26 January 2011


I just reread this book for a challenge, and am remembering how much I like children's poetry. I have always liked poetry in general, but children's poetry is especially fun as it is so whimsical and free. This book certainly fits this bill. As I was reading the book I found out that it is on the banned book list. I must admit, that surprised me, so I looked up why and here is what I found: 

It has been banned because of "suggestive illustrations." One library also claimed that the book "glorified Satan, suicide and cannibalism, and also encouraged children to be disobedient." 

As to the "suggestive illustrations", have these people ever actually read the book? In my copy, the illustrations are detailed enough to be suggestive. In fact, they are not even true to the human form. As for the other complaints, all I can say is some people have no imagination, and some parents are too lazy to parent. Oh well. 

I really liked this book. The poems remind me of a simpler time, when I had no worries and felt that I had the whole wor

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