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Small Wolf

Small Wolf coverSmall Wolf
Benchley
1972

Submitter: I found this lovely lesson in racism in our Early Readers section. I would hesitate to share this with any child without lots of explanation, but particularly not with a child just learning to read. Yikes!

Holly: I’m dying to know what happened in the story! Submitter included a page where someone or something was shot, and there was a thunk…what was it?? Really, though, let’s let this one go to the great fairy tale Thanksgiving in the sky (also known as the Friends of the Library Book Sale).

 

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“Discovery” of North America

Discover America coverDiscovery of North America
A Grosset All-Color Guide
Byam
1972

Direct from the kid nonfiction section, all you want to know about the “discovery” of America. (I guess it didn’t exist until some white guys “found” it.) It is a weeder just on the title ALONE. However, if that isn’t enough, check out the pictures and text. My personal favorite is the Viking in the metal bra.

Mary

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Friday Fiction: White Squaw

White Squaw coverWhite Squaw: Hot Pursuit
Hunter
1989

Submitter: This is not a library book, but someone put it in the book drop. wow. Is this a series? Are there White Squaw books 1-17? Wasn’t 1989 a little late for this kind of racism? Thanks for the donation, kind library patron, but I think this will end up at the friends of the library book sale!

Holly: Good call on your part, but sadly it exists in a number of other libraries around the country. And yes, there is a whole series of White Squaw books including Sioux WildfireBoomtown Bust, and my personal favorites Virgin Territory, Virgin  Buckskin Bombshell, and Red Top Tramp.

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