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The Tuttle Twins and the Golden Rule Review by Amanda Hopkins

Connor Boyack
Libertas Press

Once you fall in love with a book, you look for any and all sequels that you can! Well, Connor Boyack made such a thing possible when he wrote The Tuttle Twins and the Golden Rule. After reading his first books in the series of The Tuttle Twins, we were thrilled to read another one of his great books!

The Tuttle Twins take your children on an adventure of life, liberty, and freedom. Yes, these two twins take your children on an adventure of economic proportions! Mr. Boyack wants your children to learn of freedom and free markets, among many other things. Instead of making these boring economic books, Mr. Boyack has made them fun, so fun that your kids will want to read them more than once!

In The Tuttle Twins and the Golden Rule, we follow along with Ethan and Emily as they head off to camp. Once they arrive at camp, they are separated into four cabins. Each cabin has a name and flag. The twins learn that they will be spending a lot time in competition at camp.

As we meet some of the other camp members, we are introduced to Julian, whose want to win all the time is very present. Some friendly competition begins during different activities between the cabins. But when the final activity, an orienteering race, gets under way, Ethan realizes that Julian is taking things a little too far.

Because of the tricks up Julian’s sleeve, the other three teams became lost. Once everyone was together at camp again, it was time for a lesson. While gathered around the fire, the kids learn about fighting when they could get along, about revenge, and finally about The Golden Rule.

This and the rest of the series has pictures on every page, but they are also longer books. I like to think of them as the early chapter books, without the chapters. The words are not too large, yet they say what needs to be said. Ray Ray is eight years old and read this book in two sittings.

At the end of this book, you will find a quick glossary of terms along with 5 discussion questions that will help you to make sure your children have grasped the concept of the book. This is a great way help your kids work on a simple book report after they have finished the book.

We love the Tuttle Twins, we love the lessons we are learning, and I especially love that there are no boring economic books to try and teach from. If I could have used these books for economics class in high school, I would have remembered a lot more. They bring the lessons to real life. The kids can relate, and this makes them retain what they are reading.

If and only if you want to teach your kids some great economic lessons, you will want to get your kids these books. And, by far, my favorite is The Golden Rule, maybe because this is one important rule to live by!

- Product review by Amanda Hopkins, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, July 2017