My oldest daughter, Mallory, read the first book in the series as a 12-year-old who became an avid reader by virtue of having a mother who took her to college. While I was reading Chaucer's Canterbury Tales for my English LiteratureRead More »from Why You Should Never "Child-Proof" a Book for Your Kid
- Babble.com | Team Mom – Tue, Nov 12, 2013 11:28 AM ESTChildproofing BooksMy literary friends are all ablaze this weekend over Lynn Messina's piece in the New York Times Motherlode section, in which she child-proofs the Harry Potter series to her 5-year-old son as she reads them aloud to him. My librarian friends, mostly, are seething. My parenting friends are cluck-clucking. I am doing all three. To understand her version of "pinkwashing," as she calls it, you have to know that Messina changes words, plot lines, and character defects. Motherlode is the parenting section that offers opinions from mothers and fathers (some of them are friends of mine), but I don't mind taking Messina to task over this awful editing and bowdlerizing of J.K. Rowling's books.