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The boy who was not - 隱形男孩(守秩序)


Author 法里德.卡拉特巴里(Farideh Khalatbaree)

Illustrator - 阿里‧南慕法(Ali Namvar)

 

This was a book about a naughty boy made invisible for disturbing the peace.  I read this book to my son yesterday and I was stunned by the message this book is sending to young kids.  I think that the overall theme is okay up to the point that the kid learnt a lesson for misbehaving.  However, in the end, the kid realized that he was actually not invisible after all because he could see the other naughty boy marked with red line on his forehead.  Seeing that boy hurt, crying for help, he went over and comforted him to get a doctor.  Nevertheless, he was punished and made invisible again for helping that boy. 

 

The conclusion sends a wrong message indicating that you should not help those who misbehaved even though they were in trouble.  This is not the right way to teach our kids.  I see no humanity nor sympathy in this book. 

 

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  • yun
  • Dear Elisa:
    Thanks for your sharing. It's fun to read your articles.
    I have never read this book, however, I believed it happened. ( Consciously or subconsciously parents did that to their beloved children.) It's great to know a caring person like you. It's great to know your empathy over the strangers. thanks
  • Hi, yun
    You think too noble of me.  I don't know if subconsciously I am like that or not.  But I do believe that authors of children's book have a greater responsibility to ensure that they are not instilling wrong values to the youth. Kids are like a sponge. 
    I bought this book online believing that it is teaching kids to behave.  Next time, I need to be more careful about online orders.

    elisaenglish 於 2009/01/28 15:24 回覆