Monday, January 5, 2009

Christmas children's book pushes global warming

Just before Christmas, when checking in on the Fox News website, I ran across this article about how some children's books are using Christmas to push the man-made global warming agenda:

Global warming alarmists, picking up where the Grinch left off, are trying to steal Christmas, some critics say. From children's books to school plays, the climate change crowd is dreaming of a green Christmas, angering opponents who say 'tis NOT the season to be preachy.

The children's book "Santa Goes Green" by Anne Margaret Lewis tells how a young boy named Finn gets Santa to leave the North Pole to help him track down Leopold, a polar bear he has adopted, because the sea ice is melting and Leopold's home is in danger.

“You see, it’s like this Santa,” Finn tells Santa in the book. “I’ve adopted a polar bear named Leopold. He is in danger of losing his home. I’m sure you being in the North Pole you know about the melting glaciers. All I want this year Santa, is to save Leopold and his home.”

Santa is so inspired by his visit to the polar bear that he decides to re-use last year's wrapping paper, recycle toys and start using wind to generate power for his toy shop.

The book ends with a note from Santa urging kids to send him notes on how to take care of the planet.

But the content has left some reviewers feeling bearish about the book. "The global climate change alarmists are now trying brainwash our kids by infusing their unproven and baseless climate change rhetoric into Santa books," T. Wilkinson wrote on Amazon.com, giving "Santa Goes Green" a one-star review.

This is why I take the time to read pretty much every picture book at the bookstore before I spend good money on it. An otherwise good book can slip in the global warming alarmism, even when the science is far from settled. Although I know it's not so practical for chapter books for older children, I recommend screening books before you give them to your kids... You never know what left-wing propaganda might be hiding within its pages.

2 comments:

blue said...

You should check out Adventurebox. They are great for Kids aged 6-9 and have a Wierd Noises competition on this month!

Flemming Bermann said...

Hi,

As an author of a children's book on global warming and climate change, I have to agree with your view.

Far too many books are trying to change minds and hearts by scaring people and their kids. This is simply not right!

One reason I believe that my book "Global Warming for Young Minds" has become so popular is because it merely presents the facts about global warming as a natural event. If it is man-made or not is not for me the author to decide, this is completely up to the individual parent to decide.

Please visit www.globalwarmingforyoungminds.com and read the many positive reviews I have received.

Flemming Bermann
- Global Warming for Young Minds
- Evolution for Young Minds