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British Parents Shelve Fairy Tales

by Cally Carswell 

Tags: books and publishers, fairy tales, bedtime stories, children's literature, Telegraph, Bookninja,

Little Red Riding HoodWith their kid gloves on, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Hansel and Gretel from their children’s nightstands" href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/4125664/Traditional-fairytales-not-PC-enough-for-parents.html" target="_blank">British parents are plucking classic fairy tales like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Hansel and Gretel from their children’s nightstands, replacing them with more innocuous bedtime stories like The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Fairy tales are just too scary and no longer politically correct for modern parental tastes, according to a new survey of British parents. The Telegraph reports:

Two-thirds of parents said traditional fairytales had stronger morality messages than many modern children's stories.

But many said they were no longer appropriate to soothe youngsters before bed.

Almost 20 per cent of adults said they refused to read Hansel and Gretel because the children were abandoned in a forest— and it may give their own sons and daughters nightmares.

A fifth did not like to read The Gingerbread Man as he gets eaten by a fox.

George Murray at Bookninja is not one of these parents. Responding to the Telegraph story, he writes, “Guys, if my kid isn’t lying awake in bed each night, staring at the ceiling and thinking of what he’s just read or been read, then we’ve got the wrong books.”