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Completely Unacceptable Message Regarding Past Wrongs
on November 25, 2013
I found this picture EXTREMELY problematic. The camps were an awful time and something that should be remembered for their awfulness. The last page of the book ends with the little girl talking about how what they did was wrong. The father responds with "there is no right or wrong, it is just a thing that happened long years ago." The internment of Japanese, the Holocaust, slavery are not things that "just happened long ago." To fully absolve the WRONGNESS of this situation is wholly irresponsible on the part of the author and the publisher. While I understand that this is a book for younger children so you don't want to get into great detail about all the "wrong," to write it off as just something in the past is completely unacceptable. As a former teacher and current teacher educator, many of my students were offended and astounded by this ending.