Don't Sit On My Lunch! (Ready, Freddy!) (英語) マスマーケット – 2005/1/1
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When first-grader Freddy Thresher decides to try out for peewee hockey, his archenemy and school bully Max Sellars decides to also try out for the one slot left on the team. Simultaneous.
John McKinley has been drawing all his life. He is the celebrated illustrator of the Ready, Freddy! series. He and his family live in Northern California.
語数 6,456 YL 2.7
There were multiple points during reading at which both of us had to pause because the endless bickering was so ridiculous. I'm a mother and a teacher and I've never heard children fight so endlessly or be so nasty. I wouldn't want my son to think that kind of behavior is normal, and I'll be "losing" this book in the trash, even though he was also bothered by the fighting while we were reading. It was hard to read aloud, because it was just so endless and irritating. The fighting between Freddy and his sister was particularly awful because of the parents' responses. Told to apologize to his sister for throwing mashed potato in her face, Freddy finally manages a rude, "I'm sorry, you little baby," and his father allows it. At another point in the story Freddy's dad physically restrains him as he is trying to punch his sister in the nose. My son has always known that a boy does not ever hit a girl, so his ability to relate to Freddy (hopefully) suffered there. After trying to punch his sister, Freddy is rewarded by his dad promising to take him to a hockey game. The whole book normalizes an extremely unhealthy sibling rivalry upheld by unhealthy parental side-taking and enabling.
As for the fighting at school, why do these children even talk to one another? They all clearly hate one another. If Max is supposed to be a "bully," as the author mentions numerous times, one would be hard-pressed to notice him in the crowd of bullies at the lunch table. Freddy himself is as much a bully as Max. The other kids are stereotypes, with Chloe being prissy, whiny, eating sushi for lunch, berating Jessie for being unladylike and "piggish" for playing hockey, etc.
Finally, and this may bother me the most of all, when Freddy and Jessie plan to practice hockey together, his sister makes a huge deal about it, singing that Freddy has a girlfriend and teasing him about kissing her. His mother also comments on how "cute" it is that he has a "girlfriend," and Freddy is embarrassed to talk to Jessie on the phone. He's also embarrassed to be seen getting off the bus with her. My sons, grades kindergarten and 2nd, both have female friends. They go play with girls, girls come play with them, and it has never occurred to either of them to be embarrassed about playing with a girl or talking to a girl. Freddy's cheeks get hot when Jessie talks to him. This is first grade! I feel like now I have to explain to my son that it is totally normal to play with children of either gender. This book fosters unhealthy notions of male-female relationships for young kids.
Perhaps I sound melodramatic and people will want to defend the author and say this book is harmless and cute, but the extremely unhealthy and toxic ideas it put into my son's head are not at all welcome. If you want your child to have normal healthy relationships with siblings and peers, don't buy them this book.