Sunday, September 29, 2013

William Feather quote

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Still Confused about which Creative Commons Images you can Use? and When?

Creative Commons is a great source for students to use images for projects and presentations.  Still, there are questions about which licence allows them to alter or post those images.  Teaching students that image attribution is important and that plagiarism is not limited to text can be confusing to the cut'n paste generation.

Check out this Piece by SLJ:  A Very Handy CC poster by Joyce Valenza.

The guide poster provided is great!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013


Bruhaha: an uproar

Collywobbles:  Butterflies in the stomach

Troglodyte:  Someone or something that lives in a cave

What wEIRD wORDS do you know?  Share in the comments.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Annie Freeman's Fabulous Travelling Funeral by Kris Radish

For Katherine Givens and the four women about to become her best friends, the adventure begins with a UPS package. Inside is a pair of red sneakers filled with ashes and a note that will forever change their lives. Katherine's oldest and dearest friend, the irrepressible Annie Freeman, left one final request -- a traveling funeral -- and she wants the most important women in her life as "pallbearers."

From Sonoma to Manhattan, Katherine, Laura, Rebecca, Jill, and Marie will carry Annie's ashes to the special places in her life. At every stop there's a surprise encounter and a small miracle waiting, and as they whoop it up across the country, attracting interest wherever they go, they share their deepest secrets -- tales of broken hearts and second chances, missed opportunities and new beginnings. And as they grieve over what they've lost, they discover how much is still possible if only they can unravel the secret Annie left them.

I was so excited to start reading this book after reading the back cover.  I was in the mood for a girl's weekend, even if through the pages of a book. And a travelling funeral?  What a fantastic concept!

It turns out that the concept and promise of the book are not enough to carry it out.  Slow to start, the cast of characters are introduced in their daily lives as they learn of Annie'a wishes and make plans to honor her on a trip, literally, down memory lanes. Flashbacks and memories reveal their history with the titular character and evoke emotion from the reader. The writing turns repetitive, continually reminding us why these women have gathered and what they are to do on this journey.  We know why the are travelling, We know what they hope to accomplish. Stop telling us the same thing over and over and lets get to the gems they can offer.  Long winded and melodramatic, the delivery ruined what should have been a life affirming, witty journey for the reader.  This road trip suffered mechanical troubles.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Definitely not Mr. Darcy by Karen Doornebos

Chloe Parker was born two centuries too late. A thirty-nine-year- old divorced mother, she runs her own antique letterpress business, is a lifelong member of the Jane Austen Society, and gushes over everything Regency. But her business is failing, threatening her daughter's future. What's a lady to do?

Why, audition for a Jane Austen-inspired TV show set in England, of course.

What Chloe thinks is a documentary turns out to be a reality dating show set in 1812. Eight women are competing to snare Mr. Wrightman, the heir to a gorgeous estate, along with a $100,000 prize. So Chloe tosses her bonnet into the ring, hoping to transform from stressed-out Midwest mom to genteel American heiress and win the money. With no cell phones, indoor plumbing, or deodorant to be found, she must tighten her corset and flash some ankle to beat out women younger, more cutthroat, and less clumsy than herself. But the witty and dashing Mr. Wrightman proves to be a prize worth winning, even if it means the gloves are off...


Living in the early 1800's is not easy: chamber-pots, chaperones,  corsets,  shared water for the weekly bath.  Somewhat predictable with little character development, I still enjoyed the novel because of the humour and references to how things were used and made in regency life such as making your own ink, twigs for toothbrushes and rags being used as toilet paper.  Not a great story, but an cute, light read.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013


zoanthropy:  delusion of a person who believes himself changed into an animal

cabotage:  coastal navigation; the exclusive right of a country to control the air traffic within its borders (NOT: to sabotage with cabbage)

nudiustertian:  the day before yesterday

What wEIRD wORDS do you know?  Share in the comments.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

'R' is a zombie. He has no name, no memories and no pulse, but he has dreams. He is a little different from his fellow Dead.

Amongst the ruins of an abandoned city, R meets a girl. Her name is Julie and she is the opposite of everything he knows - warm and bright and very much alive, she is a blast of colour in a dreary grey landscape. For reasons he can't understand, R chooses to save Julie instead of eating her, and a tense yet strangely tender relationship begins.

This has never happened before. It breaks the rules and defies logic, but R is no longer content with life in the grave. He wants to breathe again, he wants to live, and Julie wants to help him. But their grim, rotting world won't be changed without a fight...

Before reading this book, I looked on for some reviews.  I caught sight of some quotes from the novel and that is was made me eager to read it.

“In my mind I am eloquent; I can climb intricate scaffolds of words to reach the highest cathedral ceilings and paint my thoughts. But when I open my mouth, everything collapses.” 
“There is no ideal world for you to wait around for. The world is always just what it is now, and it's up to you how you respond to it.” 
“We're fumbling in the dark, but at least we're in motion.” 
“There is a chasm between me and the world outside of me. A gap so wide my feelings can't cross it. By the time my screams reach the other side, they have dwindled into groans.” 
“The world that birthed that story is long gone, all its people are dead, but it continues to touch the present and future because someone cared enough about that world to keep it. To put it in words. To remember it.” 
and so many more...

My thoughts: 

The trailer for the movie also works well for the book.

This Book has been BANNED (It must be really good!)

This list is just a sample of some of the titles of chapter books commonly found in elementary school libraries which have been challenged or banned along with the reasons why.

While I agree with a that a few of titles are not books I would chose or possibly recommend,  I was still very surprised to see that they where so objectionable to some that the were formally challenged and often removed from the shelves.  I have yet to pick up a book whose contents warranted anything more than me choosing to stop reading and place it back on the cart.
What ever happened to free choice or using content as'teaching moments'?

I think I may have to re-read some of these.  Apparently I missed the 'good bits' that have others up in arms.

Adventures of Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey - Banned or challenged over concern “that it causes unruly behavior among children, anti-family content, being unsuited to age group and violence.”

 Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain - Banned or challenged for “objectionable language and racist terms and content.”

 The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby by Dav Pilkey - Banned or challenged for “inappropriate language and references to bodily waste.”

 The Adventures of Tin Tin in America by Herge - Banned or challenged for being “disrespectful to groups that comprise a diverse society.”

 Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain - Banned or challenged for racism and featuring a “questionable character” as its protagonist.

 Aesop's Fables - Banned or challenged for “sacrilege.”

 And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson - Banned or challenged for being “sexist and anti-ethnic; containing homosexuality and anti-family themes; being unsuited to age group; and for religious viewpoint.”

 Arabian Nights, or the Thousand and One Nights by Anonymous - Banned or challenged for “containing obscene passages which pose a threat to the country's moral fabric; an extraordinary agglomeration of filth; promotes non-Muslim faith.”

 Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume - Banned or challenged for “discussion of menstruation and breast development and anti-Christian themes.”

 Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer - Banned or challenged for “not promoting good character.”
 The Babysitter by R. L. Stine - Banned or challenged for “foul language and violence.”

 Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo - Banned or challenged for “profanity.”

 Black Beauty by Anna Sewell - Banned or challenged "for its title” [even though the book is about a horse].

 Blubber by Judy Blume - Banned or challenged for “scenes depicting kids being disrespectful to authority figures and because the antagonist is never punished.”

Born to Rock by Gordon Korman - Banned or challenged for use of “profanity.”

 Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson - Banned or challenged for its “reference to witchcraft and offensive language.”

 Call of the Wild by Jack London - Banned or challenged for being “politically dangerous.”

 The Cay by Theodore Taylor - Banned or challenged for “maligning African Americans” and being “racist.”

 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl  - Banned or challenged for espousing a “poor philosophy of life.”

 Charlotte's Web by E.B. White - Banned or challenged for “unnatural depiction of talking animals.”

 The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier - Banned or challenged for sexual content, using offensive language and being unsuited to age group.

 Clifford the Big Red Dog bilingual edition by Norman Bridwell - Banned or challenged for being “bad for children.”

The Crucible by Arthur Miller - Banned or challenged because it contains "sick words from the mouths of demon-possessed people."

Daddy's Roommate by Michael Willhoite - Banned or challenged for “encouraging homosexuality.”

Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank - Banned or challenged for offensive passages and for being a “real downer.”

Die Softly: Die Softly by Christopher Pike - Banned or challenged for “profanity/inappropriate language, horror and drug use.”

Disney's Beauty and the Beast by Disney - Banned or challenged for “religious viewpoint, occult practices and Satanism.”

Disney’s Christmas Storybook by Elizabeth Spurr - Banned or challenged for “not promoting good character.”

Disney's Pocahontas by Disney - Banned or challenged for being “culturally inaccurate; religious viewpoint, occult practices and Satanism.”

Dragonslayers by Bruce Coville - Banned or challenged for “witchcraft and deception.”

Dragonwings by Laurence Yep - Banned or challenged for “being Anti-Christian and including profanity and violence and depicting drug and alcohol use in a positive light.”

Draw 50 Monsters, Creeps, Superheroes, Demons, Dragons, Nerds, Dirts, Ghouls, Giants, Vampires, Zombies and Other Curiosa by Lee J. Ames  - Banned or challenged for being “satanic.”

Eloise in Paris by Kay Thompson - Banned or challenged for “sexual illustrations” nude artwork depicted in a museum setting.

Encyclopedia Brown: The Boy Detective in the Case of the Missing Time Capsule by  David Sobol - Banned or challenged because “fighting is portrayed as comic; the scene where boy guesses the color of a girl's underwear is offensive and ignores a person's right to privacy.”

Enormous Crocodile by Roald Dahl - Banned or challenged because of “the book's sinister nature and the negative actions of the animals—particularly against children.”

The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline Cooney - Banned or challenged for “child abduction and mentioning the Hare Krishna.”

Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers - Banned or challenged for “references to drinking, smoking and violence and its use of the words, 'Oh, God'.”

Giant by Robert Munsch - Banned or challenged for “religious implications.”

The Giver by Lois Lowry - Banned or challenged for “violent and sexual themes not appropriate to age group.”

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein - Banned or challenged for being “sexist.”  And anti-forestry.

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman - Banned or challenged for “religious viewpoint; demon possession; and Satanic practices.”

The Golem’s Eye by Jonathan Stroud - Banned or challenged for “dealing with the occult.”

Goosebumps series by R.L. Stine - Banned or challenged for its “satanic symbolism, spells, chants, and references to demonic possession.”

The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson - Banned or challenged for using “curse 
words and taking the Lord’s name in vain.”

Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh - Banned or challenged for teaching children “to lie, spy, back-talk and curse."

Harry Goes to Day Camp by James Ziefert - Banned or challenged for inclusion of the camp song “One Hundred Bottles of Beer on the Wall.”

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and the series by J.K. Rowling - Banned or challenged for its “focus on wizardry and magic; and fear that it would lead children to hatred and rebellion.”

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen -- Banned or challenged for being “inappropriate to target audience” and its “sexual content, violence and horror.”

Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman - Banned or challenged for “lesbianism.”

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien - Banned or challenged for “mysticism and paganism.”

How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell - Banned or challenged for “eating worms being gross and easily imitated.”

I Have to Go by Robert Munsch - Banned or challenged for use of the word “pee.”

Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks - Banned or challenged for “objectionable language and stereotypes.”

 In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak - Banned or challenged because "the little boy did not have any clothes on and it pictured his private area."

I Spy Funhouse by Jean Marzollo & Walter Wick - Banned or challenged because of its "scary clowns."
 James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl - Banned or challenged for “child abuse and the killing of James’s aunts.”

Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George - Banned or challenged for “inappropriateness for elementary school children due to a scene depicting graphic marital rape.”

Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park - Banned or challenged for “negative content; slang and offensive statements; profanity and language.”

Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein - Banned or challenged for encouraging “children to break dishes so they won't have to dry them."

Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder - Banned or challenged because “it promotes racial epithets and is fueling the fire of racism.”

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott - Banned or challenged for "severe punishment of a feminist character."

The Lorax by Dr. Seuss - Banned or challenged for “negatively portraying the lumber industry.”

Lord of the Flies by William Golding  - Banned or challenged for being "demoralizing inasmuch as it implies that man is little more than an animal."

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien - Banned or challenged for “mysticism, fantastical characters and evil forces; satanic.”

Lotto's Easter Surprise by Astrid Lindgren - Banned or challenged because “the book disillusions children about the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus.”

Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary by the Merriam-Webster Editorial Staff - Banned or challenged for “containing a definition for the term 'oral sex'.”

Moby Dick by Herman Melville - Banned or challenged for “challenging values within the community.”

More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz & Stephen Gammell - Banned or challenged because stories “would cause children to fear the dark, have nightmares and give them an unrealistic view of death; are unacceptably violent for children; and show the dark side of religion through the occult, the devil and Satanism.”

Murmel, Murmel, Murmel by Robert Munsch - Banned or challenged for “human reproduction.”

Mystery at Lake Placid by Roy MacGregor - Banned or challenged for “crude language and comparison of hockey face-off circles to ‘boobs’.”

My Teacher Glows in the Dark by Bruce Coville - Banned or challenged for "use of the words fart and armpit.”

My Teacher is an Alien by Bruce Coville - Banned or challenged for “having a main character who solves her own problems.”

Nappy Hair by Carolivia Herron - Banned or challenged as “racially insensitive.”

Naughty Cafeteria Ladies from Outer Space and the Subsequent Assault of Equally Evil Lunchroom Zombie Nerds by Dav Pilkey -Banned or challenged for “insensitivity.”

Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great by Judy Blume - Banned or challenged for “issues not appropriate to intended audience.”

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton - Banned or challenged because “drug and alcohol use was common” and all the characters “came from broken homes.”

Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch - Banned or challenged for “anti-family.”

Pinkerton, Behave! by Steven Kellogg - Banned or challenged because “it's too scary for kindergarteners.”

Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis - Banned or challenged for containing “mysticism and paganism.”

Princess on the Brink by Meg Cabot - Banned or challenged because “sexual content should require book to bear a warning label.”

Princess School: Beauty is a Beast by Jane Mason - Banned or challenged for being “inappropriate.”

Ptolemy’s Gate by Jonathan Stroud - Banned or challenged for “dealing with the occult.”

Roll of Thunder, Hear Me Cry by Mildred Taylor - Banned or challenged for “being inappropriate and racially biased.”

Ruby Bridges by Tori Ann Johnson - Banned or challenged for “language used.”

The Ruby in the Smoke by Philip Pullman - Banned or challenged because “using drugs is portrayed as beneficial; the main character smokes opium in order to remember the past, which leads her to solve the mystery; gives idea that drugs have no side effects.”

Runaway Sleigh Ride by Astrid Lindgren - Banned or challenged for “childish mischief and antics.”

Scary Stories by Alvin Schwartz - Banned or challenged because “children shouldn't be scared by materials they read in school; occult and Satanistic themes; violence; and insensitivity."

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz - Banned or challenged for “violence and cannibalism; showing the dark side of religion through the occult, the devil and Satanism."

Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones by Alvin Schwartz - Banned or challenged for being“ unacceptably violent for children."

 A Series of Unfortunate Events Series by Lemony Snicket - Banned or challenged for “child abuse and negative thoughts; suggested incest; and profanity.”

 Seven Diving Ducks by Margaret Friskey - Banned or challenged because “parent's love in book is conditional and based on behavior.”

 The Sissy Duckling by Harvey Fierstein - Banned or challenged for “gay-positive themes.”

 Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Anne Brashares - Banned or challenged for “gay and lesbian material.”

 The Stupids series by Harry Allard - Banned or challenged for “promoting negative behavior, disobedience and low self-esteem; and describing families in a derogatory manner which might encourage children to disobey their parents.”

 The Subtle Knife by Phillip Pullman - Banned or challenged for “religious overtones and a parent's objection to the  author being an atheist.”

 Superfudge by Judy Blume - Banned or challenged for "profane, immoral and offensive" content.

 The Supernaturalist by Eoin Colfer - Banned or challenged for "occult themes."

 Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig - Banned or challenged for “presenting pigs as policemen.”

 That Was Then, This is Now by S.E. Hinton - Banned or challenged for "graphic language, subject matter, immoral tone and lack of literary quality."

 There’s a Girl in My Hammerlock by Jerry Spinelli - Banned or challenged for “foul language and violence.”

 Thomas' Snowsuit by Robert Munsch - Banned or challenged because it “undermines the authority of all school principals.”

 TinTin in America by Herge - Banned or challenged for being "racist and not being politically neutral.”

 The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka - Banned or challenged because “it makes the wolf look like a good guy in a bad way; it's not proper to read to children.”

 Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer - Banned or challenged for containing "sexually explicit material, religious viewpoint and being unsuited to age group."

 Underground to Canada by Barbara Smucker - Banned or challenged for “use of the word ‘nigger’.”

 Walter the Farting Dog by William Kotzwinkle & Glen Murray - Banned or challenged for "using the words fart and farting 24 times.”

 The Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis - Banned or challenged for “language.”

 Wayside School is Falling Down by Louis Sachar - Banned or challenged because its “content undermines value systems and teaches disrespect of people and property.”

 Where's Waldo? by Martin Hanford - Banned or challenged for “inappropriate artwork including a woman wearing a bikini bottom with no top.”

 Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein- Banned or challenged for “undermining parental, school and religious authority” and because it "promotes cannibalism."

 Where Willie Went by Nicholas Allan - Banned or challenged because “Willy is a sperm and the book is about sex.”

 Who is Frances Rain by Margaret Buffie - Banned or challenged for use of the words “hell, damn and bastard.”

The Witches by Roald Dahl- Banned or challenged for its “reference to witchcraft, the occult and Satanism.”

The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum- Banned or challenged “for its portrayal of a good witch, and the notion that  courage, intelligence, and compassion are not god-given traits.”

 A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle - Banned or challenged for “New Ageism.”

Monday, September 16, 2013

They BANNED Which Book???

1. Where’s Waldo? by Martin Handford
Why: The book was banned and then reprinted because it originally showcased a topless beachgoer (not like anyone could find her if they tried, though).

2. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Why: Everyone’s favorite childhood book was banned from a public library in Colorado because it was considered “sexist.” It was also challenged by several schools because it “criminalized the foresting agency.”

3. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Why: Many religious individuals felt that L’Engle was too passive in her inclusion of Christian imagery. A foundation in Iowa even claimed that book had satanic themes. Other reasons for objecting to this title have included: One line places Ghandi as Jesus’s equal; in the 60’s it was believed to promote communism and had a strong female character which was no the norm at the time;  promotes witchcraft and magic; is too Christian thematically; others felt it did not have enough of a Christian theme.

4. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
Why: The book was banned from an elementary School in Texas because it included the word “ass.”

5. Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
Why: The book was banned from several schools for being “a bad example for children.” It was also challenged for teaching “children to lie, spy, talk back, and curse.”

6. Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Why: Forget anti-semitism; the 50th Anniversary “Definitive Edition’” was instead banned by a Virginia school because of its “sexual content and homosexual themes.” Additionally, the book was previously banned by several schools in the United States because it was “too depressing.” Most recently, in May of 2013, a Michigan mom tried to get the book banned due to its “pornographic tendencies.”

7. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
Why: The book was banned from several classrooms in Pennsylvania on accounts of “profanity, disrespect for adults, and an elaborate fantasy world that might lead to confusion.” The book has also been banned by other schools for its use of the phrases “Oh Lord” and “Lord.”

8. Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
Why: Similar to Winnie-the-Pooh, this book was banned in Kansas because talking animals are considered an “insult to god.”

9. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Why: Apparently there are references to sexual fantasies and masturbation in this book, resulting in its ban from classrooms in New Hampshire. Since this original banning, the book has been challenged by thousands of other institutions, most famously in the 1960s in fear that it would promote drug use to children.

10. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Why: The book has been banned for promoting poor behaviour: nailing a sheet into the wall to make a tent, chasing his dog with a fork, and screaming at his mother , and it has been challenged for promoting “witchcraft and supernatural events.”

11. The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
Why: A California school district banned the book and claimed that it “criminalized the foresting industry” and would thus persuade children against logging.

12. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
Why: I missed the part where Sam I Am tried to seduce his friend, but the book was banned in California on accounts of “homosexual seduction.” It was also banned in China for “early Marxism” .

13. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
Why: Public libraries in 1928 Chicago banned the book because of its “ungodly” influence “for depicting women in strong leadership roles.” In 1957, the Detroit Public Library banned the book for having “no value for children of today.”

14. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see? by Bill Martin, Jr.
Why: The Texas State Board of Education briefly banned this picture book after confusing its author, Bill Martin, Jr., with philosopher Bill Martin, author of ‘Ethical Marxism: The Categorical Imperative of Liberation.’

15. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary
When: 2010
Why: The 10th edition was banned in several classrooms in California because it included the definition for “oral sex.”

16. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Why: Banned because it embraced a “poor philosophy of life. It was also challenged for comparing the Oompa Loompas to Africans. The depiction of Mr. Wonka’s Oompa Loompas in pre 1971 versions are depicted as dark skinned pygmy people who work for cocoa beans as opposed to moneyThe characters’ descriptions were later changed in an edited version in 1988.

17. Watership Down by Richard Adams
Why: Imagery of conflict and brutal realism through the book.


18. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
Why: All the characters are animals.  When Sylvester goes missing his parents go to the police who are portrayed as pigs which some consider to be a slight against authority.

19.  In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
Why:  The main character Mickey has no clothes.  While this is part of the story it was deemed offensive. “reading the book could lay the foundation for future use of pornography.”
20.  The Family Book by Todd Parr
Why:  A book about the variety of ways a family can look, including single parents, same-sex parents and a mom-dad-child family, pages that state that some families have 2 moms and some have 2 dads were deemed to promote homosexuality

21.  and Tango Makes Three  by Justin Richardson
This picture book was the most frequently challenged and banned book of 2010, 2008, 2007 and 2006
Why:  This true tale of two male penguins at New York City’s Central Park Zoo who fall in love and start a family by taking turns sitting on an abandoned egg until it hatches sparked objections to homosexual themes in a children’s book.

Also challenged for presenting homosexual lifestyles to children are:
Daddy's Roommate  --  Michael Willhoite 
A young boy discusses his divorced father's new living situation, in which the father and his gay roommate share eating, doing chores, playing, loving, and living
Heather Has Two Mommies  --  Leslea Newman
When Heather goes to playgroup, at first she feels bad because she has two mothers and no father, but then she learns that there are lots of different kinds of families and the most important thing is that all the people love each other.
King & King  --  Linda de Haan & Stern Nijland
When the queen insists that the prince get married and take over as king, the search for a suitable mate does not turn out as expected

And lastly.. Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne
Why: Talking animals are somehow considered an “insult to god,” resulting in this book’s banning throughout random parts of the United States. Several institutions in Turkey and the UK have also banned the book, claiming that the character of Piglet is offensive to Muslims. Other institutions claim that the book revolves around Nazism.
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 As Pooh might say: “oh bother”.

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