Would you let your kids have something like this,, or is it disrespectful/tacky?
I think it's odd.
Colour/play therapy is a good thing. My kids draw a lot about tsunamis lately. But that comes from them. It's their way of working their fear out.
But this? First, it's about 10 years too late for play therapy. Second, the picture of Obama about to be shot is distasteful and not in any way age appropriate. And not really what a memorial of 9/11 should be about. We should remember the people who died, we don't need to give him any more airtime than is absolutely necessary.
I 100% agree with Blather with the clarification of Obama = Osama.
Yuck. No. Would not purchase this coloring book nor permit it in my house.
In educating my kids about that day we talk about the heroes of the day. The innocent people who were killed. We focus on how the US came together in the aftermath.
I do think it is a hard conversation to have. We've only had simple conversations with our kids about what happened on 9/11-- but I try not to be too in depth at this point (bc I fly a lot for work and I don't want them to think that my plane could be hijacked and crashed into a building.) We focus on how people helped one another, how it was a scary day, but that we are safer now. We also talk about soldiers who are fighting (we have family in the service)-- but they also know that we don't like war and would have chosen another path to work out conflict.
This coloring book is absolutely tacky and I'd rather they name the terrorists by name than give them this generalized "they" title. Call it Al-Qaeda or name the terrorists-- don't lump it into this amorphous "they".
I agree with pp.
I wouldn't have it my home. I think there are far more constructive and educational ways to talk about tragedy. This coloring book is neither of those things.
I definitely wouldn't buy this book. If you want to do a children's book to explain the events of that day that's one thing, but #1 it doesn't need to be a coloring book (that's super weird to me) and #2 it definitely shouldn't have any pics of anyone aiming or firing a gun in it, even if it was at Osama Bin Laden. The book can do the explaining of his demise in a tasteful way without the visual aid. On another note though, I don't have any problem with the book saying that the individuals that carried out the horrific acts of that day were Muslim... BECAUSE THEY WERE! Everyone knows that this is not the mindset of that entire religion, but it doesn't change the fact that they all were in fact Muslim extremists.
I agree with the woman being interviewed in the video. I would never give a "book" like this to my child, ever. I don't want him to learn about different religions in a negative context, especially in a coloring book that depicts guns and an event much too advanced for him right now. Taking him to Turkey last winter and him seeing my Muslim grandmother praying is much more appropriate.
Oops. That's a terrible typo.