Most of the books I read to my kids, I get from reading lists (e.g., Honey for a Child's Heart) and from friends' recommendations. I order these books from the library online `and they are stacked up and ready to go when I arrive. But I also like to peruse the children's bookshelves and my kids love picking up books that look interesting to them. I do not often preview read-aloud books. Maybe I should do this more.
There is a Thanksgiving book we have read over the years and love called The Night Before Thanksgiving. It is a cute story of a family Thanksgiving celebration. I recommend it!
The other day I saw a book with a similar title, 'Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving, and picked it up. I read it to the kids today and half-way through realized it was total animal rights propaganda. Children steal turkeys from a farmer in order to spare their lives. (The farmer's name is Mack Nuggett.) At the end of the book, the children were "abounding in love." The children and their families feasted on "veggies with jelly and toast" and everyone was thankful (the turkeys were most)." In other words, it is okay to steal from a farmer who is trying to make a living but how dare you think you are better than a fowel and take the life of a bird for your sustenance!
My kids took in every word of this book. I continued reading it but, at the end, we had discussion Iabout the purposes of animals and whether eating animals is something that is wrong or allowed for in the bible and a part of God's plan. We talked about whether animals are equal with humans or subservient and whether animals have a soul. We also talked about people like Laura Ingalls who would have never survived a winter in the Big Woods if her pa had not killed animals for food.
So, maybe I should preview books more. But, I tend to err on the side of exposing my kids to stuff and then having conversations with them about what is Truth and what is a lie. I would rather my kids grow up having lots of conversations with their mom about right and wrong, and knowing that their mom is not afraid to confront the lies the world offers, than my kids simply being sheltered.
My two cents, for what is worth! What are your thoughts?