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Banned: Little Red Riding Hood

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Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Banned: Little Red Riding Hood

I love the fact that Trina Schart Hyman’s Little Red Riding Hood was banned by 2 California school districts right after it came out. Little Red Riding Hood? It was banned because one of the pictures shows Red with her basket, which has a bottle of wine in it. One school official said: “It gives the younger ones the wrong impression about alcohol. . If they should refrain, why give them a story saying it’s OK?" Hmmm, maybe I've forgotten, but I don't remember getting that message from Little Red Riding Hood. Another school official said: “I don’t think the basket of wine is a good concept for kindergarten or first grade.” Wait, does that mean it’s ok for second or third grade?

Anne Moore

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