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Don't Be Like Trump

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Not sure how to explain the Trump Presidency to your children? This book helps make it a bit easier - and fun!

Synopsis

DON’T BE LIKE TRUMP explains to kids aged 8-14 what infuriates and worries adults about President Donald Trump. Unlike the traditional juvenile biographies, DON’T BE LIKE TRUMP explains what's wrong with Trump's treatment of women, minorities, dictators, the environment, and the Constitution.

DON’T BE LIKE TRUMP explains Trump's policies in the broad sweep of U.S. history, how voting started small but keeps growing wider. The authors, two journalists and parents, explain Trump's worrying deference and similarities to world dictators.

Larger life lessons come through in DON’T BE LIKE TRUMP such as the perils of offering simple solutions to complex problems and ignoring imminent danger.

DON’T BE LIKE TRUMP shares important context about everything from the history of voting to border walls that complements other civics and history education.

Trump’s more disturbing personal behavior is framed in DON’T BE LIKE TRUMP in language that kids can understand—and that parents can feel good about them reading.

12 activities in DON’T BE LIKE TRUMP help kids learn vocabulary words, debunk disinformation, make fun of the president as is their Constitutional right, and more via crossword and word search puzzles, drawing and impersonation tips, and other games

When the author's young daughter started asking questions about Trump becoming President, she wasn't sure how to explain things to her. That is how "Don't Be Like Trump" came to be. This book tells all the ways Trump is a horrible person, but in a way that can easily be explained to school age children. In addition to talking just about Trump, there is a lot of American History included in this book as well, like about how the electoral college was set up and why the founding fathers wanted it in place. As an adult who often slacked off in history classes growing up, I do tend to like the books geared towards children because it explains things in a simple enough manner and usually also a fun manner that helps me actually learn and retain information even if I am not the intended audience. However, with this book, I think adults and children alike will enjoy it (provided they agree with the topic. If not, you might not enjoy it quite so much).


Throughout the book there are also some puzzles and quizzes, and even a list from A-Z of ways to not be like Trump – Don't: Attack the Free Press, Kill wildlife, Reject Science, Zone out in intelligence briefings, etc! I also really enjoyed the "color by number" of Trump's face - but to make it just a bit more educational, each number was associated with a trivia question – the number of Pets Trump had was one color, number of wives was another color, etc. So in addition to having some fun coloring you are also learning some "fun facts" about the President.


While going into this book I knew how awful Trump was, I enjoyed reading it and actually did learn some things about American History and how it works in the process, so I consider that a win. (And I did really great on the quizzes!)

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Synopsis

DON’T BE LIKE TRUMP explains to kids aged 8-14 what infuriates and worries adults about President Donald Trump. Unlike the traditional juvenile biographies, DON’T BE LIKE TRUMP explains what's wrong with Trump's treatment of women, minorities, dictators, the environment, and the Constitution.

DON’T BE LIKE TRUMP explains Trump's policies in the broad sweep of U.S. history, how voting started small but keeps growing wider. The authors, two journalists and parents, explain Trump's worrying deference and similarities to world dictators.

Larger life lessons come through in DON’T BE LIKE TRUMP such as the perils of offering simple solutions to complex problems and ignoring imminent danger.

DON’T BE LIKE TRUMP shares important context about everything from the history of voting to border walls that complements other civics and history education.

Trump’s more disturbing personal behavior is framed in DON’T BE LIKE TRUMP in language that kids can understand—and that parents can feel good about them reading.

12 activities in DON’T BE LIKE TRUMP help kids learn vocabulary words, debunk disinformation, make fun of the president as is their Constitutional right, and more via crossword and word search puzzles, drawing and impersonation tips, and other games

CHAPTER 1: What’s the Matter with Trump?

Trump is the most unpopular president since we started keeping track. He’s never gotten even half the people to like him.

King Trump. Trump thinks he has absolute power over Americans.

Trump lies a lot. The Washington Post clocks him at making an average of 15 “false or misleading” statements every day of his presidency. Even his hair is dishonest.

Trump wants to make America unfair again. America has struggled its whole life to make things fairer for everyone. We, the People, made real progress in the last 75 years. Trump wants to undo it. He judges women on their looks. He makes fun of the disabled. He says Mexican men attack women. He likes to call Blacks thugs and other insulting nonsense.

Trump cheats. His companies broke rules. He didn’t pay back what he owed. He asked for money for charity and spent it on himself. He kissed other women while he was married.

Trump is mean, angry, and unpredictable. President Trump is the kid your parents don’t want you to be. He’s a bully. He brags and complains.

Trump ignores real problems. His job is to fix complicated situations. Instead he pretends they’re simple or not real. I don’t see you, climate change, healthcare, inequality, Covid-19, or Blacks killed by cops.

Trump speaks terribly in rivers of undisciplined words, bragging and blaming.

Trump has hurt people as president. This list is long and depressing: women, journalists, Mexicans, peaceful protesters, Blacks, Muslims, people who don’t conform to traditional gender roles, experts of any kind and the disabled.

Trump disrespects science and history.


Is It Okay To Make Fun of the President?

Yes! Absolutely! That’s practically why we invented America.

Before America, people had kings. If you made fun of a king, he could kill you. King George III ruled over us from England. He wanted Americans to pay for his big war against France. To be fair, the English did kick the French out of Ohio for us. But England and France are always fighting. We didn’t want to pay but didn’t get any say.

So we fought a war: the American Revolution. Then everyone copied us. People around the world fought to get rid of kings for the next 150 years or so. That’s how cool an idea it was.

After we dumped our British king in 1783, some people wondered if George Washington should be king. He said no way. We wanted to pick the best, smartest, most honest person. The guys who invented America (let’s call them The Guys) were scared. They didn’t trust letting everyone vote. They feared a popular idiot would ruin their country. (It was as if someone had shown them that Trump was coming.)

So they set up a country where laws are more important than the leader. The Constitution, the main law, decides how the government works and which laws are okay. And in the Constitution, The Guys set up all kinds of rules and traps to catch a popular crook.

They tried to rig the system so popular con men couldn’t win (the Electoral College). Then The Guys set up a way to get rid of bad presidents (Impeachment). Let’s make sure no foreign government is paying him, The Guys said (the Emoluments Clause). Let’s make sure that reporters can investigate him (Freedom of the Press). And let’s also make sure that people can protest (Freedom of Assembly) and make fun of him (Freedom of Speech).

So yes, it’s patriotic to make fun of the president.


About the author

Carol Vinzant has worked as a reporter for Fortune and The Washington Post, explaining financial misdeeds for a general audience. Vinzant's 2005 book, Lawyers, Guns and Money explains an insurance scam in the gun industry. She also writes about animals and kid-friendly activities. view profile

Published on August 10, 2020

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Genre: Middle Grade

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