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This year, one of my favorite books of the year has made it AGAIN onto the most challenged books list!
and that book would be….
I’m quite at a loss as to why people give it to children thinking “Oh, it’s popular, so it must be just fine…” and don’t take into account the absolute brutality of the games-and then complain that their kids have nightmares.
You really think about it, and it boils down to people not taking responsibility for their children’s reading choices, especially at a young age. They want someone else to do the work for them.
It’s the same thing with movies. I saw someone recommend the Hunger Games Movie for ages 7 and up, because their 7 year old “Just LOVED the movie and identified with Katniss.”
Knowing the book like I do, I NEVER, EVER thought to take my sweet, sensitive, cries at cartoons and the Polar Express to the movie. I know he would be in our bed like a shot out of a gun and have nightmares the size of Kansas.
What this all comes back to is parental responsibility. This is my soapbox over and over and over and over again.
If you are a parent, take responsibility for what your child reads, watches and listens to.
Right now, Isaac is not very happy with me, because I have told him on SEVERAL occasions that I will NOT take him to see The Avengers until I see it first. The kid loves his superheroes, and hey-so do I, but I’m not going to walk in to a movie that may be borderline appropriate with my kid in tow. He walks away moping when I have this conversation with him. But frankly, I can’t just blindly take him.
Hey-if it works out, I may get to see the thing twice…
But again, there is MY parental responsibility. If I’m not sure, I pre-view, pre-read or pre-listen.
I don’t stomp on the rights of others to make the decisions for their children by demanding that the materials I deem uncool for my child be removed from circulation.
So, I wonder if Katniss will make it for a 3rd year in the challenged and banned books list.
Now that would be something.