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Reviewed by Alyssa Elmore for Readers' Favorite
Why do some people live in homes and others live in the streets? Why do some people work harder than others, and yet live in smaller homes? How can some families have more money for food, and some less? Little Karl by M. Earl Smith is an enlightening educational book for children. Little Karl is an inquisitive little boy. He is constantly asking questions. Why? How? Why not? When Karl and his mom go for a walk, he sees things that make him wonder. Why does that man sleep on a bench? Doesn't he have a home? Everywhere little Karl and his mother go, there seems to be someone in need, someone without. Karl wants to know why. Why can't everybody live in balance and harmony?
Little Karl by M. Earl Smith is an educational book teaching children the concepts of Marxism. This book is wonderfully and uniquely illustrated with both black and white and colored drawings that help the child differentiate between how things are and how they can change for the better. I loved reading this book. Little Karl has excellent questions that I have often wondered through the years. Why not try changing things so that everyone can live in balance? Certainly, with our individuality intact, we can remain different, yet work together for the betterment of the world? Or is Marxism just a Utopian dream? Soon, our children will be taking our place, making the decisions that we struggle to make. Will things be different? Will they be better? I liked that this book encourages children to ask questions, and even challenge what we adults take for granted. Things can be different, better even if we initiate change. When, if not now? I would recommend this book for children 4-8, or anyone who is curious about Marxism.