Briefly summarize the book and its content
This book was about two male penguins at a zoo who fell in love and were given an egg to raise as their own by a zookeeper who noticed their affection for each other.
Discuss both the pro-censorship and anti-censorship viewpoints.
I am personally anti-censorship. I believe that we should be exposed to what ever we choose to be exposed to. I do understand the pro-censorship argument that somethings could be harmful to the minds of children, but I think it should be left up to the parents to decide what their kids can and cannot see.
Was the ban unwarranted? Or, was the ban appropriate?
I personally see no reason why this book should be banned. As time has gone by, homosexuality has become more prevalent in our society and this book represents that very well. Unless an individual is homophobic, there is no reason why this book should be banned. And even if an individual id homophobic, they could just simply not read the book. I personally don’t see how this could influence anyone in any way other than teaching someone to respect everyone for who they are.
Do you have any personal experiences with your own school or parents banning books?
I personally don’t have experiences with book banning.
How many books on the Top 10 Commonly Challenged Books Lists have you read? Which books have you read?
I have only “read” (used spark notes) one of the books on the Top 10 Commonly Challenged Books List which was To Kill a Mockingbird.
What is your general opinion about book banning?
Because I don’t read, I’m not to concerned. However, I think do think it’s unconstitutional to essentially ban someone’s voice.
Can organizations, schools, and families really “ban books” in our time of the internet and social media?
Technically they can ban books. But in today’s day and age, technology allows us to find a way around almost anything that is banned. If there is a demand for something, there will always be some sort of supply.
How does the first amendment relate to book bans?
The first amendment relates to book banning because it grants the freedom of press (includes printing books) and the freedom of speech. Not being allowed to read what someone else has to say is the equivalent of not being able to say it in the first place in my opinion. And not being able to make copies of the book is essentially limiting someones knowledge.