native American chief to be shown how their petty fighting only cause a cycle of more problems and kids reconcile with each other over their differences. Why I gave 4 stars is that while the book does teach the good simple golden rule in libertarianism - Don’t physically hurt people and don’t take their stuff - my only problem is that it does not quite take into account certain hidden aspects of culture involving near-the-knuckle rivalries such as in football matches. Some questions in the discussion towards the back page would need to be asked like, ‘would giving a prank present to someone as the only present to them on any occasion which they become greatly offended at be in breach of the golden rule?’, ‘would throwing an item at a performer on a stage be considered a breach of the golden rule?’ and ‘would calling for someone to be banned from speaking on any public platform including social media be considered a breach of the golden rule?’. If any parent were to think that the lines in the book and the characters are a bit too perfect, they can have the option of livening it up with improvised lines - it’s free to do that. If anyone wanted to buy Ron Paul’s book on Foreign Policy as shown in the book, it will cost extra for shipping outside the USA but if you’re a fan of liberty, it’s worth it.
Got this thinking it would talk about The Golden Rule from the Bible and instead got a Native American chief giving a universalist lecture. While there are many things like the Golden Rule in many other philosophies and religions, there really is only one positive original expression of doing active good to others as you would want done to yourself, in the Bible.
This was the first book I bought for my son to read. He loved this and has been asking me since to get more of the series. The 10th book of the series was just released a couple days before me writing this review and when I told him he asked me nonstop to get it for him. This is a great series.
We enjoyed the story. It teaches and great lesson and has nice good questions for discussion at the end of the book! We've bought two more after enjoying the first book. We also bought the workbook for the first book on the Author's website (it was just a couple bucks).
The story is short, simple, and interesting for kids to enjoy! They include "bigger" words for my six year old and explain in easy terms what it means. I also enjoyed the theme of kindness and respect for everyone regardless of our differences, rather because of them. It preaches goodness without feeling preachy. Will DEFINITELY be purchasing the other books!