Brother's Grimm Need Not Apply: The Politically Perfect World According to Children's Book Editors

I don't know if it plays in your market, but
there's this commercial where 3 people are at
a meeting. They are all seated and the voice
over starts the power point on the left side
of the frame and one of the viewers says to
the one seated on the otherside to 'Rotate Bob'
in his swivel chair to be able too see the PP.
Bob goes OW OW OW OW OW because he slept on
a bad mattress. Next the scene shows the power
point going to the right wall and they have to
Rotate Bob, and he goes OW OW OW OW OW. Very
funny, though I've not done it justice. But
OW OW OW OW, but it's my head that hurts.

Posted by Steel Turman at January 11, 2005 7:29 AM

Read any Newberry Award winner if your want to see the best (worst) examples of the genre.

Posted by P.A. Breault at January 11, 2005 8:34 AM

Don't worry too much about this. Just as we eventually saw the light, our children grow up even faster. They begin to question this pablum in middle school now, instead of waiting for college.

My son takes pleasure in asking his Model United Nations teacher, "What about the Oil-for-Food Scandal?" or latest UN flub just to see her reaction.

The Newberry Award is my reason to reject a book as they haven't had a good story since "Mrs. Frisbee and the Rats of NIMH."

Posted by Stephen B at January 11, 2005 8:58 AM

Nobody cares about the apostrophe any more.

Posted by Hank Roberts at January 12, 2005 12:15 PM

How funny that the commissars who wrote that little tract manage to be un-PC while trying to be PC.

Even I know that a "Spanish American" is Caucasian. Spain is part of Europe. The correct term for a Spanish speaking person from the New World (eligible for affirmative action) is Hispanic, or when referring to Mexicans specifically, Latino(a).

"Oriental American" smacks of buck toothed, grinning coolies. The preferred term is Asian-American, or Asian/Pacific Islander American, when including Polynesians, Aleuts, etc.

Tsk tsk!

Posted by Patrick at January 13, 2005 5:59 PM