[DWJ] OT: Diana Hendry

Ian W. Riddell iwriddell at gmail.com
Thu Jul 13 00:58:06 EDT 2006

On 7/12/06, Melissa Proffitt <Melissa at proffitt.com> wrote:
> On Wed, 12 Jul 2006 23:36:34 -0400 (EDT), deborah.dwj at suberic.net wrote:
> >On Wed, 12 Jul 2006, Irina Rempt wrote:
> >
> >|I've always had a similar problem with _The Rainbow Fish_: give away the
> >|thing that makes you stand out in order to make everybody absolutely
> >|equal, so nobody is at all special any more.
> >
> >This is precisely why I *hate* the Rainbow Fish.  Instead of
> >finding what's beautiful about all the fish, the one special fish
> >has to rip apart his own body to make friends.
> Ditto that.  I don't let the kids read it.  They're all "but it's so
> and look at the sparkly foil" and I tell them it's Satan's plaything.

This is also the reason I hate "The Giving Tree." When I ran the children's
department of a book store I would keep as few of these on the shelf as I
possibly could, sometimes hide them, and never - never - recommend it or
point it out unless someone asked for it specifically.

Ugh. What a horrible message.


Love doesn't just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread,
remade all the time, made new.
Ursula K. LeGuin
Ian W. Riddell
Director of Music Ministry, James Reeb UU Congregation
Artistic Director, Perfect Harmony Men's Chorus
iwriddell at gmail.com / riddell at perfectharmonychorus.org

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