I am a firm believer in the full accessibility of literature. The written word is powerful and becomes even more potent when attempts are made to censor or forbid. But the words don't have inherent power, the human action in response to the words are the power. The most passionate of ideas would turn to dust without one person taking them to heart and making them come alive.
Today I threw away one of Purslane's books. And I am asking for opinions from my readers (you) as to whether or not that is a slippery slope to parental fascism.
I won't tell you what the book is because some of you who are parents might have been given the same one in your child's stocking for Christmas last year, or you might like it. It isn't really important what the book is, anyway. The important thing is the action of parents making decisions about what they want their children to read when the issue isn't harm, illegal or inappropriate content.
My issue with this book is that it is DUMB. It really is one of the stupidest children's books I have ever read and every time Pursy wants to read it, I (sometimes) keep my eye roll hidden. I really hate reading this book. The content is terrible, the cadence is wonky and the illustrations are pedestrian. Pursy is not aware that there is one more page to the book because I have not been able to read the last page since I read it the first time. I just can't read it again.
I thought maybe it was just me and my high regard for literature and the importance I place on my children being exposed to good books and loving to read. Then I watched my friend Bec reading the book to Pursy and just the tone in her voice as she tried to get through it made me realize that it is just truly and of its own accord, a dumb book.
So today as I was cleaning up her room, I threw it in the trash can. In the laundry room of course, because if she saw it in her trash can it would be back on her shelf in a three year old minute.
I feel like I did us all a favor. I think it would be better for the book just not to be around then her watch me unsuccessfully try and hide my disdain. I could try harder of course, but have not been able to up to this point. I feel like my energy would be better served somewhere else, because as a mother of two babes under the age of three, I have an energy daily quota.
So what is the consensus, did I do the right thing? The fair thing? Kyle Stedman, I know you have an opinion...