Monday, October 3, 2011

Book Sharing Monday - Elbert's Bad Word

Elbert's Bad Word by Audrey Wood is about a little boy who snatches a bad word out of the air and keeps it in his pocket. Without warning he uses the word. 

This story shows one example of how a child might stop saying a bad word. 

Our kids are not innocent. They have used bad words before. My husband and I are the type of people who question things about parenting and society. We discussed bad words and had many questions. Who decided that it's a bad word anyway? Why is it a bad word? Why do we have bad words? Is it for authoritarian power over others with the use of guilt? Some may say that it's just plane rude, but isn't it just rude because society has told us that? Isn't it just our perception? Although we shouldn't dwell on others think, we also don't want to insult others.

Our kids know our opinion on this and found this book funny and interesting. Zoe also pointed out that the author never says the bad word in the book. I think she was hoping to know what the boy said. LOL!

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