We Shall Never Forget 9/11: The Kids Book of Freedom is a coloring book about the tragic events of 9/11 2001, featuring pictures of the burning World Trade Center towers and the execution of Osama bin Laden.
Although Wayne Bell, publisher of Really Big Coloring Books Inc., in Saint Louis, says the book was never meant to be controversial, and that it’s simply based on market research, on what people are looking for, the fact that it contains scenes like Osama bin Laden being shot by a Navy SEAL has sparked some controversy. Bell goes on to describe the coloring book as “a simplistic honest tool” to “educate children on events on 9/11”, but do kids who still like to color need to see scenes of mourning, burning buildings, and the execution of a Muslim man portrayed as hiding behind his veiled wife? may
Maybe “the truth is the truth” as Wayne Bell says, but should it be presented to small children as a coloring book, possibly instilling bias in their young minds? The book has already been deemed inappropriate by critics, because it fails to distinguish extremist radicals from the majority of Muslims, but that apparently hasn’t hurt sales one bit. Really Big Coloring Books reports the first print run of 10,000 copies has already sold out, and more are being printed. In the end, parents are the only ones who can judge if the content of the 36-page We Shall Never Forget 9/11: The Kids Book of Freedom is appropriate for children, and despite recent controversy some don’t seem to have a problem with it.