Woo! Two thirds done with this challenge, and I’ve managed to post every day for the last 20. [pats self on the back]
So. Today was another one I have been thinking about for a while. Because I wasn’t sure how to answer the question. Really. In the end, I decided on a book that taught ME about these things, and decided that would have to do.
A Book I’d Recommend To An
This is one that I’m still not even sure I’m making the right decision on. I just know that when I was a kid, Starring Sally J Freedman as Herself was the first book I read that dealt with topics like the Holocaust, segregation and small-mindedness in general.
You guys have read this one, right? I mean, I’m assuming that most of the women reading this went through a Judy Blume period at some point in their lives.
Anyway, yeah. This book was what caused me to go looking up information on antisemitism, separate water fountains and bordellos (um, yes – I learned about whore houses from Judy Blume, shut up).
A few years ago, I was watching something with my oldest and the Holocaust and Anne Frank were brought up. I think he was just 10, and explaining what was being discussed was a difficult conversation to have with him. I tried to be as gentle about it as possible, but it still made him cry.
I feel kind of bad that I had to learn all that stuff on my own. I mean, I did a ton of reading then (more than I do now, can you believe it?) and I suppose I could have asked, but I remember being so incredibly depressed learning what humanity is capable of.
I know there’s not one book that would change anyone’s point of view (which was why my post for yesterday kind of sucked), but this book kind of guided me to learn about things I probably wouldn’t have until much older.
I think that’s why it was the one I came up with for this topic. It’s not like reading about a little girl who thinks her neighbour is Hitler in disguise is going to cause anyone to weep from the scales being removed from their eyes, but as a kid it kind of did that for me.
Since I’m terrible at making a decision on this one, what would you recommend?