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    Re: Banned books... I don't understand this!

    I have this great button that I wear when I work at the bookstore: I read banned books. There are a few who tell me it is good to ban some books. I am use to this comment and don't get too upset, I mearly say that the Bible is one of the heavies contested book. That usually shuts them up.

    Why should anyone have the right to tell me or my children what books they cannot read? If they don't want their kid to read a certain book, fine, but keep it to yourself.

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    Re: Banned books... I don't understand this!

    Quote Originally Posted by AlohaStitch View Post


    Actually.... I had a parent (in my first year of teaching..was a 5th grade classroom), that absolutely went off on me for reading Harry Potter... (all the other parents and admin were fine with it)....

    AND the reason was..."because of when they kill the unicorn and cut off it's head and Harry Potter drinks the blood." (Wot the?) When I asked her to show me WHERE in the book that was.. she told me that she didn't read the book and would never read the book and that her Pastor told her congregation about it.

    As a result of this ONE parent's tirade, the entire school was unable to attend a free-screening of HP as she went to the board and felt "we need to protect the souls of these children."

    (Thank goodness I was only there one year). At the school I am at now, we have LOTS of those "banned" books on the shelves and if a parent doesn't want the child to read them, they merely notifiy the librarian and the child can't check them out.

    I read the classics to my kids all the time (Special Ed K-8th) We have read Peter Pan, Wizard of Oz series, and just started on the 1921 Dr. Doolittle series. (In Dr. Doolittle, the only thing I had to censor was a derogatory name for african americans -begins with "n." This wasn't used in a degoratory way in the book, but was used as a term instead of native peoples, etc." One of the unfortunate terms of the time. We discussed the word (as my kids would look through the book), why it was used, and now how can we work around it when we read. We decided as a class to substitue a much nicer word and my kids decided to use the term "the people" ("Cause aren't t we all just people anyways? - their rational! ) (LOVED IT!!)...and we went on to have enjoy the book.

    But Miss Violet...I agree with you completely. And as you can see, banned books are a HUGE complaint of mine!!!

    And unicorns are real you know! My sister had a parent give her the same reason for not wanting her kid to listen to the books. Crazy!!

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    Re: Banned books... I don't understand this!

    Quote Originally Posted by Missviolet View Post
    Take a look at this link and this one..

    What the heck?!

    How in you-know-who's name is The Bridge to Terabithia a "danger to children"?

    I honestly don't understand how people (parent, teachers, ect...) can think that reading any of these books will be bad for their children. I can see banning the book with profanity from younger libraries... but most of these works do nothing but inspire children and adults alike to relish in their imaginations! I can see the Harry Potter series getting so much grief... mainly because people are very quick to judge (probably without even reading any of the books) when anything with “witch/wizard” words are use.
    What do you guys think?

    Do you have any banned book stories or experiences to share?
    I believe Censorship is never a good thing. It just holds people back. People should be thanking J.K. Rowling for creating such a passion for reading with the Harry Potter books, not shunning her.

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    Re: Banned books... I don't understand this!

    Quote Originally Posted by MTNGIRL View Post
    Banned books is one of my biggest pet peeves. I don't personally think any book should be banned. I think parents should be involved in what their children are reading and be responsible for deciding whether or not it's appropriate.
    That's pretty much my take on it. Banning a book because you don't agree with what it says is like telling people they can't talk because you don't like the sound of their voice or what they are saying. If you don't like it, don't read it. If you are a parent and don't want your children reading it... explain to them why. Kids aren't stupid and shouldn't be treated that way. Respect them and explain to them and such. Don't just ban it.

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    Re: Banned books... I don't understand this!

    Sylvester and the Magic Pebble??!! That is one of the banned books!? It was banned because animals are portraying people and a police officer was a pig.

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    Re: Banned books... I don't understand this!

    Quote Originally Posted by kirbilicious View Post
    Do they want every book to be happy and perky and portray a perfect world where violence, swearing, and (God-forbid) homosexuality don't exist?
    Sometimes I think so. It's a fantasy world, and certainly does nothing to prepare their children for life in the real world.

    Quote Originally Posted by Nancywitt View Post
    I have this great button that I wear when I work at the bookstore: I read banned books. There are a few who tell me it is good to ban some books. I am use to this comment and don't get too upset, I mearly say that the Bible is one of the heavies contested book.
    I will have to remember that... I absolutely disagree that books should be "kept aside"... As a reader I want access to *everything*.

    Quote Originally Posted by mycroft16 View Post
    If you don't like it, don't read it. If you are a parent and don't want your children reading it... explain to them why.
    But banning things and making the issues invisible is so much easier to deal with. Talking to your kids takes effort. And they ask inconvenient questions.
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    Re: Banned books... I don't understand this!

    Quote Originally Posted by alphabassetgrrl View Post

    But banning things and making the issues invisible is so much easier to deal with. Talking to your kids takes effort. And they ask inconvenient questions.
    I think you just summed it up beautifully!!!!

    OMG that parents should actually.....

    (and don't ban me for saying this)


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    Re: Banned books... I don't understand this!

    My favorite part is how Farenheit 451 is on the banned list. A book about the dangers of banning books, and it's on the banned list. And why is Huck Finn on the list?

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    Re: Banned books... I don't understand this!

    Quote Originally Posted by Pizzapants View Post
    And why is Huck Finn on the list?
    I believe it is because of language, they use the N word a lot and Huck runs away with a slave.

    I'm not agreeing, I'm just reporting.

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    Re: Banned books... I don't understand this!

    Quote Originally Posted by Nancywitt View Post
    I believe it is because of language, they use the N word a lot and Huck runs away with a slave.

    I'm not agreeing, I'm just reporting.
    So does rap music Not to say it's okay or anything, but that was life back then and it's wrong for us to ignore the facts.

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    Re: Banned books... I don't understand this!

    Quote Originally Posted by yoyoflamingo View Post
    As a school media specialist (aka Librarian) I will say that there is a lot of discussion on banned books. Recently, out here on Long Island, the novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower was challenged since it deals with many controversial issues. Personally, I think it is a book that EVERY child should read, since it's a book that deals with many issues that students must deal with growing up. It's done with taste and with care, and is an excellent read.
    The Perks of Being a Wallflower has to be one of my favorite books. When I was in tenth grade my English teacher let me borrow it and it's been a favorite of mine every since.

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    Re: Banned books... I don't understand this!

    Wow...a lot of..."interesting" stories...umm...

    First, I don't ever recall ever having a book banned from any school library when I was in school. All the books I read were perfectly available, and I don't ever recall any books "banned." In fact, when I was in eighth grade, I recall my middle school carrying "Gone With The Wind" in our library.

    I remember reading "Old Yeller" in 7th Grade, and me and my Mom had a discussion about the character shooting the dog at the end. My Mom explained to me that the book was called coming-of-age, and it was here were I learned about what it was like to make the hardest decisions in life, and we'll all have to face that in a certain point in our lives.

    I think it really helped me because I know what "Coming-of-age" means, and I learned it from this book.

    I think after telling this story, I think parents need to get involved with thier children, and discuss what they read. Banning books is never the best thing.

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    Re: Banned books... I don't understand this!

    As parents and generally, common sense Americans, we must be able to approach our decisions in what we read and show the children of this nation what's out there, what the true past is, and where we are right now. (In the case of some books, people died so that we could learn from them.) With this knowledge we can help direct them toward a future that is feasible for all of us with eyes wide open. While I, and a large majority of the nation are religious we must not act like ostrich with our heads in the sand afraid of the possibilities of what the other side has to say. We must arm our children with the facts. I for one thank you Miss Violet for sharing these lists with us. Now I know what books to stock up on for my family and I to read.
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    Re: Banned books... I don't understand this!

    Believe it or not, Where's Waldo is on the 100 most contreversial books of all time aparently. It's because on one page there's a topless woman on the beach. What a stupid reason!

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    Re: Banned books... I don't understand this!

    Quote Originally Posted by Paola View Post
    As parents and generally, common sense Americans, we must be able to approach our decisions in what we read and show the children of this nation what's out there, what the true past is, and where we are right now. (In the case of some books, people died so that we could learn from them.) With this knowledge we can help direct them toward a future that is feasible for all of us with eyes wide open. While I, and a large majority of the nation are religious we must not act like ostrich with our heads in the sand afraid of the possibilities of what the other side has to say. We must arm our children with the facts. I for one thank you Miss Violet for sharing these lists with us. Now I know what books to stock up on for my family and I to read.


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