My favourite part is the tree that Obama thinks money grows on!
Tea Party colouring book sells 'many thousands'
Publisher says it is having to order daily reprints of 'very pleasant' infants' primer on right-wing populist lobby.
A colouring book teaching children about right-wing American political movement the Tea Party has become an unlikely hit in the US.
Described as a "very pleasant song, colouring and activity book on Liberty, Faith, Freedom and so much more" by its publisher, the Missouri-based Really Big Coloring Books, the book includes Tea Party word searches, pictures to colour in, puzzles, connect-the-dots and information about the movement and its history. It "teaches children (and parents) about the origins of the Tea Party and what it involves," says the publisher. "Get involved, participate, self reliance, freedom of choice, work, government-of-for-by the people, Leadership, Ingenuity, Jobs and responsibility!"
Priced at $3.59 (£2.25) online, the 32-page Tea Party Coloring Book for Kids is proving extremely popular, publisher and author Wayne Bell told CBS News, and he is having to reprint every day to keep up with demand. "We have sold many thousands," he said, adding that the book is outselling an Obama colouring book which he also publishes.
"The Tea Party calls upon our representatives to limit the government's role in everyday life, and to support people and businesses, but not demand from, control or over tax the people or businesses," says one page, accompanied by an American flag for children to colour in. "The government should never become a burden in our lives."
Bell told CBS that the publisher was "not really making a political statement" with the book, saying that the Tea Party was not behind it and is not receiving any of the proceeds. He also said he had received death threats about it, in writing and on the phone.
Not all feedback has been negative, however: a five-star review on the publisher's website said it was "about time" a colouring book about the Tea Party was published. "This is a good idea to have a book with [an] actual message that children can colour and learn at the same time about a real movement," wrote Sandy Swann, "educator". "I just love it ... a book on Tea Parties ... I am ordering one now!"