Why is it that every time I start reading a book to my kiddos, someone/something is being killed? I always skip the page in The Tale of Peter Rabbit where the Daddy "has an accident and ends up in a mince meat pie". I mean Daddy Rabbit being cooked in a pie...that's harsh, right? Not three pages into Babar, a hunter shoots and kills little Babar's Mother:( Miss Peach loves (I mean LOVES) elephant's. "Mommy, what's wrong with Babar's Mommy?" "Oh sweetie, she was just shot and killed by hunters." No...I skip those pages as well.
Tonight, I was reading The Legend of Sleeping Bear to both the babies. So far so good, animals playing in the forest...Mommy bear with her two cubs...happy, happy, joy, joy...Then bam! Forest fire. Mommy and babies run out of land and have to swim across the lake. Mommy tells her babies to swim with all their might and they all swim. Mommy gets to the shore the next morning, and her babies were gone. She waits through seasons at the shore for her babies....Ummmm....no. I am on the verge of tears reading this book. Where did this book even come from? Would someone please pass the Dr Seuss? Good Lord, am I a wuss? I am going to hide all these books...I am not ready to read about Daddy Rabbits, Mommy Elephants, and Baby Bears dying! Oh, and don't even get me started with Bambi and Dumbo...What do you do?