There is no freedom of speech in this house. My kids inherited a Winnie the Pooh book, and I felt it was a little too scary. The Heffalump threatened to eat Winnie. To "gobble him up", to be precise. The horrors! Way too scary for my kids. So I decided to cross that line out with a Sharpie. I am ever the over-protective mother.

My kids took immediate notice to the editing I did, and now every time they read it, they scold me for having "colored" in their book. And my husband mocks me for censoring an innocent Winnie the Pooh story.

I don't even know what I'll do when one of them wants to read Naked Lunch or something. Let's just hope they stick to buttoned-up Victorian literature in their teen years!


  1. Ha! I am reading to my kids nightly from Luke 2, and I censor out the part about circumcision every single time (albeit without a sharpie). There is no way I am going to play the 8,000 question game about circumcision with 2 nine year olds, a six year old, and a 4 year old.

  2. I am laughing hard at this photo but my daughter (11) thinks it's terrible, both that you censored a book and that you are reading Disney Pooh instead of the original. :-) I used to leave things out while I read aloud to my kids but now that they can both read I can't get away with that any more.

  3. I've read some rather 'colorful' Victorian Lit in my time. Might want to be careful what you wish for!

  4. I don't know...Thomas Hardy can be pretty racy.

  5. Oh I would NEVER hear the end of the questions if Pooh's life were threatened. BUT WHY MOMMY???

    I think it's HILARIOUS that you crossed it out!

  6. Hee hee..I love it..that is so me!!! Victorian all the way..maybe Anne of Green Gables :)!
    -sandy toes

  7. I probably wouldn't have edited out the gobbling, but I certainly don't want my children shouting "Ho! Ho!" at women in the supermarket.


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