(WXYZ) - On the brink of the 10th anniversary of September 11th a new children’s ‘graphic coloring novel’ has emerged.
We want to know; is it appropriate for kids?
According to the publisher, the book entitled ‘We Shall Never Forget 9/11 -- The Kids’ Book of Freedom’ is “designed to be a tool that parents can use to help teach children about the facts surrounding 9/11.”
The book opens on September 11, 2011 with a picture of Osama Bin Laden as he plots the US attacks. It ends nearly 10 years later with the raid of Bin Laden’s Abbottabad compound and his death.
Several pages show both American military and Muslims with guns. The final page of the story shows a bullet flying toward Bin Laden before his death.
Publishers say the book ‘demonstrates honesty, reverence, integrity and good character,’ with ‘a historic and educational perspective.’
7 Action News showed the coloring book to the Executive Director for the Council on American-Islamic relations. He calls the book disgusting because it portrays all Muslims as radicals when indeed American Muslims had nothing to do with 9-11 and they were victims as well as first responders that day.
“This publisher is doing a disservice to innocent young minds by showing this type of nonsense. In every single reference to Muslims has to do with radical, extremists, and depictions of people being terrorists,” said Dawud Walid.
Spokesperson for the publisher, Wayne Bell, released a statement to Action News about the use of Osama Bin Laden and said:
“Because they see the man, Osama Bin Laden, get shot in black and white, that provides closure for them.”
Hat tip: Nilk.