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  • MIT Press Publishes ‘Communism for Kids’ Book

    04/10/2017 2:30:49 PM PDT · by kevcol · 41 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | April 10, 2017 | Elizabeth Harrington
    MIT Press is out with a new book that teaches children the tenets of Karl Marx with fairy tales. Communism for Kids, written by a German author who specializes in political theory and "queer politics," was released last month. The thesis of the children's book is that communism is "not that hard," but has not been implemented in the right way.
  • Dick Bruna, Artist And Author Of The Intricately Simple Miffy, Dies At 89

    02/18/2017 3:01:52 AM PST · by csvset · 2 replies
    GPBnews ^ | Colin Dwyer
    Dick Bruna, Artist And Author Of The Intricately Simple Miffy, Dies At 89 Colin Dwyer Dick Bruna at the opening of his 2005 exhibit of Miffy creations in the Hague. Bruna's iconic white rabbit proved to be popular worldwide. Miffy the rabbit seems quite simple. Two black dots for eyes, a sideways X for a mouth, a body inked in gentle curves — the artistry of Dick Bruna's creation rests precisely in its apparent artlessness. And in the six decades since Miffy was first put to page, Bruna's venerable rabbit has earned the affection of young fans worldwide, the admiration...
  • Simon & Schuster to Launch Muslim Children’s Book Division

    02/26/2016 2:56:43 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 53 replies
    New York Post ^ | February 25, 2016 | Keith J. Kelly
    Simon & Schuster is launching an imprint to focus on books with Muslim characters and stories. SNIP Its first four books, set to be published in 2017, will be: “Salam Alaikum,” a picture book by recording artist Harris J.; “Musa, Moises, Mo and Kevin,” a picture book about four kindergarten best friends...SNIP...; and “Yo Soy Muslim,” a lyrical picture book by Mark Gonzales.
  • Oxford Press bans pigs from children’s books, so here’s Porky Pig reciting Pledge of Allegiance

    01/26/2015 5:15:07 AM PST · by grundle · 19 replies
    wordpress ^ | January 24, 2015 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog Oxford University Press bans pigs from children’s books, so here’s Porky Pig reciting the Pledge of Allegiance Oxford University Press is the largest university press in the world.The Telegraph reports:The Oxford University Press has warned its writers not to mention pigs, sausages or pork-related words in children’s books, in an apparent bid to avoid offending Jews and Muslims.Jews?I’m Jewish, and I have neither been offended, nor heard of any Jew claiming to be offended, by pigs being mentioned in literature. On the contrary, I grew up with this stuff, and I love it. Here’s “Piggies” by...
  • Oxford University Press Bans Use Of Pig, Sausage Or Pork-Related Words To Avoid Offending Muslims

    01/14/2015 5:54:37 PM PST · by Steelfish · 65 replies
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | January 14, 2015
    Oxford University Press Bans Use Of Pig, Sausage Or Pork-Related Words To Avoid Offending Muslims 14 Jan 2015 The Oxford University Press has warned its writers not to mention pigs, sausages or pork-related words in children's books, in an apparent bid to avoid offending Jews and Muslims. The existence of the publisher's guidelines emerged after a radio discussion on free speech in the wake of the Paris attacks. Speaking on Radio 4's Today programme, presenter Jim Naughtie said: "I've got a letter here that was sent out by OUP to an author doing something for young people. "Among the things...
  • Oxford University Press bans mention of pigs in books to avoid offending Muslims

    01/14/2015 6:17:27 AM PST · by don-o · 55 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | January 14, 2015 | Robert Spencer
    More abject surrender and dhimmitude from Ludicrous Britannia. OUP says they are avoiding mentioning pork and pigs in books to avoid offending Muslims and Jews, but Jews have never taken offense at such things — it was only in Saudi Arabia, for example, that censors covered over a pig character in a children’s book with a big black marker. “Oxford University Press bans mention of pork and pigs in books to ‘avoid offending Muslims or Jews,'” by Ewan Palmer, International Business Times, January 14, 2015 (thanks to Lookmann): "One of the biggest education publishers in the world has warned its...
  • Boys turning to action-packed video games because books are ‘too girly’ for them, says…

    04/21/2014 8:01:40 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 93 replies
    Mail on Sunday (UK) ^ | 19:32 EST, 20 April 2014 | Andrew Levy
    Boys are being put off reading because of the influence women have on children’s literature, says an award-winning children’s author. Jonathan Emmett warned that children’s books were too girly because of the influence of mostly female panels of editors, publishers, reviewers and judges. One publishing company’s research suggested women bought 95 percent of picture books for children, he added. The writer believes boys are being starved of what they enjoy in books, such as swashbuckling pirates, battles, or technical details about spaceships, and so are driven to more action-packed video games instead. …

    09/18/2013 5:31:09 PM PDT · by rogerparco · 1 replies
    The Blaze ^ | September 5, 2013 | Meredith Jessup
    Here's a look at what's buzzing in the book world today: It’s a time-traveling adventure novel for kids, dubbed “Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims.” The conservative radio host announced his latest literary venture on his program Thursday. Rush: We have brought to life Rush Revere, our character at Two If By Tea. And we have today the ability to announce to you a book that is aimed for everybody, but it’s for kids, to learn the truth about the very early and beginning days of this country, but it is a book for everybody to buy. Everybody has kids...
  • Berenstain Bears try to keep distance from Chick-fil-A

    07/31/2012 1:26:03 PM PDT · by NYer · 67 replies
    USNews ^ | July 30, 2012 | Isolde Raftery
    <p>The Berenstain family wrote on its web site that it did not know about the controversy surrounding Chick-Fil-A and gay marriage until July 25.</p> <p>Comments by the CEO of the fast food chain Chick-fil-A opposing same-sex marriage continued to reverberate for a second week, drawing the beloved children’s book figures the Berenstain Bears into the controversy.</p>
  • Lifestyles Of The Rich and Heinous

    01/11/2010 8:01:52 AM PST · by Patriot1259 · 318+ views ^ | 01/11/2010 | Staff
    LIFESTYLES OF THE RICH AND HEINOUS...Speaker Queenosie, President Marxus Obundus, Dudd, Schmoozer and Fwank Gorge in Splendor While Americans Face Unprecedented Hardship in Kids Book Tommy and Lou quietly packed up their final supplies from their business and began to walk down the sidewalk. When they reached the corner they stopped, stunned at what they saw. There in the distance, at a very private area, in a very large mansion, stood Marxus Obundus raising an expensive champagne glass to Queenosie, Dontreid, Schmoozer, Dudd, Fwank and all the other radicals and TV and news reporters as they dined on apples and...
  • Thomas the Tank Engine attacked for 'conservative political ideology'

    12/10/2009 2:13:14 AM PST · by markomalley · 55 replies · 1,654+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 12/10/2009 | Aislinn Lang
    Children's favourite Thomas the Tank Engine has been attacked by a Canadian academic for its "conservative political ideology" and failure to adequately represent women. The show's right-wing politics shows the colourful steam engines punished if they show initiative or oppose change, the researcher found. She also highlighted the class divide which sees the downtrodden workers in the form of Thomas and his friends at the bottom of the social ladder and the wealthy Fat Controller, Sir Topham Hatt, at the top. The criticism, by Shauna Wilton, a professor of political sciences at the University of Alberta, is likely to anger...
  • Don't Read "The Lorax" to your kids

    03/26/2009 7:28:20 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 40 replies · 2,130+ views
    March 26, 2009 | reaganaut1
    I read "The Lorax" by Dr. Seuss yesterday evening to my 5-year-old. My wife had borrowed it from the library. I was expecting an amusing kid's book like "Green Eggs and Ham" (also by Seuss), but what I got was tiresome environmental, anti-business agit-prop. Ugh. Almost everyone on Amazon has given it 5 stars -- no wonder Obama is president. I think the language in the book is dumb, too. Why invent words like "biggerer" (used repeatedly) instead of using the word "bigger". It's too bad I need to screen children's books for political indoctrination. I wonder if there are...
  • The Best Kids’ Books Ever

    07/05/2009 5:12:41 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 42 replies · 2,131+ views
    New York Times ^ | July 4, 2009 | Nicholas D. Kristof
    ... A mountain of research points to a central lesson: Pry your kids away from the keyboard and the television this summer, and get them reading. Let me help by offering my list of the Best Children’s Books — Ever! So here they are, in ascending order of difficulty, and I can vouch that these are also great to read aloud. 1. “Charlotte’s Web.” The story of the spider who saves her friend, the pig, is the kindest representation of an arthropod in literary history. 2. The Hardy Boys series. Yes, I hear the snickers. But I devoured them myself...
  • (Vanity) In Praise of A Simpler Time, or, Dude, Where's My Childhood?

    05/31/2009 4:33:07 AM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 5 replies · 840+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 05-31-2009 | grey_whiskers
    This screed is going to be a little different from some that I have posted recently. Instead of worrying about dire threats to our nation's sovereignty, we are going to take a trip down memory lane, with the aid of a remarkable couple of children's books. While we are doing this, there will be a couple of wistful reminisces and (of course) a passing reference to the title of the piece. As C.S. Lewis wrote in a dedication of one of his Narnia series, the person to whom he dedicated the book was too old for fairy-tales; but the time...
  • Publishers Crank Out Children's Books on Obama

    03/04/2009 4:39:09 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 26 replies · 716+ views ^ | March 4, 2009
    President Obama, the merchandising phenomenon, has been a boon to sidewalk T-shirt vendors everywhere, the Washington Times reports. Less conspicuous, perhaps, is the equally robust success of the children's book industry in marketing Obama's hopeful aura and personal history to parents of young children. Are children's book publishers seeking to indoctrinate impressionable young readers -- or are they simply obeying the laws of supply and demand? When the country elects a new president, publishers characteristically issue a biography or two geared toward young readers. But in the case of Obama, publishers are tapping into unusual levels of excitement and curiosity.
  • Children of the Left, Unite! (Marxism in books for children)

    01/10/2009 12:22:33 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 20 replies · 595+ views
    New York Times ^ | January 9, 2009 | Caleb Crain
    As Julia L. Mickenberg and Philip Nel document in Tales for Little Rebels: A Collection of Radical Children’s Literature (New York University, $32.95), Marxist principles have been dripping steadily into the minds of American youth for more than a century. This isn’t altogether surprising. After all, most parents want their children to be far left in their early years — to share toys, to eschew the torture of siblings, to leave a clean environment behind them, to refrain from causing the extinction of the dog, to rise above coveting and hoarding, and to view the blandishments of corporate America through...
  • Pope's cat writes purrfect book (The life of the Holy Father chronicled in children's book)

    04/20/2008 10:37:32 PM PDT · by Stoat · 41 replies · 1,797+ views
    The New York Daily Mews ^ | April 20, 2008 | STEPHANIE GASKELL
    Pope's cat writes purrfect book BY STEPHANIE GASKELL DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER Sunday, April 20th 2008, 4:00 AM There's one very unusual biography of Pope Benedict - a children's book, supposedly written by his cat."Joseph and Chico: The Life of Pope Benedict XVI as Told by a Cat" is a 36-page illustrated book that chronicles the life of Benedict through the words of his cat, Chico. "I'm meeting you in the pages of this book to tell you a story about my very best friend, a wonderful man with whom I've shared so many happy times," Chico says. "I...
  • Harry Potter: 3 More Things I Learned

    08/01/2007 6:59:32 AM PDT · by ParsifalCA · 1,043 replies · 10,002+ views
    ExileStreet ^ | 8/1/07 | John Mark Reynolds
    I am warning those who have not finished the series . . . and there must be still a few of them by now. . . that there are spoilers ahead. I have just finished the last book . . . having spent an enjoyable evening with it thanks to Sam’s Club and an indulgent wife. I am done with Harry Potter and enjoying the literary aftertaste the way one enjoys a fine meal almost as much after it is done as when it is being consumed . . . though it is a bit sad that the series is...
  • Never Too Young to Indoctrinate: 'Why Mommy Is a Democrat'

    03/21/2007 6:15:50 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 51 replies · 1,606+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Oy, did Google's algorithims ever misfire this morning. There at the top of my Gmail inbox was an ad, which the Google wizards presumably determined to be geared to my predilections, for a book called . . . "Why Mommy Is a Democrat." I suppose Google was right, in the sense that the ad piqued my interest, though the odds of my buying a copy of the book are as remote as Outer Mongolia. But let's have a look. According to the About page: Why Mommy is a Democrat brings to life the core values of the Democratic party...
  • Let Sleeping Beauties Lie (Review: Anthology of Children's Literature marks genre's end)

    08/02/2006 7:39:12 PM PDT · by Stoat · 28 replies · 2,190+ views
    The Claremont Institute ^ | August 2, 2006 | Dorothea Israel Wolfson
    Let Sleeping Beauties Lie By Dorothea Israel WolfsonPosted August 2, 2006This essay appeared in the Summer 2006 issue of the Claremont Review of Books. Click here to send a comment.   A review of The Norton Anthology of Children's Literature: The Traditions in English edited by Jack Zipes, Lissa Paul, Lynne Vallone, Peter Hunt, and Gillian Avery  Parents have always fretted about what to read to their children, and experts have always been ready with advice. In their educational writings, John Locke and Jean Jacques Rousseau together mentioned only three books worthy of a child's mind. Locke recommended Aesop's...