Monday, November 5, 2012

Banned Books & Pink Shoes


This is the cute, pink-shoed librarian scarecrow that sits at the entrance to the Sierra Madre Public Library.  If you look at her book bag closely, you'll see that it says "I read banned books."  Having not heard much about banned books lately, I looked it up, and found that (of course) many of our classics have been banned at various times, in various countries, for various reasons.  Including this one: In 1966, Green Eggs and Ham was banned in the People's Republic of China, for its portrayal of early Marxism.  The ban was lifted in 1991, upon Seuss's death.  I do not like this book being banned.  I do not like this, Sam I Am.  (Okay.  That didn't really rhyme, but you get my point...)


14 comments:

  1. Wow, had not known that about Green Eggs and Ham...BTW I read banned books as well.. Tell me I can't read it, and I will find a way! :-)

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    1. That's me! I'm also annoyed by the word "mandatory"!

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  2. green eggs and ham, really?!! and i thought the usa was crazy about banning books ha! i like your own version of the book, cute!

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  3. Of all things to ban, a Dr. Suess classic? Like Tanya, I always thought it was mainly the US going crazy about banned books these days! (Also like your rhyme, which does rhyme:)

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    1. Yeah, it looks like we've backed off a lot, compared to elsewhere! Poor Dr. Seuss... And thanks! :)

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  4. I love this scarecrow...! They are still about then? Fantastic and yes I get your point :).

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    1. Yes, some of the regular, fall-type (non-Halloween) scarecrows are still hanging about. :)

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  5. Yes, such books are usually the most impressive ones. Have a formerly banned German and one American one. Please have a good Tuesday.

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  6. O many people need such bigger problems. Would that Green Eggs and Ham were my biggest problem.

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  7. Some pretty amazing books have been banned at one time or another, in one place or another. The American Library Association sponsors Banned Books Week every year, and they put out an interesting list of banned and challenged books: http://bit.ly/SvvXdP

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    1. That's a very interesting list! I also read that the last one fully banned in the U.S. was Fanny Hill. Now, I must read it!

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