FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Laurie Cockerell spent Thursday at the State Republican Convention selling conservative children’s books –– including one she wrote, called the Founders Fables.
Hers is a conservative message for the very, very young. She has 7-year-old twins, she said, and they’ve been reading her material since they were “three or four years old.”
“They absolutely understand,” she said. “They understand what the word conservative means.”
The books tout the same sort of things the tea party endorses. In Cockerell’s words, “limited government, even issues about the national debt, self-reliance.”
She had her books for sale to Republican supporters who booed as Gov. Rick Perry reminded them of his support for Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst’s run for Senate instead of tea party favorite Ted Cruz.
One of her fables, The Water Park, concerns a group of ducks who vote to pay beavers to build a water park. The park gets built and the beavers get paid, but eventually the ducks grow old and die.
Maintenance at the park fades, but the beavers are still owed –– that debt fell on the children of the ducks.
Next comes a discussion page, with simple questions for younger children like “Would you take money from your baby brother or sister’s piggy bank to pay for something that you bought long ago for yourself?”
And another group for older children, like “How can people and government avoid large financial debts?”
“If you look at public schools today, they’re not getting the conservative message there and I think we have to have something to combat that,” Cockerell said from her booth Thursday.
Cockerell said this election year has prompted a boost in sales of her Founders Fables series.
The State Republican Convention is happening this weekend at the Fort Worth Convention Center. Here’s The Water Park: