New Palin Biography Aimed at 9-12 year-olds

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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100710/ap_e...



By BECKY BOHRER, Associated Press Writer Becky Bohrer– Sat Jul 10, 2:56 am ET



JUNEAU, Alaska – You might call it Sarah Palin's introduction to the cubs.



A biography of the former Alaska governor and self-described "mama grizzly" is set for release in September by Christian book publisher Zondervan.



"Speaking Up: The Sarah Palin Story," is one in a series of biographies aimed at 9- to 12-year-old readers. Others feature 2007 Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow and U2 frontman Bono.



Kathleen Kerr, an acquisitions editor for Zondervan's Zonderkidz division, said the subjects are prominent figures who children hear about in the news and role models for tweens who are "working for the betterment of the world in which we live and who are motivated primarily by their Christian faith."



Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, has often referred to her faith and what she sees as her calling to public service. Palin has credited God with readying her heart for the birth of her youngest child, Trig, who has Down syndrome. At one time, Palin said, she wasn't sure if she would be patient enough, but those doubts dissipated when he was born.



The biography by Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Zondervan is unauthorized. Author Kim Washburn said she was unable to interview Palin and didn't speak with anyone close to her.



A Palin aide did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment Friday.



Washburn said she researched previously published material, including Palin's best-selling memoir, "Going Rogue: An American Life," and news articles, many of which Washburn said were "really polarized" and complicated her efforts to focus more on the personal side of Palin than on the political side.



She said she was struck by Palin's work ethic and her independent streak — something she believes will resonate with young girls.



Kerr said the book begins with Palin's childhood in Alaska and shows that "with guts, character, determination and unwavering faith in God, even an ordinary person can change the world."



There are aspects of Palin's life that the book shies away from. For example, Kerr said, there's no mention of her teenage daughter Bristol Palin's pregnancy.



Bristol Palin was thrust into the national spotlight while her mother was seeking the vice presidency. Bristol Palin's son Tripp was born in December 2008, when she was 18, and she has gone on to speak about the virtues of abstinence and the challenges of life as a young, single mom.



"We tried to stay away from the super-heavy stuff," Kerr said.



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Thoughts? Would you give this to your 9-12 year-old?

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Gertie - posted on 07/11/2010

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I guess we'll just have to leave it at that. I would love for my daughters to grow up and find success as SP has done in her own life. I would love for my daughter's to make the right decision should they be pregnant with a special needs child. I really don't see where all this hatred toward her comes from. Whatever.

I'd just like to say that while I disagree with every fiber of my being Michelle Obama and her politics, if there were a book about her life (about her being a strong, successful wife and mother, that is) I wouldn't have the hateful words that you all do. I would want my daughter to read it and to look to her and think that she can be successful like that, too.

I guess that's just one more thing that we seem to disagree on. Oh well.

Gertie - posted on 07/11/2010

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Laci...I'm just saying that because of all the hateful comments. It doesn't say anything about her politics, it's about her life and values. You know, about going to college, starting a family, having a career, not killing her unborn child with Down's.

When Nikki Haley wins in South Carolina I wonder if she'll have to face the same sort of vitriol from the left. It'll be interesting...

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Sounds like a good book. If I saw it and had money at the time I'd probably get it for my 8.5 year olds....

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Iris - posted on 07/11/2010

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No, I will not give the book to my daughter or any other child.
I have no interest in buying her books or reading them so I'll not buy my daughter some "kid version" of her biography. She is far from being any kind of role model in this house.

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In my opinion the only things Sarah Palin has encouraged are:
~ ignorance
~ quitting when things get "hard"
~ getting some poor man fired from his governemt position because of personal issues, nothing else (remember that whole issue? yeah...)
~ throwing your family in the spotlight and then getting offensive about it
~ touting her own version of Christianity (which does NOT include acceptance or forgiveness... two ideals of the Christian faith).

I would NOT EVER want to teach my children these things (especially the last one, since the article says it's a Christian based book). However, as I said before, when my daughters get older if they want to read the book, I will not stop them. I will NOT be the one to buy it for them though and they WILL know my personal feelings about the woman. They will also know that they can talk to me about any of the things SP is supposed to be touching on in her book, and I hope they will be looking at ME as a role model in life, NOT Mrs. Palin.

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I'm a teacher, and what message would it send to my 125+ students if I decide in the middle of the school year that I don't want the job anymore? Yes, I signed a contract and was committed at the time I signed it. So if I quit on my kids in the middle of the year, should I be put on a pedastal? It's not like I left the position for something grander or bigger...just because well maybe I wanted a more private life, or the work load was overwhelming. Or my family was put into the negative spotlight because of my own doings. Finish the friggin' job! I think quitting an elected position on either side is a huge cop-out just because you can;t take the heat!

ME - posted on 07/11/2010

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Quitting/backing out of your responsibilities is not a life lesson I want my children to be introduced to at a young age...

LaCi - posted on 07/11/2010

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Of course I'll bash her. The bitch walked out of her elected office, fucking admirable!

ME - posted on 07/11/2010

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I would be more likely to pity someone like SP than to be jealous of her...someone that clueless usually has a harder time in life tho...she seems to fall in shit and come out smelling of roses on a regular basis (as far as the right is concerned, she doesn't seem to do anything wrong).

LaCi - posted on 07/11/2010

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and that leads you to believe someone's jealous? Please. People joke on people they dislike, that's life.

~Jennifer - posted on 07/11/2010

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By the time my kids are 9-12 I'm hoping her 15 minutes will be long over.

I will say one good thing about the book - I'd rather read it than hear her wretched voice tell the story 'live'.
*shudder*

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Like some of you have said, I will not ever censor the books my children read, but I will also not be buying them books that I don't feel like wasting my money on.

Andrea - posted on 07/11/2010

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I don't see my 9 or 10 year old being what to read a book like this.
If they were I would want to read it first to see what kind of message kids would be getting from it.

LaCi - posted on 07/11/2010

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I'm pretty sure I'm lacking in the jealousy department, which is why i asked you, since apparently you're all knowing and you were the one who made the comment.

I'm guessing you have nothing to back that up with. ;)

Johnny - posted on 07/11/2010

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Jealous of Sarah Palin? You are very funny today "Gertie". I suppose that if she wasn't my absolute and complete opposite in terms of morals, beliefs, politics, and lifestyle, I might be jealous of her cute husband....

I am jealous of Michelle Obama though. I'd love to have those pipes and that brain! I regard the ability to form intelligent thoughts very highly.

Johnny - posted on 07/11/2010

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I wouldn't buy it for my daughter, I wouldn't want to give any money to Sarah Palin. She is welcome to read it if she chooses. I'm sure it will be an excellent instructional manual on how NOT to be.

LaCi - posted on 07/11/2010

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I just threw up a little.



If for some reason my kid wanted to read it, whatever. I'm not censoring his books.

ME - posted on 07/11/2010

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She makes me physically ill, and is, what I believe to be the embodiment of much of what is wrong with our country. I would not encourage my children to subject themselves to her brand of ignorant drivel.

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HELL NO! Enough said! Time for her to get over her 15 minutes and stop basking in the glory that she is perceived as a role model for women in America! She's no role model of mine!

C. - posted on 07/10/2010

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It sounds like it's going to be an encouraging book, talking about being independent and everything.. If I ever have a girl, I MAY consider it. Of course, I would be reading it before I make that decision just in case there's something in it I don't want her to read. Not sure my son would be interested.. So if I ever have a girl, maybe.

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