Friday, October 03, 2008

Contest Winners!

"Did you ever hear anyone say, 'That work had better be banned because I might read it and it might be very damaging to me?'" ~Joseph Henry Jackson

Thanks to everyone who stopped by this week and shared their favorite banned books. It's amazing some of the titles that show up on those lists, amazing what some people will consider reason enough to want a title removed from the shelves so NO ONE ELSE can read or consider it.

Here's a peek at some of those reasons, featured in my local paper yesterday:

**The "Tarzan" books by Edgar Rice Burroughs: "Tarzan was living in sin with Jane." (Actually, Tarzan and Jane were married by Jane's father, an ordained minister.)
**"Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll: "Animals should not use human language," and "It is disastrous to put animals and human beings on the same level."
**"The Diary of Anne Frank": "A real downer."
**"Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" by Roald Dahl: "The book espouses a poor philosophy of life."
**"A Light in the Attic" by Shel Silverstein: "The book encourages children to break dishes so they won't have to dry them."
**"The Rabbits' Wedding" by Garth Williams: "One bunny is white and the other is black and this brainwashes readers into accepting miscegenation."
**"The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain: Excluded from the children's room of the Brooklyn Public Library on the grounds that "Huck not only itched but scratched, and that he said sweat when he should have said perspiration."
**"My Friend Flicka" by Mary O'Hara: "A female dog is called a bitch."

Interesting, right?


Finally, congrats to Mamasand2 and Mom (hey, it's my blog, and besides, I used to choose the winners), who will receive a download of One Night in Memphis, their choice of any book from my library, and a lovely hand-beaded key ring. Mamasand2 and Mom, email me at and we'll sort out all the details.

Everyone else, enjoy your Friday!


Mom said...

Hey, I finally won something!!!!Yay!!!
You are as honest as the day is long, so I know the contest wasn't fixed!

Marianne Arkins said...

Okay... I'm laughing at the reasons given! LOL...

I'm a firm believer that kids should read age-appropriate books, but once of an age, nearly anything is okay.

AND...even if I wouldn't let MY kid (or myself) read it, that doesn't mean no one should.

::steps off soapbox::

Liza said...

Congrats to the winners!

I'm cracking up that "A Light in the Attic" is banned because it will teach kids to break dishes. My favorite poem in that book is "The Babysitter", and she sits on the baby.