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Toronto library asked to shelve Dr. Seuss' 'Hop on Pop' because it promotes violence
upi ^ | April 29, 2014 | Evan Bleier

Posted on 04/30/2014 6:22:48 AM PDT by JoeProBono

TORONTO, Librarians at the Toronto Public Library were asked to remove copies of Dr. Seuss’ 1963 children's book "Hop on Pop” from the establishment’s collection because it allegedly promotes violence.

A document detailing the seven books the library has been asked to remove over the past year was posted online on Monday.

The book “encourages children to use violence against their fathers,” according to the complaint.

In addition to apologizing to fathers in the Toronto area, the complainant also asked that the library “pay for damages resulting from the book.”

The Materials Review Committee pointed out that the book is “humorous,” “well-loved” and that it has “appeared on many ‘Best of’ children’s book lists.”

The MRC also pointed out that the children in the Pulitzer Prize-winning author’s book are actually told not to hop on pop.

Despite the complaint, the library opted to retain the book in the children's collection.


TOPICS: Books/Literature; Chit/Chat
KEYWORDS: canada; drseuss


1 posted on 04/30/2014 6:22:48 AM PDT by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono

The “complainant” needs to be exposed and publicly shamed.


2 posted on 04/30/2014 6:24:17 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: JoeProBono

Those who wish to ban books for moronic reasons... they are the ones who promote my violent thoughts...


3 posted on 04/30/2014 6:24:23 AM PDT by Teacher317 (We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men)
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To: MrB
Absolutely.

My kids still like to Hop on Pop.

I'll enjoy it while it lasts, or until they get too big and I don't want them to anymore. :-)

4 posted on 04/30/2014 6:26:17 AM PDT by wbill
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To: Teacher317


5 posted on 04/30/2014 6:27:17 AM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

THIS might be the moron complaint of the month. S/he needs a life, doncha think?


6 posted on 04/30/2014 6:29:21 AM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: wbill

What is it about sitting on the floor that is translated into an invitation to tackle me?


7 posted on 04/30/2014 6:30:05 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: JoeProBono

I have this book at least partially memorized - at some point it says “stop, you must not hop on pop” therefore teaching children to mind and have respect for their elders.


8 posted on 04/30/2014 6:31:02 AM PDT by ozarkgirl
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To: JoeProBono
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
You're on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...”
― Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You'll Go!

Words to live by.
9 posted on 04/30/2014 6:39:38 AM PDT by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: ozarkgirl


10 posted on 04/30/2014 6:43:36 AM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: PowderMonkey


11 posted on 04/30/2014 6:47:45 AM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: JoeProBono
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, Gone With the Wind, Fahrenheit 451, James and the Giant Peach, and To Kill a Mockingbird have been banned by schools for being socially offensive.

Jaws was banned by a school for having too much sexual contact.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? was banned by the Texas Board of Education in 2010, because its author, Bill Martin, Jr. was a marxist; problem is, Bill Martin, Jr., the marxist author, isn't Bill Martin, Jr., the children's book author.

Charlotte's Web was banned in a school district in Kansas because two talking animals must be the work of the devil.

Merrimack, NH, schools, pulled Twelfth Night, by Bill Shakespeare. Girl washes ashore after a shipwreck, disguises herself as a page, and falls in love with her male master. Cross-dressing, faux same-sex romance violated school district's "prohibition of alternative lifestyle instruction."

Most recently, in Meridian, Idaho, when the school district banned "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian," students complained, and the publisher sent 350 free copies to be distributed to students. When students tried to distribute them for free in a city park, one of the 'ban the book' fathers called the police.

12 posted on 04/30/2014 6:50:51 AM PDT by Scoutmaster (I'd rather be at Philmont)
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To: JoeProBono
Despite the complaint, the library opted to retain the book in the children's collection.

Good. It's always one malcontent who ruins things for everybody. Someone needs to stand up and tell these complainers to go pound sand.

13 posted on 04/30/2014 7:06:50 AM PDT by Cymbaline ("Allahu Akbar": Arabic for "Nothing To See Here" - Mark Steyn)
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To: Scoutmaster

“”The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,””

I read on another thread that Elizabeth Warren was writing a book. Now it seems she’s already written it.

I’m so confused!


14 posted on 04/30/2014 7:07:02 AM PDT by Flash Bazbeaux
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To: Scoutmaster


15 posted on 04/30/2014 7:11:57 AM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: Cymbaline

Someone needs to stand up and tell these complainers to go pound sand. ....I call them members of Our Lady of the Perpetually Offended.


16 posted on 04/30/2014 7:19:08 AM PDT by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: JoeProBono

Hey Canucks,.......EAT ME,


17 posted on 04/30/2014 7:48:39 AM PDT by Doc Savage ("I've shot people I like a lot more,...for a lot less!" Raylan Givins)
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To: JoeProBono

Oh, for the Sake of Pete


18 posted on 04/30/2014 7:51:49 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Operating out of weakness? Imagine if he was working from a position of strength!)
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19 posted on 04/30/2014 8:01:13 AM PDT by Only1choice____Freedom (As long as America's tolerence of failure is not overwhelmed by a desire to succeed, we will fail.)
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To: JoeProBono

Why is it that someone who is able to work out the correct procedure for challenging a book in the public library system, is incapable of grasping the meaning of a children’s book written almost entirely in monosyllables?

“It’s so sad how they hopped on Pop.” - Homer Simpson


20 posted on 04/30/2014 12:13:13 PM PDT by RansomOttawa (tm)
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To: MrB; cloudmountain

Maybe the person did it as a satire on political correctness.


21 posted on 05/01/2014 12:32:22 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Scoutmaster
Jaws was banned by a school for having too much sexual contact.

Why would a school be showing kids Jaws?

22 posted on 05/01/2014 12:35:18 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Jaws, the novel by Peter Benchley, not Jaws, the movie adaptation of the book.


23 posted on 05/01/2014 1:19:12 PM PDT by Scoutmaster (I'd rather be at Philmont)
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To: Scoutmaster

And why would a school be giving that book to kids to read?


24 posted on 05/01/2014 1:22:28 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Maybe so.


25 posted on 05/01/2014 8:19:02 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: nickcarraway

Not all banned books are required reading. Jaws may simply have been in the school library.


26 posted on 05/02/2014 4:45:11 AM PDT by Scoutmaster (I'd rather be at Philmont)
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