Thursday, January 8, 2009

The "No" Book

Me and Jack were snuggling on the couch reading stories this morning-stories from the library. We got to one with cute little Guinea Pigs on the front with a little one named Chloe who is sad when she finds out that her favorite Uncle is getting married. She is sure that all of his time will be taken up when he marries Jamie but then she meets Jamie and they spend time together and she is really happy.

And then the book drops the bomb on you-that Chloe is going to have 2 Uncles. I stopped mid-sentence. Wait. I look at the pictures, I reread the sentence. Did I understand that right? Yes, yes I did. Jamie is a boy. Jamie is going to be her new Uncle. Uncle Bobby is going to marry Uncle Jamie. She is going to have two Uncles. I was in shock. I closed the book and said "Jack, we can't read this book anymore." He said "why mom" so I told him straight out. I asked him if he remembered what P 8 was all about (not writing that out because I don't want my blog to be searchable for that term). He said it was "Yes" and then I explained to him what the book was trying to teach and that it was wrong. So he said it was the "No Book." That's right. And it is going back to the library tomorrow. Wow, I didn't see that one coming. I didn't know it had come that far. I am happy to know though that I can teach my kids right and wrong within the walls of my own home while we snuggle on the couch.


  1. That is so crazy. It very deceiving in the fact that the name of the person he is marrying is Jamie. You handled that very well!

  2. Wow...I never would've seen that one coming either!

  3. Wow..that's crazy! I have thankfully never encountered a book that had anything like that in it! I agree with you, though, that it is wonderful to know that you have the power to teach your own children what is right and wrong regardless of what the world teaches.