winner of the 2007 Newbery Medal
– But it’s not about censorship, it’s about protecting the children! –
From what, exactly? From the word ‘scrotum’?! From expanding their vocabulary and learning the proper names for things? …for parts of their own bodies (at least for some of them).
There is an uproar in The New Backwards Amerika over a children’s book. In The Higher Power of Lucky, by Susan Patron, a little girl overhears someone saying that a rattlesnake bit his dog on the scrotum. That’s right. Shocking, isn’t it. “…on the scrotum.”
scrotum ► noun (pl. scrota or scrotums) a pouch of skin containing the testicles.
– ORIGIN late 16th cent.: from Latin.
– Oxford Dictionary of English
So my puritanical compatriots are racing to remove the book from schools and library shelves. Hallelujah! The little children will be saved!
I have not read The Higher Power of Lucky, but I would imagine that it is a good book because it won this year’s Newbery Medal, which is the highest award in children’s literature in The Amerika. I don’t have children, but if I did, I would want them to learn the correct names for parts of their own bodies. And I certainly would not deprive my children of a high quality book because there is one word in it that I might find a little bit harder to explain to them.
The parents that are objecting to the book must be the same parents who will insist that their children sign those no sex before marriage pledges, which just means the kids will be taking it up the buttocks for years before they ever get married.
The NY Times story is here.