Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Butt Out Of A Classic
Some might be calling it a censorship of "image," nevertheless, the publishers of Margaret Wise Brown's 60-year-old children's classic Goodnight Moon have created a firestorm by making the little book smoke free.
The son of illustrator Clement Hurd, Thacher Hurd has been recently pressured by HarperCollins to let the publisher digitally alter the picture of his father in a newly revised edition of the book, removing a cigarette from his hand.
The doctored photo has come under fire from a group of children's booksellers and one has even mounted a campaign to have the original picture restored.
HarperCollins Children's Books Editor Kate Jackson said it was nothing more than a "quick fix" to what was viewed as a "potentially a harmful message to very young kids."
Hurd said the doctored photo of his dad with nothing but air between his extended fingers looks "slightly absurd to me," adding Brown and his father "would be thoroughly amused by this."
Amazing how far we've come from the days of Father Knows Best, et al, where "dad" solved all the problems of the world from the comfort of his armchair during a 30-minute episode with his slippers on, and his trusty smoking pipe well at hand. : )
Goodnight Moon celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2007.
Good Wednesday, all. Peace.