Smoking shown in children's books in past decades

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romanza10

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Jan 10, 2012
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Curious George books were awesome when I was a wee lad. My parents bought them for me. I'm not at all surprised to see George smoking. First he is curious, and when these were written (though I don't know exactly when) the world was way different than it is today.

 

cajunguy

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I. Unacceptable for Children: Curious George smoking a pipe.

II. Acceptable for Children: Hansel and Gretal pushing a witch into an oven and listening to her scream as she roasts to death.
I'm not a proponent of censorship in any matter. I read both stories as a child. But it seems Hansel and Gretel may be a bit more psychologically damaging than George puffing a pipe. Go figure.

 

pufferissimo

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Jan 20, 2012
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And note that George is smoking a pipe, rather than a cigarette.

how do you guys thinks about this ?

 

scotrob

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lol- and yes i did actually "lol" at Cajunguy's post
i think many of the brother's Grimm tales are damaging too:
1. Hansel and Gretel: aside from condoning the notion of burning witches alive, how often have you ever been inside a house that you could EAT? if that doesnt mess with kids' heads nothing will
2. Little Red Riding Hood: where to begin? Themes of paedophilia, granny battering AND rampant bloodshed to say nothing of killing an endangered animal
3. Rumplestiltskin & Rapunzel: Reinforces negative gender stereotypes (women spinning etc.)
yeh, lets have more calm, contemplative pipe smoking in kids books rather than the gorefest of yesteryear!

 

ohin3

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I'm convinced that exposure to all of it is developmentally beneficial. Life is not all sunshine and rainbows and one must be exposed to the dark side to truly understand the light.

 

lazydog

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BBQ witches are tastier than roasted witches. The Lone Ranger show on 50s TV was super violent. Someone would put a bullet in a miners head close range for a nugget of gold. I really loved that show. Curious George really has that pipe smoking. Tongue burn lil buddy. :wink:

 

cajunguy

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+1 on the BBQ
And maybe George is smoking a new Carey Magic Inch. I don't have one, but they're supposed to be very cool smokers... :lol:

 

lazydog

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George looks like he just borrowed his Uncles (Monkeys Uncle) & is smoking a canadian volcano . Monkeys have always preferred a pinch of Latakia. The larger primates enjoyPerique. They go through a lot of stems. Phillip, I just have to ask, have you ever set that fantastic beard on fire while smokin???

 

ohin3

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Whatever he is smoking, it sure does look like he is enjoying it. I'm pretty sure I have struck that very same pose a few times while having one of those perfect smokes.

 

dhizzy

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My kids get a kick out of the Night Before Christmas Book because it shows Santa smoking a pipe and even mentions it on that page.

 

buster

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Well not books but we watch Yogi the bear and the Pink panther cartoons and both have pipe smokers in them. Cant seem to find pics on line though. :puffy: