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They’re going to hear those words some time aren’t they? To censor a book limits knowledge, and if it’s just based on that one word- what about the other important parts to James and the Giant Peach? What about the plot? What about the way that James stands up for the insects- (even if people are different it doesn’t mean that you should ignore them) or have adults gotten so narrow-minded as to what children should hear that they are shocked at one word, and forget to look at the story as a whole?

The Playground Diaries

Why the Ban?

By: Jordann Prather


Banned Book Week is fairly well known in the literary world. Prior to this years banned book week, I had never given it much thought. Recently, I came across this list of banned children’s books. After reading some of the outrageous reasons the books were banned, my interest was piqued.  Another collection of banned children’s books is from HarperCollins Children’s. Both lists include a great many books I have read, most of which were as a child. Some of these banned books lists include the Harry Potter series, which came to no surprise, due to the fact that the banning of this particular series has been highly publicized. Another book, on the Huffington Post list, was James and the Giant Peach. This book did come as a surprise to me. As a child, I loved both the book and the movie, and…

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