Freedom New Mexico
We don’t recommend a lot of books in this space, particularly when the book is about fictional mice. Then again, not many children’s book characters teach so much about liberty.
“Indy-Pindy The Liberty Mouse,” the creation of Farwell libertarian blogger Kent McManigal, takes his readers on a journey full of challenging, real-life experiences that can all be solved with personal responsibility.
The self-published paperback — view it at www.createspace.com/3418555 — won’t make any best-seller lists. Yet it is at least as entertaining and thought-provoking as any political commentary you’ll find, from Thomas Sowell to Maureen Dowd.
The book begins with Indy-Pindy leaving the nest of his parents. In his search for food and a place to live, he’s challenged by enemies who want to eat him and he’s tempted to take things that don’t belong to him as a means of survival.
A fellow mouse recommends Indy-Pindy step through a hole in a wall and take “as much food as you can carry for free.” But he quickly realizes the food belongs to a human who set traps and he remembers his parents’ warning: You must work or trade for your meals.
Indy-Pindy survives on juicy berries he finds in the woods and makes a home out of an abandoned turtle shell — kinda small, but warm and safe once he stuffed it full of feathers and grass and covered it with dirt.
He learns multiple life lessons along his way:
• Don’t steal.
• Don’t expect others to solve your problems.
• Don’t expect something for nothing.
• Don’t trust snakes and watch out for weasels.
• Get to know your neighbors.
• Plan ahead.
• Don’t waste time watching life go by — participate.
• Take responsibility for yourself.
They are good lessons for children.
And for adults.