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on December 5, 2009
I don't know exactly what to do with this book.
It was received as a birthday gift for my five-year-old.
The book is a complete marvel -- everything you read about the detail and construction of this book is right on.
What gives me pause is the dungeon and torture scene. The dungeon illustration shows a guard burning a prisoner with a hot poker (skin sizzles), another prisoner chained to the wall by the arms, and a third being crushed (to death?) with stones. One guard's face shows him to be enjoying himself; the torture victims' faces do not reflect agony.
So, wow. We went through the book one time, read every bit of it, and I would like to let him get really into the book. I am going to try to glue or tape that page shut. I would like to keep this wonderful learning tool, but I am not going to let that page slide through the Mommy Firewall.