The Taste of Others, part 5: Some cows are more equal than others.

29 Nov

Click, Clack, Moo is the most popular left-leaning children’s book I can think of. It tells of a group of overworked cows who decide to strike due to bad working conditions. They won’t give milk until they get electric blankets. Their weapon is a typewriter and, later, their own labor. It’s a very fine introduction to the concept of unions, as well as how collective bargaining works. How people respond to the book reveals oodles about their own beliefs. The book is sweet though, and pretty funny. There are no Molotov cocktails or Pinkertons blasting away at strikers with their six shooters; it’s just cows and ducks and an angry farmer.

Those cows are upsetting the natural order!

When Beth found these, she knew she had hit a goldmine. These are wonderful. My comments—I don’t know why I bother, really—are in boldface.

(This is the meanest and most predictable of the responses, blaming collective bargaining for many of the social ills of our country. The reviewer gives him/herself away with two key words, “pampered” and “uncompetitive.” I’ll paraphrase beforehand: outsourcing is the fault of the unions.)

Title: Union Propaganda.

OK, the book is cute, but the reason that it has received such acclaim and honor is because it celebrates and encourages Union activity. Certainly the media would not have fallen in love with this book if farmer brown turned the ungrateful, inefficient and pampered cows into hamburger and drumsticks and replaced them with more appreciative, hard working, and efficient cows and chickens. Or would it have received the same media and literary praise if it showed that farmer brown had to move his farm to Mexico or lay off farm hands because the increased electrical costs caused by the cows and chickens made his farm uncompetitive?

(Oh, God, this next review is hysterical, and indicative of the mindset of the anti-union folks. You should be grateful you have a job at all!)

Title: Cute way to subtly teach children how to act like spoiled brats

This story definitely has an agenda. It is very cute, I must admit, but I would never read this to my child because it promotes values that I do not want to instill in my children. The cows (and chickens) in the story become discontent with living like every other cow lives. It is not enough that the cows are fed, live in a barn, and are well provided for…they want more! So they appeal to the farmer, refusing to do their part to contribute, until the farmer meets their “demands.” In my opinion, this story teaches children that making unrealistic demands is okay and, even worse, that you can act like a spoiled brat and get your way! Too bad the cows aren’t being grateful for what they have and trying to help less fortunate cows by welcoming them into their barn at night instead…then I might read this story to my children.

(This reviewer lays it out in brass tacks: unions are misguided and wrong.)

Title: WRONG Message for Children

Perhaps the book is amusing and filled with laughter but teaching our children how to strike and how to organize and create a Union is WRONG! We are a capitalist society. (You are buying this book from a company that is making $$$ right???) Let’s teach children how to be responsible, do the best they can and how to succeed such as the Little Engine that Could!! I DO NOT Recommend this Book!

(This next review is elegant and straightforward. And nuts.)

Title: Leftwing Propaganda

The book focuses on promoting strikes, fair labor practices and is really not appropriate for kids. I hope the author stops writing about leftist ideals and focuses on letting the children think for themselves.

(This is the best of the bunch, and overly literal reading of a children’s book that seems so agitated by talking animals. This also seems like a joke, but perhaps not.)

Title: OUTRAGED

I thought this would be a wonderful book to read to my children. I can’t believe how wrong I was. First of all, Ms. Cronin seems to take her readers for fools, thinking that we’ll just nod and look away as she spoon-feeds us… TALKING COWS. I kid you not. And these aren’t just any talking cows. They have typing skills and even stage a strike. You can’t even be gullible to buy this, you’ve got to be downright stupid, and even that’s a stretch. I would most definitely not recommend this book to any parent, unless for some reason you want your children to grow up believing in talking cows and cow strikes that result in milk shortages and whatnot. Utterly terrible – pun intended.

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