Take any picture book, and upon opening it, ask yourself, “What social concepts is this book imprinting on the mind?”
Four out of seven of the above titles, I consider too oppressive to use in my elementary classroom. The other three, I love. I won’t specify which titles, because…to each its own. I’ll give you a clue though. Two of the titles contain very potentially harmful allegories. Those two titles are: The Beeman, published by Barefoot Books, and The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes, published by Sandpiper, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Co.
Remember; do not judge a book by its cover.