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Children's classics banned in America

 
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 04, 2013 5:38 pm    Post subject: Children's classics banned in America Reply with quote

The children's classics banned from the bookshelves of America until as late as the 1990s because they were thought to outrage moral decency

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2351806/The-childrens-classics-banned-bookshelves-America-late-1990s-deemed-outrage-moral-decency.html

- Anne Frank, Winnie the Pooh and Alice in Wonderland shelved
- Schools complained The Lorax could damage the logging industry

The Daily Mail, London
By Daily Mail Reporter
30 June 2013

Most adults will have fond memories of reading of the adventures of Winnie the Pooh in the Hundred Acre Wood as a child, but few will realize that it was banned because the animals spoke.

The much-loved book by A.A. Milne is among several popular children's books and a dictionary that have been banned in the U.S. over the years for being anti-Christian, too sexual or damaging to industry.

Important works of literature such as The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, praised for its insight into the impact of the Second World War on children, was banned by a Virginia school over the 'sexual content and homosexual themes' when the definitive edition was released in 2010.
Tall tales: Winnie the Pooh is accused of alluding to Nazism and being ungodly for allowing animals to talk

Tall tales: Winnie the Pooh is accused of alluding to Nazism and being ungodly for allowing animals to talk

Other schools tried to ban it from reading lists because it was too depressing and last month a Michigan mother complained about its 'pornographic tendencies' over passages where Anne describes going through puberty.

Alice in Wonderland came in for similar criticism, with it being shelved in New Hampshire in 1900 for alleged references to sexual fantasies and masturbation. It has also been seen as promoting drug use.

Two books - Shel Silverstein's The Giving Tree and Dr Seuss's The Lorax - were both criticized for damaging the foresting industry.

A Colorado library barred the Giving Tree for being sexist in 1988 and in 1989 a Californian school district banned The Lorax incase it put children off a career in the logging industry.

One of the most popular Dr Seuss books, Green Eggs and Ham, was not allowed in parts of California because of suggestions of 'homosexual seduction', according to
Buzzfeed.

Another author who has made it to the banned list is Roald Dahl. James and the Giant Peach was not allowed in schools in 1999 because it contained the word 'ass' and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was shelved in a Colorado Library in 1988 over its 'poor philosophy of life'.

Setting a bad example to children also led to Harriet the Spy and Bridge to Terabithia being struck off in 1983 and 1996 respectively.

Both were viewed as encouraging children to be disrespectful for children. Harriet the Spy was accused of teaching 'children to lie, spy, talk back and curse,' and Katherine Peterson's novel Bridge to Terabithia was described as 'an elaborate fantasy world that might lead to confusion'.

The realms of fantasy have been the downfall for other works of literature, especially in the Southern states, where classics such as Where the Wild Things Are was shelved in the 1960s for promoting the supernatural.

Likewise, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was considered 'ungodly' in Chicago and was criticized for depicting women in strong leadership roles.

The beloved story was also banned in 1957 by Detroit Library for having 'no value for children today'.

For Winnie the Pooh and Charlotte's Web, talking animals led to the books being silenced in Kansas. And while some places have claimed Winnie the Pooh alludes to Nazism, institutions in Turkey and the UK have banned the book because the character of Piglet could offend Muslims.

The Winnie the Pooh concerns even led to a 14-year-old girl in California being suspended from school for wearing Tigger socks after the school banned students from wearing clothes with the characters on, according to Banned Books.

Perhaps most surprising however, is that the book was banned for its extremist material in Russia, according to the Wall Street Journal.

In two cases of mistaken identity, the popular Where's Waldo? book was banned in 1987 and later reprinted over claims that it showed a topless woman on a beach, though she was never found, and the author of Bill Martin Jr had his book Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? barred by the Texas Board of Education after he was mistaken for a philosopher with the same name, who writes about ethical Marxism.

Finally, California schools had the last word when they banned the 10th edition of the Merriam-Webster Dictionary in 2010 because it included a definition for 'oral sex'.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 05, 2013 2:04 pm    Post subject: Provincial book bans < nationwide censorship Reply with quote

This article, the way it's written and especially the headline, makes it sound like those books were all censored and unavailable all over the country.

Nothing could be farther from the truth.

All it takes is one little parochial Christian school pulling a book for one of these reasons, and the US library system hears of it and makes up this list of "Banned Books."

Which means this story is mostly hype about uptight people reading things that aren't there into good books.

Every single one of these books was on the shelves in my home, in the nearest public libraries, and in the schools my kids went to in the 1990's. I don't know about the rest of the US; I don't know where these books were banned, other than the few in the article where such specifics were listed. They weren't banned in the greater Puget Sound area, nor was publishing of them halted.

But stories like this really make Americans look ridiculous to London and the rest of the world. We're not all that narrow-minded, okay? Shocked
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 07, 2013 6:09 am    Post subject: Re: Provincial book bans < nationwide censorship Reply with quote

Laurelluin wrote:
But stories like this really make Americans look ridiculous to London and the rest of the world. We're not all that narrow-minded, okay? Shocked

Duly noted. super grin

Thanks for setting the record straight.
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