|Kind of sad children's books
||[Nov. 1st, 2006|10:08 pm]
The Mitch and Brown
First, I would like to exhibit this Berenstain Bears' picturebook, which lauds the happy fact of consumerism in America:
Published in 1996, this is no innocent "Wow! Wal-what?" piece from rural peoples stunned by progress. This is blatant propaganda.
Everything. Including low wages, low quality, and low morale.
The book shows the Berenstain Bears buying to excess, choking with glee at the unlimited resources available, the staggering selection of goods. "What about the kids whose parents can't afford that overflowing cart?" asked Alison. Exactly.
Next up is Don't you know there's a war on?" by James Stevenson, which I came upon by accident at work and was delighted by. No, I am not a fan of war, but I will admit to some fondness for a vision of America-at-war from the 40's. While Bush is basically telling us to drive to McDonalds over Iraqi children in our customized SUVs, this is a lovely reminder for a country who doesn't seem aware that we are a country at war (well, a country waging war.)
Here is a car with a ration sticker. Rations, what?
A humorous montage of WWII American family life: