Uh oh. Another potential book banning is in the works, this time in Miami. An elementary school parent is said to be upset about Vamos a Cuba, by Alta Schreier; the book contains the allegedly controversial sentence, "The people of Cuba eat, work and study like you.''
There is a movement afoot at the Miami-Dade School Board to remove the book from school libraries. Needless to say, Cuban exile politics are at the heart of the matter.
I perused the publisher's web site and found other scintillating material in Schreier's geography title for five to seven year olds, including these sorts of questions: "What kinds of fruits grow in Cuba? Which spiky plant do some Cubans eat as a vegetable?" The next thing you know, someone is going to say something crazy like Cuba is an island.
Read the whole newspaper article at the Miami Herald.
Update 4/19: There is no immediate ban of the book, but the matter is not over. The Herald is reporting,
The Miami-Dade School Board today rejected a move to immediately remove a controversial children's book on Cuba from all school libraries, clearing the way for an appeals process to continue.
The bill failed in a 6-3 vote... Read more of Matthew I. Pinzur's article here.