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Running this year from the 30th of September through to the 6th of October, BBW started in America in 1982 as a response to the sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in American schools and libraries since when more than 11,300 books have been challenged, the top 10 of last year (according to the official BBW site) being ......
Please be aware that this is not my usual book review and though it is not overly adult in content it may be moreso than many previous posts.
GREEN EGGS AND HAM by DR SEUSS.
Picked not least of all because it's a book I, along with the now grown-up Niece #1 and nephew, have read and enjoyed countless number of times (without any of us actually having picked up on any sexual innuendo) I also think its a perfect example of just how silly the censoring of books can be.
One of the most popular writers of children's books, since 1936 when he developed the idea for his first book Dr Seuss has charmed his way into the lives of four generations of children and parents alike - in the process of doing so helping many kids learn to read. Hard to believe that his 1965 novel, Green Eggs and Ham was banned (albeit temporarily) in the People's Republic of China as well as more recently in California.
- Sam tries to convince his friend to 'eat' the green eggs and ham - the ham of course representing a sausage, the sausage of course being a phallic symbol.
- Several of the lines (Would you, could you, on a boat'/would you, could you, with a goat) were said to suggest 'sexual locations'.
Read purely innocently by hundreds, thousands, millions(?) of children and adults alike across the globe I can't begin to wonder what kind of mindset these people had to come up with the notion that Sam, in trying to convince his friend to eat the ham (aka the 'sausage, aka the penis), was encouraging his friend to engage in certain sexual acts and that 'with a goat' obviously put the thought of sex with animals into the head of the books mainly pre-school-aged readers.
And, what's more ......
Would I be the only one who had concerns about the pre-school child (the age range at which the book is aimed) who, having heard the story, drew the conclusion that far from being a story about a young boy trying to get his friend to try a new foodstuff this was a story full of sexual connotations?