Ah, that's more like it! After reading of Eloise's privileged existence at New York's Plaza Hotel (sans parents, admittedly), It Takes a Village
read like a breath of fresh air. I remember Hillary Clinton writing a book of the same title and taking tons of flack from rightists. "Villages don't raise children, parents do!" I can still hear them arguing. But the idea that individuals and families aren't nested in ever-expanding layers of community is ludicrous. It really does take a community to raise a child.It Takes a Village
is a simple story set in Benin with simple, straight-forward illustrations. The simplicity makes the story beautiful and accessible for young children. Our toddler loved it, and Dad was happy too!