Was Stopping Publication of The Six Dr. Seuss Books from the Shelves the Right Decision?

For generations, Dr. Seuss has been part of our young reading lives. His wonderful books have sparks imaginations and opened the door to become bibliophiles in our later years.

On Wednesday, it was announced that six of his books would no longer be published due to outdated and racist images.

The list of titles are as follows:

  • “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street”
  • “If I Ran the Zoo”
  • “McElligot’s Pool”
  • “On Beyond Zebra!”
  • “Scrambled Eggs Super!”
  • “The Cat’s Quizzer”

There are two streams of thought about this topic. Some would argue that this is one more example of cancel culture going too far. Others would say that this is progress, making the changes that are necessary to learn from our past mistakes.

My thought that as beloved as these books are, the right decision is to end the printing of new copies. If we want to teach our children to appreciate and respect those who are different from them, it starts with the removal of pictures and other media that perpetuates the stereotypes.


Flashback Friday: Saved by the Bell: Hawaiian Style (1992)

Sometimes, getting out of the house and away from our everyday surroundings is the thing that we need at that particular moment.

In 1992, the gang from Saved by the Bell left California for a vacation in Hawaii. The TV movie was entitled Saved by the Bell: Hawaiian Style. Kelly Kapowski’s (Tiffani Thiessen) grandfather owns a hotel in Honolulu. Harry Bannister (Dean Jones) has invited his granddaughter and her friends (chaperoned by Mr. Belding (Dennis Haskins)) to enjoy their time off at the Hawaiian Hideaway. But as usual with SBTB, it is more than a week to chill and enjoy each other’s company. Unless Harry can save the Hideaway, he will be forced to close his hotel. It is, therefore, up to the kids to save the day.

Is it Shakespeare? Obviously not. But it is on brand for the series, taking fans out of Bayside High and into a larger world.

Do I recommend it? Maybe.

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