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Toronto library asked to shelve Dr. Seuss' 'Hop on Pop' because it promotes violence

Toronto Public Library was asked to pull the book because it "encouraged children to use violence against their fathers."
By Evan Bleier   |   April 29, 2014 at 4:19 PM   |   Comments

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TORONTO, April 29 (UPI) -- Librarians at the Toronto Public Library were asked to remove copies of Dr. Seuss’ 1963 children's book "Hop on Pop” from the establishment’s collection because it allegedly promotes violence.

A document detailing the seven books the library has been asked to remove over the past year was posted online on Monday.

The book “encourages children to use violence against their fathers,” according to the complaint.

In addition to apologizing to fathers in the Toronto area, the complainant also asked that the library “pay for damages resulting from the book.”

The Materials Review Committee pointed out that the book is “humorous,” “well-loved” and that it has “appeared on many ‘Best of’ children’s book lists.”

The MRC also pointed out that the children in the Pulitzer Prize-winning author’s book are actually told not to hop on pop.

Despite the complaint, the library opted to retain the book in the children's collection.

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