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Prejudice 101

Checking ’em out and sizing ’em up

I know Joy is a continuing fixture here at ALB.  Click here for an awesome story of humiliation about parents.  I know I have a particular bias about solving parenting problems with a “story” (and barely a story at that).  I have been to motherhood hell and barely survived with my sanity intact.  I can admire the intention, but delivery is just sad in a modern library.  I like the idea of educating  about prejudice but the following pictures/illustrations are just awful.

I am also amused that there are almost 100 pages in every one of these titles. I can’t imagine any kid (or adult) sitting through 100 pages of this stuff.  At least adults could medicate themselves with a drink or two.  Now that is a title for another series.


0 Responses to Prejudice 101

  • UGH! There was a whole series of books like this – came in abox to collect them every month in the very early 80’s…. and my wonderful parents thought we’d like them. Yeah. I know. And they really were at least 80 pages long or more!!

    What’s worse is that I saw them again – THE HORROR- in my favorite used bookstore just recently; the entire ugly set on the shelf. THe dialog b/t my husband and myself went like this:
    “I can’t believe these are here!” I exclaimed. “We had these as kids.”

    “Really? Do you want to buy them for [our daughter]?” he asked.

    “No way! They were horrible- and insult to kids everywhere!”

    “Sorry I asked….” he replied.

    If you’ve gotten this set for your kids in the hopes that they would help, I forgive you. If you’ve used them with your kids, may I recommend you ask a REAL Children’s Librarian for another selection. Anything on their shelf could be better than these! 🙂

  • Joy Berry Wilt. Say her name with reverence. How many authors out there have left as enduring a scar (whoops… sorry… mark) on all children from the late 70’s and early 80’s? XD
    Getting the message out is a very good thing… just don’t use these books to get the message out.

  • There is one good thing in this book: puppy love on the cover. Perhaps they could learn lessons from the pooches.

  • Good Lord.
    I was way too old for this series, so I had no idea it even existed before today. And believe me, my folks would totally have bought them. “Oh look, you’ll understand other people and the things grownups go through.” OMG, they look like a crash course in the lowest common denominator evils of mankind!

  • Awful library books the drinking game?

  • Sweetheart, I’m gonna need more than a drink or two to get through a hundred pages of that.

  • LOL! No unlimited amounts of Jagermeister shots could get any rational thinking adult through five pages of that book.

  • My next-door neighbor had this whole set. I actually read and liked them for a short while. (I was, and am, a huge nerd.)

  • See, my parents never used this book to teach me how I shouldn’t judge people. They used the Bible instead. Telling me that judging people is up to God, not us, and that racists and bigots go to Hell.

    I wonder how well this book worked out as opposed to my parents way of teaching me.

  • I had this whole set and read through them many times. I wouldn’t give them to a kid today,
    but they were fine for me–it was the age of self-esteem!

    It feels strange to see these books that I was so familiar with dissected–but I guess that’s the way it goes. I rewatched The Neverending Story and it was terrible, too. Sorry, but it’s true.

  • In their defense: I used several of the Joy Wilt books with my kids (boys) in the late 90’s. They were very useful to read with them, actually, about behaviors like “overdoing it,” sibling rivalry, being polite and other things. They were pretty young then, but I also recommended them to parents who also liked them. They often dealt with issues that were very kid-centric, like talking too much, being too loud, and the aforementioned “overdoing it.” It was a way to start a discussion with them about these things, and the drawings were humourous and made them laugh. They actually appealed to their sense of humor so the topic was not boring. They were not particularly preachy nor too old-fashioned, it seemed to me.

  • This is hilarious! I had a bunch of books from this series as a kid in the late 80s and absolutely loved them. The one about manners was my favorite. If libraries are weeding these, I’m going to start frequenting library book sales so I can reread my (apparently twisted) childhood faves.

  • Maybe this is super weird but I had these books as a kid and I loved them!!! I would spend hours rereading them. I think maybe because they were the closest thing to the comic books my mom wouldn’t let me have that I could get.

  • This book is cracking me up. I’ve never seen it before. That picture of poor “Aimee”…oh dear!

  • Hey, I loved these books as a kid! And now I think I’ll go see if any are in my local library system…

  • Terrible. I’ve never had short hair or crooked teeth. My dad, Kevin, isn’t THAT fat, and my friend, David’s, feet are both normal. LOL

  • I think we had this book at school when I was in second grade. I definitely remember one about emotions and another about sibling rivalry. I actually loved them. To each her own!