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The Hidden Messages in Children’s Books

Alice_in_WonderlandAre there really hidden messages in children’s books or are certain adults just determined to impose their own subtext? From BBC Culture:

As a child many of my favourite books had food as a theme. One in particular told the story of a boy who helped save his local burger bar by becoming a gastro-sleuth to track down a lost secret ingredient.

Long after losing track of the book and forgetting its title, I found myself in Edinburgh to interview Alexander McCall Smith. He was already the mega-selling author of The No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, but years earlier, he had published a few children’s books. There among them on a shelf was The Perfect Hamburger.

It was my book. Except that it wasn’t – not really. While burgers do indeed feature in lip-smacking detail, this time it was clear to me that The Perfect Hamburger is actually a tale of corporate greed and the fate of small businesses forced to compete with big chains.

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Anti-Vaccine Book For Kids Extols The Virtues Of Measles

Via Salon, the new hot genre of children’s books. No word on whether “vaccine vampire” young adult versions are on the way:

Measles is responsible for thousands of tragic (and preventable) deaths each year. Which is perhaps why so many reviewers are panning a new book by Stephanie Messenger, an Australian author and anti-vaccine activist. According to the author’s page, “Melanie’s Marvelous Measles” was written to:

Educate children on the benefits of having measles and how you can heal from them naturally and successfully. Often today, we are being bombarded with messages from vested interests to fear all diseases in order for someone to sell some potion or vaccine, when, in fact, history shows that in industrialized countries, these diseases are quite benign and, according to natural health sources, beneficial to the body.

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Conservative eBooks To Indoctrinate Your Children

How do you instill the next generation with pro-America values in the digital age? One of the hottest items from last month’s CPAC conference was the line of eBooks from Cherry Tree Media (ironically named for the famous story concerning George Washington, which is itself a falsehood designed to instill patriotic pride). Available for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch, the cartoon-based series teaches kids the merits of capitalism, military interventions, et cetera. Via Politico:

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