In the wake of Memorial Day, Monday's Riddle reminded us how truly wonderful it is to feel free. Lizzy then railroaded us back to the 1800's, sharing her thoughts about another side of the tracks in her review of Freedom Crossing by Margaret Goff Clark. Last night, we were chatting on the phone and ended up on the topic of the freedom of speech and its importance. Banned books came up and we checked out the list. There were quite a few titles that really caught our attention. But, here are two that we just couldn't get over...
This weeks top of the heap: Fabulous Banned Books!
Fairday: I truly find it bizarre that James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl is on the banned book list. This is one of the most fun, creative stories I have ever read. Poor little James, living with his horrid aunts, doing all their chores. What's better than him saving a spider, planting a magic bean, and then soaring away to freedom on a giant, juicy peach accompanied by enormous and charismatic insects? It's a wild journey and a rush of an adventure! Hard to believe that anyone wouldn't want to read it- right? ~ F
Lizzy: After reading through a few of the different lists of banned and challenged books I realized that some of my favorite books could be found on one list or another! Since there are so many fabulous ones on the list I decided to spotlight the book that I am most shocked to find there. This was tough because most of the stories I have read I can’t say enough great things about. Some books that are on the list don’t surprise me because I know that some people don’t like books about witches (Harry Potter, The Chronicles of Narnia, etc.)- even if I don’t agree. The book that I was most shocked by was The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. I can’t figure out why this book would be challenged. Every time I read it I think about love and the lengths people will go to for those they care about. I always find the story sad and touching at the same time. I think the boy should be nicer to the tree, but I see how much the boy means to the tree. Looking through banned and challenged books- what did I learn? I learned that I am thankful that everyone has the freedom to write what they want so we can have all of the wonderful books to read!
More from the banned book list...