Indian Summer Cover

Indian Summer

Indian Summer
Monjo
1968

Submitter: This 50 year old beginning reader book is a woefully one-sided history lesson about Kentucky settlers vs. The Indians. While Pa is off to “lick the British” with the likes of George Washington, Ma is left behind with her rifle to defend her children and their cabin from Indian attack. The story features stereotypical Indian illustrations, and atrocious language such as “redskins” and the children fearing they’ll be “scalped.” This was one of the original items owned in our children’s collection, and it last circulated in 2017, I’m sad to say. When I noticed the faded cover and yellowed pages, then discovered the terribly racist historical fiction within this book, I weeded it quickly. For fun, note the old fashioned “wash your hands” sticker we used to put in the front cover of children’s books at our library. It’s the best and most relevant part of this book!

Holly: Public libraries are not the place for this kind of thing anymore! Pass it on to a museum or archive…or wherever you’re putting your Little House on the Prairie books.

Addie Accident cover

Friday Fiction: Addie Accident

Addie Accident
Corlett
2010

Submitter: My local public library in Australia sells weeded books for 20c each. I sometimes buy children’s books for a holiday program book corner. Usually they are fine, but I always examine them more closely before donating them. Thank goodness I did look more closely at ‘Addie Accident’. The cover and basic story are cute and magical, but some of the events are not appropriate for that type of book and overall message of the book is problematic.

Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher

Friday Fiction – The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher

The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher
Bang
1980

Submitter: I have a really liberal collection development philosophy, especially for a public high school, but this book just couldn’t stay. Really? The people who designed the spine thought writing it Bang The Grey lady and the Strawberry Snatch(er) was a good idea? Caldecott Honor or not this book is awful and has never been checked out, even by immature high school boys.

Holly: This is cataloged as juvenile fiction, which seems odd given it’s WorldCat description: “In this story without words, an old woman is pursued by a strange man with a passion for strawberries.” I