British Parents Shelve Fairy Tales

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With their kid gloves on, <a title=”British parents are plucking classic fairy tales like <I style=” mso-bidi-font-style:=”” normal”=””>Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and <i style=”mso-bidi-font-style: normal”>Hansel and Gretel</i> 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 <i>Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs</i> and <i>Hansel and Gretel</i> from their children’s nightstands</a>, replacing them with more innocuous bedtime stories like <em>The Very Hungry Caterpillar</em>.</p>
<p>Fairy tales are just too scary and no longer politically correct for modern parental tastes, according to a new survey of British parents. The <i>Telegraph</i> reports:</p>
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<i>Two-thirds of parents said traditional fairytales had stronger morality messages than many modern children’s stories.</i>
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<i>But many said they were no longer appropriate to soothe youngsters before bed.</i>
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<em>Almost 20 per cent of adults said they refused to read</em> Hansel and Gretel <em>because the children were abandoned in a forest– and it may give their own sons and daughters nightmares.</em>
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<em>A fifth did not like to read</em> The Gingerbread Man <em>as he gets eaten by a fox.</em>
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<p>George Murray at <i>Bookninja</i>
<a title=”is not one of these parents” href=”http://www.bookninja.com/?p=4869″ target=”_blank”>is not one of these parents</a>. Responding to the <i>Telegraph</i> 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.”</p>
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