We love going to the library and finding new books. I usually do a quick browse down the “New” shelf to see what is there, grabbing a few to take home. However, it is not too often that a children’s book stops me in my tracks and makes me think twice.
I may have been raised in a teetotal family, and am not too far from it now (I do not completely abstain, but neither do I seek out to regularly consume). My husband grew up in a family/culture where alcohol was commonly and regularly consumed. He has also reached a point similar to mine, he may partake every so often, but not regularly. My point being, we are not against responsibly and moderately consumed alcohol, but also do not see the benefit of focusing our lives on it.
HOWEVER, I do draw the line at children’s books centered around a cute animal and alcohol. There is no need to make it look fun and tempting for children. They should be out running and playing, not thinking about how to make barrels of it fly through the air ….
… but you should never judge a book by its cover.
Honestly, it took me seeing this book several times before I walked over to exam it more closely. Before then, we were short on time and this was not an important item for me to investigate further. One day, though, I had time and curiosity was getting the better of me. That is when I realized how much a misplaced ribbon could change the meaning of a book’s title and had a good laugh at myself.
I picked up that ‘children’s book promoting alcohol’, adding it to our check-out pile. As it turns out, Breaking News: Bear Alert by David Biedrzycki is a fun book. We read it several time before taking it back, the kids enjoyed the silliness of what the bears were up to after waking up from hibernation.
I would like to say I will not judge a book by its cover again, that I have learned my lesson, but I doubt that is the case. It is so easy to do and we all do it so often without even realizing it.
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