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Banning Of Books Such As Susan Patron Children’s Book, The Higher Power Of Lucky

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Would you really ban a book for mentioning a word that is out of the norm for children? I sure wouldn’t. When the word “scrotum” was mentioned in Susan Patron children’s book, “The Higher Power of Lucky”, many librarians pledged to ban the book from elementary schools. Was it the right thing to do? In some cases it is but it all depends on how the book is being perceived. Although the book talks about Lucky growing up, it shouldn’t be a problem talking about this kind of language and body parts to children that are old enough to understand growing up. Librarians shouldn’t be losing focus on the big picture of the book instead of starting a controversy over something that has been done before ...view middle of the document...

Ms. Julie Bosman only mentions those who are against the book but what about the people who aren’t against it? Do they have a voice in this as well or not since they accept something out of the norm that others don’t? The librarian of French Road Elementary said in an interview that she doesn’t think that teachers or herself would want to do the vocabulary lesson (Bosman). Well, why not? Would they rather have their children learn it off the street or off a children’s book that is meant for a young audience instead? These librarians think that just because they are children they don’t deserve to know what a word like that means. A librarian who responded to another ones comment mentioned, “Sad to say, I didn’t order it for either of my schools, based on the ‘the word (Bosman)”. Are they really being so hypocritical over one word instead of focusing on the overall picture of the book? In my opinion, if the book was really that bad for a children’s book then I don’t think it would have been given the Newbery Medal. If anything it wouldn’t be approved by a publisher if it was that bad.
There have been many children’s books that have been banned from schools for various reasons but never for using a medical term. For example, James and the Giant Peach was banned in 1999 from an elementary school in Texas for including the word “ass” (Althouse). Now for this word I would understand the controversy but yet I wouldn’t ban it due to the fact that it is not used excessively. There is a big difference between these two books and how both terms are being used. In “The Higher Power of Lucky” the word “scrotum” is the proper term used in the medical field instead of using words from street slang. In “James and the Giant Peach” the word “ass” is usually used to describe a foolish or dumb person. It is understandable that the author could have used another word that meant the same thing but why didn’t he? Maybe it was to give the character that used it a specific personality? Just like in The Higher Power...

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