Great Memories of Books Like Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz
Do you remember the books you read as a child? Whether it was read by a teacher, a parent, or yourself, we all have wonderful memories of books such as Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of OZ. A Light in the Attic, and Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone. Well, Alice in Wonderland was banned from libraries In New Hampshire for promoting drug use. The Wizard of 02 was banned because apparently it sexist to give a strong leadership role to a female. A Light in the Attic was banned because “it encourages children to break dishes to avoid doing them”. Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone was banned because it contained witchcraft. What, do they expect us to change it to Harry Potter and the Completely Normal Childhood that was in No Way Magical?
These classic children‘s books shouldn’t be banned from public libraries because they have educational value and teach young children how to read; they contain powerful stories that shaped the world we know today. which should be passed down in generations, and it is narrow minded for parents to keep children from these books. It is a well know fact that a lot of books are either banned or challenged because of reference to drugs or alcohol, and anyone who believes in the censorship of books will tell you that. Little Red Riding Hood is a perfect example. Some editions of the book, there is a bottle of wine in Little Red Riding Hood’s basket. and that this could promote alcohol and drug use. The bottle of wine is merely a cultural reference. considering that the book was published in Europe.
Where it is common to treat the sick, granny in this case, with alcoholic beverages. It is not, in any way, persuading children to abuse alcohol. The bottle of wine in not even mentioned in the book, it is only a small detail in the cover. Children‘s books also should not be banned because they contain powerful stories with ideas that should be worth spreading. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, gives children a new of way of thinking, bringing new ideas and perspectives to life as we know it, even to adults. The Telegraph UK quotes: “The book works on two levels: as a delightful children’s fantasy and as an impish poke in the eye to adults. Alice‘s strange new world remains just enough like the polite somety of Victorian England that we can recognize it — but it isn’t terribly polite, allowing adults to understand much of the book as satire.
Of course, kids usually don’t see the satire; they simply enjoy the nonsense. If you’ve forgotten how to do that, Alice can help you remember.” This delightful children’s classic should not be taken off shelves. and neither should any other. Another great example is Charlie and the chocolate factory, a wonderful book written by Roald Dahl. The New York Times believes that It‘s a vividly told wild ride with amusing, cartoon-like sketches that will keep kids excrted and laughing. Various forms of bad behavior are demonstrated. but the punishments perfectly fit the crimes, It is the kind of book that you would encourage your child to read, no stop them from doing so. Now, if your little one is learning to read, it Will be extremely difficult for him to learn to do so if some of the best beginners books are thrown off shelves.
Many award winning picture books have been know to help children read by containing simple words that are easy to pronounce. and images that help them comprehend the story better. RIF.org stated: “Picture books help young children understand that words convey meaning, well before they are aware of the text. Pictures can help increase vocabulary, an important building block for reading. Books can help young children identify colors, shapes, numbers, and letters. as well as names of people. places. animals. and everyday objects.” However, many books proven to be the most helpful for children who are learning to read have been banned from public libraries.
Where The Wild Things Are was banned in some libraries for having witchcraft. supernatural elements, and a child who yells at his mother. If this or any other book is taken from a child. it will be much more difficult for him/her to advance in reading It Is also extremely selfish and narrow-minded for parents to want to take these wonderful books away from children. And Tango Makes 3 is a wonderful book about two male penguins who adopt an abandoned egg. It has been extremely challenging to Introducrng nontraditional family values and homosexual themes. What parents don’t understand. is that neither this book or any other is trying to persuade children with their different point of views. They’re just telling them yes, they do exist and they should be taken Into consrderation.
It is extremely narrow-minded to take away these books from children simply because they introduce topics they parents are uncomfortable talking about. Parents do have the right to tell their children what to read and what not to. but what they don‘t have the right to do is to take away books from other people‘s children. In light of the above. it is evident that censorship is another form of blindness. because no one has the right to take away knowledge from you. It is a dangerous practice that Will not only interfere with a child’s learning. but will also decrease his/her curiosity. For these and many other reasons. I believe that children’s books should not be banned. because if their powerful stories. their educational purpose, and how it is narrow minded to want to take these books away from children.