I spoke to a constituent today who was concerned about a KCC literacy initiative this week. It seems that Nigel Hinton, author of the “Beaver Towers” series of books, was asked to write a story for 5-11 year olds which would be read out in primary schools across the county to celebrate the 2008 National Year of Reading.
The story, my constituent told me, is that Beaver Island is in danger, and can only be saved by a small boy who flies to Kent on a kite with a “magic beaver” for company, to find some hops. He apparently finds a field of hops and takes some. The farmer catches him and calls the police, accusing him of trespass and stealing. The local policeman puts him in the police car and drives away with him. The boy gets the “magic beaver” to talk to the policeman. Shocked by a talking beaver, the policeman loses control of the car, and the boy and the beaver escape.
My constituent was that a story for primary age children which includes both trespass, theft and a car accident. I asked my two daughters what they thought. The youngest thought the story was “funny” whilst the oldest felt it promoted trespass and theft, and was generally “a bit sinister” in the bit about the car.
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