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Old 09-20-2006, 02:02 PM   #1
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Pull Down Your Pants And Slide On The Ice

I dont know..of all things to be offended by.


BANGOR, Maine --A book of rhymes handed out to kindergarten classes across Maine is being criticized by some parents as inappropriate.

"Schoolyard Rhymes" is a compilation of 50 verses included in bags given to 18,000 pupils through the Read With ME literacy project supported by Gov. John Baldacci and his wife Karen.

Karen Baldacci, who is a former kindergarten teacher, spearheads Maine Reads, the nonprofit umbrella organization for Read With ME that is funded by Verizon, the Bangor Daily News reported. The group receives no state money.

A few of the rhymes have raised some eyebrows. For example, one says, "Ladies and gentlemen, Take my advice, Pull down your pants And slide on the ice." Another one says, "Girls go to Mars to get candy bars. Boys go to Jupiter to get more stupider."

Erica Smith of Hampden, mother of a 5-year-old son who goes to the McGraw School, said the book is "completely inappropriate."

"It's rude. There are words in there that I don't allow in my house," said Smith, who complained to her son's teacher as well as the school principal. She also called the governor's office to voice her displeasure.

The book, edited by award-winning author Judy Sierra of Castro Valley, Ca., and illustrated by Melissa Sweet of Rockport, was chosen by a five-member committee of literacy specialists, librarians and educators including Karen Baldacci.

Since the book was distributed, the governor's office has received about a dozen e-mails and phone calls from people who said they were "uncomfortable" with the book, said Crystal Canney, spokeswoman for the governor.

"The committee obviously feels that parents should use their own judgment on what they feel is appropriate for their children," she said.

Officials noted that the rhymes, which have been around for generations, are meant to be taken lightly and that the intent was never to offend.

Sarah Cecil, coordinator of the Portland-based Maine Reads, said this year marks the first time anyone has complained about the program.

Most of the evaluation forms that accompanied the book were positive, she said. "At the same time, we're sorry if we offended people and we can respect each parent's or educator's decisions about whether to read the book or not," she said.

Thumbing through the book at her desk at the Bangor Public Library, Anne Mundy, director of the children's department, said she could see both sides of the controversy.

"Everyone's sensibilities are a little different, so it's hard to find something that's going to be welcomed by all families of kindergartners," she said.
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Boys go to Jupiter
To get more stupider
Girls go to college
To get more knowledge




by Sonic Youth

best + sexy what was it anyway
jean-michel what was it anyway
saw you there what was it anyway
kneel right down what was it anyway
guitar on the ground what was it anyway
lost yr hand what was it anyway
hipsters stand what was it anyway
glitter tongue what was it anyway
gave you a flower what was it anyway
gave you the power what was it anyway
saintly ghost what was it anyway
tingling down what was it anyway
nevermind what was it anyway

soot me over / feel me naked
soot me over / feel me escape

boys go to jupiter to get more stupider
girls go to mars, become rock stars
boys go to jupiter to get more stupider
girls go to mars, become rock stars
boys go to jupiter to get more stupider
girls go to mars, become rock stars
boys go to jupiter to get more stupider
girls go to mars, become rock stars

come on down down to the river
come on down and jump right in
come on down i dare you to win now
come on down and down my friend
come on down and jump in the river
come on down and jump right in yeh
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I know I was scarred for life by some of the rhymes I read in kindergarten


http://www.bangornews.com/news/t/sta...700&zoneid=500

By Bangor Daily News Staff

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Some examples of the rhymes in the book, "Schoolyard Rhymes, "
selected by Judy Sierra:

Oh, I won't go to Macy's any more, more, more.
There's a big fat policeman at the door, door, door.
He grabs me by the collar
And makes me pay a dollar,

So I won't go to Macy's any more, more, more.
Teacher, teacher, don't be dumb,
Give me back my bubble gum.
Teacher, teacher, don't be mean,

Give me a dollar for the soda machine.
Roses are red,
Cabbages are green.
You've got a shape
Like a washing machine.

I love myself, I think I'm grand.
I go to the movies. I hold my hand.
I put my arm around my waist.
When I get fresh, I slap my face.

She cannot read, read, read,
She cannot write, write, write,
But she can smoke, smoke, smoke
Her daddy's pipe, pipe, pipe.
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Thank God I went to Maryland public schools, lol.

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Ah, what the hell. The kids'll make up worse ones.
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Oh
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God.

I guess Shel Silverstein and Jack Prelutsky are next.
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Funny, I'd been looking for a word that rhymes with Jupiter
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I'm disappointed that Mainiacs would make a big deal about this. It must be people not orginally from there. Real Mainer's have too much other stuff to worry about like growing potatos and drinking beer to worry about this crap.
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Ah, what's the big deal? It doesn't bother me.
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Nooo. My bum will be too cold if I did that.
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Did anyone ever sing about Fatty and Skinny going to the zoo?
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I can't believe this. For real, what's next?
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Some people are just obnoxious.
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