Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Body in Jax FL, Heart in Istanbul
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Okay, I think I've got a better handle on what you're looking for now. Still, I wouldn't shy away from the "flotsam and jetsam" because it *is* out there and they will be exposed to it as they get older. You may not have TV, but chances are that they will make friends who do and they'll hear all about it from their friends. (We went through that with DD when we were TV-free in Istanbul.)
If you want to start them off with a positive image of the US and Americans, why not steer towards biographies of people who have made a difference? There are lots of biographies for children about people like MLK, Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, etc. (Those were the three most inspiring people I could come up with off the top of my head, I'm sure there are more.)
For me, I have a hard time thinking of things that are positive without simultaneously thinking of all the negatives that go along with that positive item. There is an "ideal" I suppose, that Americans are all about truth, justice, liberty, and pursuit of happiness, but does that really pan out in reality?
Anyway, good luck. I know what it's like to deal with the Anti-American sentiment.