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Sunday, September 23, 2018

What DO YOu Think .... Banned Books

Banned book week started in 1982 to create awareness of the harm of censorship. During the week a challenge to read and express ideas is given.

In the past several of our favorite childhood books were banned. Here are just a few examples:

  • The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein                                                                  
                                                                                                                                                                                  A public library in Colorado banned this book in 1988 as it was thought to be too sexist. Some believed the young boy was continually taking from the female tree and never offering anything in return. The young boy continued to take from the tree til the tree had nothing left to offer
  • The Lorax by Dr. Seuss                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                          was banned in 1989 by a California school because it was portrayed logging industry in a bad light. The Lorax was criticized for excessive portrayal of consumerism where greedy Americans want the latest and greatest items regardless of consequences
  • James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                                                                                      This book has been banned several times for being too scary for targeted age group. It has also been said to promote bad behavior, disobedience and at times to some comunism. 

What Do You Think???

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