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The lesson may have been intended as "sharing is great, kids
on 19 September 2014
This book is morally reprehensible.
It tells the story of a mouse who finds, and works to obtain, a red, ripe strawberry. The narrator of the book then intimidates the mouse, insisting that a "big hungry bear" will come and take the strawberry from the mouse. The narrator persists in stressing that the mouse cannot hide, protect, or disguise the strawberry - the bear will find it, and take it.
The narrator's solution to this problem is for the mouse to give over half of the strawberry to the narrator.
The lesson may have been intended as "sharing is great, kids!" but it's actually presented as "give me half your strawberry or my mate the big hungry bear will come and take all of it". Which is where my objection lies.
The drawings are lovely, but the "moral" is dubious at best.