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Product Details

  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc. (August 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1877733059
  • ISBN-13: 978-1877733055
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.9 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,394,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In a world flooded with religious literature, there is a need for material that nonreligious families can present to their children that validates their decision not to believe in gods or myths.

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There is no one in the world who is exactly like you.

You are a human being and you have a mind of your own. Your mind is very special. Your mind helps you to know what is true and false.


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Dan Barker (1949-) is co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation and co-host of Freethought Radio. After 19 years as an evangelical minister, Dan "saw the light" and announced his atheism in 1984. His first public appearance as an atheist was on Oprah Winfrey's "AM Chicago." Since that time he has traveled extensively, lecturing and performing on college campuses, and participating in more than 90 public debates defending atheism. A former composer of Christian songs and musicals (for which he still receives royalties), Dan is now a jazz pianist and writer of freethought music, including the albums Beware of Dogma and Friendly, Neighborhood Atheist (FFRF, Inc.) Dan has 5 children, 7 grandchildren, and lives with his wife (and co-president) Annie Laurie Gaylor in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo at window by Tim Buchanan. Photo at piano by Brent Nicastro. Photos at microphone by Bruce Press.)

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135 of 143 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 18, 1999
Format: Paperback
Well illustated book with profound implications for children but, as detailed below, use caution and discuss Santa Claus and God belief with your child before, during, and after your child reads this book - careful and considerate parental attention required!
I've been having an interesting visit with my 8 year old daughter who is staying with me this summer. I gave her 3 books written by Dan Barker and she was fine with "Maybe Yes, Maybe No", a story teaching critical thinking via an example of a girl questioning a story about ghosts. Then, she started reading "Just Pretend, A Freethought Book for Children". Innocent title, that, and she was enjoying the book when it talked about the myth of Santa Claus as I had discussed the Santa Claus issues with her last Christmas.
Unfortunately, I had never discussed the possibility that god belief was a myth, not in clear terms anyway. She is being raised as catholic by her mom. When she got to the page which showed 4 cartoons of god as a woman, man, animal, and half animal-half human, she thought the cartoon was funny, then she read the page and a few that followed it and tossed the book on the floor in a distinct rejection reaction.
Excerpt segments from the pages that shocked my 8 year old daughter:
"Do you know that many people believe in God? They think that God runs the world and runs the universe. Some people grow up and learn that God is *just pretend*, like Santa. But some people still believe God is real."
... skip several pages that build the case to the page that resulted in my daughter's rejection reaction ...
"Why do so many people believe in a god? It's just like the Santa Claus myth. People believe in a god because they were told God is real.
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55 of 63 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 9, 1999
Format: Paperback
Just pretend - A freethought book for children Illustrated by Alma Cuebas. I will just quote a passage to illustrate the author's step by easy step approach to the question of belief. "Why so many children believe in Santa Claus? "Because when they were young they were told that Santa is real. "Children believe Santa is real because they enjoy the story. "It is fun to think of gifts, elves, reindeer, and a jolly old man with a red suit who secretly brings gifts into your house at night." You see! It is not rocket science. Let us facilitate honest thinking.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By James Wood on November 26, 2003
Format: Paperback
This is a great book to give a child. It introduces the concept of thinking through what you are told, rather than just accepting everything you hear.
It addresses mythology and reality, and helps them learn to tell the difference.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By S. Armstrong on December 17, 2007
Format: Paperback
I was excited to find this book and felt by the other reviews that it would be a good fit for our family (most of the negative reviews seemed to be by believers and the cautions about treading lightly for kids who had been indoctrinated didn't apply in our case.) Unfortunately, after reading the book, I shipped it back w/o sharing it with our son.

My main disappointment is that about a third to half the book concentrates on debunking various Judeo-Christian myths with the assumption that the child has heard of and presumably bought into them. Our son has thankfully not been exposed to any of these, so I think all these stories will just confuse him. I probably would have kept the book anyway had it not been for one picture that I found totally offensive: a depiction of David, sword in hand, holding the severed head of Goliath w/ blood dripping from it. It is just too terrifying for young children, and I don't believe it added to the story line either. I hope the author considers replacing it with something far less graphic in the next revision!

Some good things: I liked the way the author uses the parallel between believing in Santa and believing in God and tries to give some reasons why people believe (that a young kid can understand). The book also touches on how different traditions perceive God differently and has some nice transitions into the ideas of free thinking. I don't share the criticism of some other reviews that the book is too "shallow". I do think the book could be a helpful counter balance for a kid who has been exposed to Christian myths.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Hugo on October 16, 2008
Format: Paperback
a bit harsh if the (young) reader is already being indoctrinated in a religion. A good conversation starter.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cypress Green TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 20, 2009
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What more could I want? My son loves Dan Barker's children's books. The ideas are interestingly and simply set down without condescension. A great buy!
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