Books can be Deceiving

by MyDadBlog on September 29, 2009

in Advice

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My wife sure can pick ’em.  She took the kids to the library and the kids wanted a book on whales.  They love whales and nature.  I was reading it to them tonight and it started to get more and more graphic.

  • It kind of started with a whale in a net.  When questioned on the net, I said, “Oh, those men on the boat were just playing hide and seek with him”.
  • Then, there was some blood-filled water from a recent whale killing.  I said “Oh, he must have gotten a bloody nose by bumping a ship or something”.
  • Then, there are Japanese harpooning a whale, then a dead rotting carcass on the beach and it was pretty much downhill from there…

Apparently, the book was affiliated with Greenpeace or something (nice, happy whale picture on the front – the horrors of the human plague by page 3) and the kids were horrified by the time I got to the end – but I couldn’t just stop reading the thing to them cold, I didn’t want to abruptly stop as if what I had said previously was false.  Well, they’ll have to learn what people do to each other and animals someday; just figured 5 and 3 was a bit young.  I guess we need to skim library books from now on for gratuitous violence.

Maybe we’ll go back to Magic Schoolbus tomorrow night!

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