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  1. We had a tea kettle thread here recently, and it became quite clear that there are cultural differences between Americans and Canadians (and others) regarding kettles (including calling it a tea kettle vs just plain kettle). That thread taught me to assume nothing...... 🙂
  2. Our kettle sometimes gets some lime scale. Boiling a little vinegar takes care of it. Otherwise, I've never had this problem. We only ever boil water in it (other than the occasional vinegar treatment), so it doesn't get dirty. (Which leads me to think, do people steep the tea in the kettle? We use a teapot for that. ETA and the teapot does get tea stained/residue and needs washing)
  3. If you're used to using boiling water to make tea, you might find that Keurig water isn't hot enough. It only get up to 192F. Not hot enough to make good tea IMO.
  4. "slant eyes" and "slanted eyes" are slurs in my part of the world. 1) East Asian people objectively do not have "slanted" eyes - their eyes are not at an angle or crooked. They are as straight on their faces as anyone else's. Many East Asians have a distinctive fold of skin (epicanthic fold) that partially covers their upper eyelid. (Not all East Asians have this feature, and plenty of non-asians do have it). 2) Slant vs straight has moral implications with slant = crooked, corrupt, vs straight = morally straight and upstanding.
  5. I'll have a go: Both the illustration and its place in the plot are racist because: 1) The illustration itself is both a caricature of racial features (yellow skin, slanted eyes), and stereotypes (clothing such as hat, robes, footwear, pigtail; and behaviours such as "eats with sticks"). In fact, I don't think there is a single component of this image that is not a caricature of racial features and stereotypes. 2) The plot itself: The narrator tells a fantastical story that becomes more outlandish and crazy with each page. East Asian person = outlandish and other. The imag
  6. I hadn't seen this blog post before, but it rings true for me. I'm a white mother of kids of colour. Children's literature, especially older classic titles often recommended by classical home ed curricula, including TWTM, felt like such a minefield. The Secret Garden, A Little Princess, the Little House books, Peter Pan, Swallow and Amazons, Pippi Longstocking, The Cricket in Times Square, The Great Horn Spoon, Twenty-One Balloons, Caddy Woodlawn, The Jungle Book, Just So Stories, the list goes on and on. You'd be happily reading along, and them Bam! get slapped in the face with a bal
  7. I see your point, and I don't disagree. I do think that caricaturing racial features is racist though, and I think that's were the blog author was going with her argument.
  8. Indeed. It's the caricaturing of stereotypes that causes the trouble, I think.
  9. I also own Mulberry Street (in the Six by Seuss hardcover compilation). I haven't read it in at least ten years, and I knew exactly which illustration they were talking about from memory - it bothered my then, and has stuck in my mind. I didn't read it to my Asian kids. Yertle the Turtle, on the other hand, we practically wore out.
  10. I think this is right on the money. It's an easy win for the Seuss estate.
  11. I think it's both. Some of the books might be fixable. Others, racism or exoticism is woven into the story line.
  12. Quoted from the same blog post I linked to above: Critical Analysis of Race in 50 Children’s Books by Dr. Seuss Of the 2240 human characters, there are 45 characters of color, representing 2% of the total number of human characters. Of the 45 characters of color, all 45 (100%) are depicted in a racist manner. Every single character of color is portrayed through at least 3, and sometimes all 5, of the following themes: Subservience: “Useful in an inferior capacity: subordinate: submissive” Dehumanization: “To deprive of human qualities, personality, sp
  13. We were discussing this news as a family last night. Of the six books that will no longer be published, I've only ever seen one IRL (Mulberry Street.) None of them are amongst his most popular works. The news prompted us to do a bit of a google to see what the issues are. Which led to this interesting blog post that posits that some of Seuss's most popular works (Cat in the Hat, Horton, and The Sneetches) are also racist. WRT Horton and the Sneetches, I saw the blogger's point immediately. But her Cat in the Hat argument contains information that was new to me - that the TCITH conta
  14. Brains On! is another great kids' science podcast
  15. Same needle for everyone at the clinics I've worked. ETA: weight/BMI are not documented either.
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