Banned Books – Banned books are books or other printed works such as essays or plays which are prohibited by law or to which free access is not permitted by other means. The practice of banning books is a form of censorship, from political, legal, religious, moral, or (less often) commercial motives. – Wikipedia
In celebration of banned books week, I will choose one banned book each day to highlight. Some of those won’t be a surprise. Some of them may shock you. Good. Don’t be afraid to read a banned book today…
Reasons for ban: Talking animals are an “insult to god”, Piglet is offensive to Muslims, the book revolves around Nazism, Pooh is “inappropriately dressed” and “sexually dubious”
Are you freaking kidding me?! This is not for real right? Au contraire mon frère, this is for real. This has happened as recently as 2014 in Poland, and 2006 in Kansas, USA. I don’t even have words to express how ridiculous this is to me. I would have trouble thinking of a less offensive story than the Pooh series. Winnie-the-Pooh is a stuffed bear belonging to a little boy named Christopher Robin. He has some mild, sweet, funny adventures with his fellow stuffed friends in the nursery. There is quite simply nothing here of substance to get offended about. But ok, if we are going to get nasty with Edward T. Bear (Winnie is his criminal a.k.a.) then why don’t they call him out for gluttony and an obvious addiction to honey (street name “hunny”)! Ridiculous.
Obviously, I find it difficult to take the claims seriously, and yet, the challenge was not only quite serious but actually resulted in the book & merchandise being removed from shelves. Winnie-the-Pooh is a longtime favorite of mine. He was been my imaginary companion as a toddler and young child. In the interest of full disclosure, I am a 40-ish woman who still has a pooh bear of her own. So I guess I’m a little biased. These stories are a gentle, fluffy, loving way for parents to introduce a love of reading to their children. I can’t understand the narrow-minded way of thinking that would allow for this wonderful series to be denied the public.
Please read Winnie-the-Pooh. Please watch his cartoons. Hug a bear (the stuffed ones, don’t hug real ones please!). Love yourself some Pooh bear. He loves you back.
“Banned” Bloggers: Here are links to a couple of other bloggers I’ve come across who are also celebrating Banned Books Week. Please visit their pages. They have so much good information!
Song for this book: Winnie the Pooh Theme Song