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September 15th, 2009 (07:37 pm)
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Yesterday A. brought home a book that he said was recommended by his library specialist at school. It was The Butter Battle Book. Did they even realize it was about mutual assured destruction?

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Posted by: lauradi7 (lauradi7)
Posted at: September 16th, 2009 08:27 pm (UTC)

It's hard to imagine that they don't. It's thoughtful, and it rhymes. What's not to like?

Posted by: Alexx Kay (alexx_kay)
Posted at: September 17th, 2009 02:16 pm (UTC)

The metaphor was certainly mentioned in all the reviews and news articles when it came out.

It's still a good lesson, even if the specific circumstances that inspired it have changed a lot.

Posted by: Who, me? (metageek)
Posted at: September 17th, 2009 02:25 pm (UTC)

It's still a good lesson, even if the specific circumstances that inspired it have changed a lot.

Yeah, but it's a scary lesson for a 7-year old.

Or maybe I'm projecting, because it was a lot scarier when I was a kid. I remember lying awake at my grandmother's house one night, afraid because, in Canada, we were closer to the pole, and thus would have less warning if the missiles came. (In actuality, looking at the map, I see that we were actually further north at home. :-)

Posted by: C. Virtue (cvirtue)
Posted at: September 17th, 2009 02:32 pm (UTC)

Only if it is made concrete to him. I think it's still rather theoretical.

Even though I showed him that atomic test footage, I haven't made it explicit that governments (and others) have these bombs *today* and might use them. Maybe when he's 10 or so, or if he asks.

Posted by: Who, me? (metageek)
Posted at: September 17th, 2009 02:33 pm (UTC)

Only if it is made concrete to him. I think it's still rather theoretical.

Yeah, probably. I was more like 10 or 11 when I had that scary night.

Posted by: C. Virtue (cvirtue)
Posted at: September 17th, 2009 02:45 pm (UTC)
Now it's time for one-upsmanship

I've watched movies where bombs arrived at the Air Force Base on which I was watching the movie. That was surreal and disturbing. My dad worked at the Omaha Command Center (Norad) a few years earlier.

One in particular was Wargames.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0086567/

Posted by: Who, me? (metageek)
Posted at: September 17th, 2009 02:48 pm (UTC)
Re: Now it's time for one-upsmanship

Ooh. You win. :-)

Posted by: Alexx Kay (alexx_kay)
Posted at: September 17th, 2009 03:11 pm (UTC)

I have mixed reactions to that reaction.

On the one hand, I am firmly in favor of scary literature for kids.

On the other hand, that *particular* bit of scariness arguably had a big negative effect on some people, me included. I often think that part of the reason I never paid much attention to my long-term career prospects in my teens and twenties was because I never expected to *reach* my forties.

Posted by: Who, me? (metageek)
Posted at: September 17th, 2009 05:09 pm (UTC)

Yeah, I see a big gap between scary books set in a fantasy world and scary books set in the real world (or an allegory thereof).

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