If you also believe challenged and banned books are worth reading, here's another fun tidbit for today from 10 surprisingly banned books by Pam Gaulin, here is number 10:
Grimm's Fairy TalesAnd, really, with the fairy tales I read every day it is really not surprising that more fairy tales aren't banned. Murder, incest, abuse, etc. I wouldn't watch movies of most of this stuff, but I've made a life out of reading it all the time. :) Wine in the wicker basket is the least of the issues...and I don't drink myself.
Fairy tales have always clung to their precarious place in children's literature. On one side, readers have fairy-tale purists who lament the morals lost in fairy tales that have been too cleaned up. Others object to any violence in fairy tales. A couple of California school districts found a whole new reason to ban "Grimm's Fairy Tales" in 1989: misuse of alcohol. Little Red Riding Hood's basket for her grandmother includes wine. Maybe it wasn't a California red.
I inwardly cringe a little when casual acquaintances think my books are for their young children's reading. Sleeping Beauties: Sleeping Beauty and Snow White Tales From Around the World has many tales I wouldn't share with anyone under eight at the minimum.