Sean Callahan and Russell Glass’ Voting With a Porpoise is probably the most important children’s book I’ve seen published lately. It’s filled with clever rhymes and captivating illustrations. The book uses an incredibly clever story to entice children into understanding the importance of voting. And this is all in the hopes that one day, when they’re old enough they will not succumb to the unfortunate habit many people have today of not voting.
The dolphins and the porpoise have all lost their food and have to decide whether to move in order to find some or to remain where they have always been and simply hope that the food returns. Two dolphins on opposing sides argue their positions and rather quickly the idea of having an election is proposed. And so they do.
What an Amazing Message
This book is told with rhymes, which I enjoyed, but I definitely enjoyed the overall message of the story more. Voting is important. Otherwise we may be stuck with situations and lives that we don’t want. This is an incredible book to buy for your children. It has an impressive commentary on the importance of elections. But more than that, it also discusses the horrors of the trash dump into the sea and provides parents information they can use to set their children up for a healthy future.
The only complaint I really have regarded the text placement, which occasionally covered illustrated sections I felt it shouldn’t. But that’s quite menial in comparison to how much this book will help young minds. Something more exciting is this book’s proceeds will go to non-partisan organizations that work to increase voter turn out. And if that’s not an amazing endeavor, I don’t know what is.
I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.