First of all, i have no idea where to post this, i thought about putting it in the "book" section but it's talking abuot religion so this is where i'm going to put it right now. Moderators please change if needed.
my mother told me about this book a few weeks ago. apparently my little brother who is 10 yrs old, his class is reading this book. Well actually the teacher is reading it to the class a little bit at a time.
Now my mom is a Jehovah's Witness and when she found out that this book was being read in class she wanted to know what the book was about. When she realized that it was putting real witches in bad content she contacted me, since i'm a witch.
I went onto Amazon.com and did a little research. here is what the book description says:
This Roald Dahl classic tells the scary, funny and imaginative tale of a seven-year-old boy who has a run-in with some real-life witches! "In fairy tales witches always wear silly black hats and black cloaks and they ride on broomsticks. But this is not a fairy tale. This is about REAL WITCHES. REAL WITCHES dress in ordinary clothes and look very much like ordinary women. They live in ordinary houses and they work in ordinary jobs. That is why they are so hard to catch." Witches, as our hero learns, hate children. With the help of a friend and his somewhat-magical grandmother, our hero tries to expose the witches before they dispose of him. Ages 7-12. --
(I tried to put a link to amazon.com but it didn't work, go to their site to find the reviews and more info about this book)
now granted, this book is for young kids, it's suposed to be a fun kid book that's just that, a fun read. this author has a lot of other books out there that are great! (James the Giant Peach, Matilda to name a few that were fun reads for kids, and they were learning good "life lessons" from these books)
but like one reviewer said in the amazon site, replace the word "witch" to jew, christian or muslim and there would be an outcry from the masses.
in a way this book is spreading hatred and prejudice to young kids. what are we telling the younger generation? this is teaching kids to hate certain religions and beliefs!
one reviewer said this and i agree with them:
This book is a horrid misrepresentation of Paganism and women in general. It is clear that the author is writing from a point of view of ignorance and hate. It promotes stereotypes and the hatred that results from his uneducated opinion. No matter what your views on Paganism might be, this book also celebrates misogyny. Children are prompted to be suspicious and distrustful of their female teachers and even their mothers. This is a loathesome way for the author to sell his uninformed opinions to the public - through children.
what do you all think? is this just a kids book or is it more? should we as a pagan community be warning parents out there about this book?
Edited by Harmony1215, 03 February 2009 - 02:34 PM.