Thingish Things

9-11 Cartoon? Bad Idea? Good Idea?

Written By: William F. B. O'Reilly - Aug• 03•11

Mike Huckabee has created a company that is making historical cartoons for children, CBS News is reporting.  Three have been made, including one on 9-11.  Excerpts from that episode are above.

I’m not sure what I think of that, but I think I might like the idea. I think.

I was recently trying to explain to my almost-five-year-old daughter what happened on 9-11 after passing the site in a car. It was a lot harder than I thought it would be, and I eventually regretted trying it.  Children at that age want visuals — they reach for the book after every paragraph to “let me see” — and there was nothing acceptable to show her, nothing she could properly grasp at her age.

Maybe Huckabee has found a way to address these tough but important topics with children.  But at the same time, cartoonizing them feels a little wrong. 

Will have to think more about this one. 


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