Review: One Foot in the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
3 hours ago
|The before picture|
|The Room After Paint|
|The crib and bedding|
|The shelving and changing table|
|The dresser and his books :)|
|The cute little window valances and the comfy rocker|
Attempts have been made to ban the book from some libraries, parents claiming that the poem "How Not To Have To Dry The Dishes" encourages messiness and disobedience. The poem "Little Abigail and the Beautiful Pony" led to more criticism for describing the death of a girl after her parents refuse to buy her a pony. This led the book to be banned by the Fruitland Park Elementary School in Lake County, Florida. The decision, however, was later reversed by an advisory committee of parents and teachers. Other complaints included the mention of supernatural themes, including demons, devils, and ghosts.Growing up, I loved Shel Silverstein's books. I borrowed both A Light in the Attic and Where the Sidewalk Ends from the library so much, I'm surprised anyone else ever had a chance to read them. I always found the illustrations to be funny and the poems always gave me the giggles. Reading them again this past week, had the same affect.
The novel's content has been the frequent target of censors and appears on the American Library Association list of the 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990-2000 at number eight. The censorship attempts stem from death being a part of the plot; Jess' frequent use of the word "lord" outside of prayer; concerns that the book promotes secular humanism, New Age religion, occultism, and Satanism; and for use of offensive language.I chose this book to read for BBW because I was positive I had read it as a child. After reading it, I'm positive that I never read it as a child and this was the first time!! That having been said, I thought it was a good book, but not a favorite. I can also see why a lot of the kids reviews on Amazon stated it was "boring."