Scholastic Pulls George Washington Book Over Slavery Debate
The company received criticism for the portrayal of slavery in the children's book "A Birthday Cake for George Washington."By Ryan Biek | January 18, 2016
Scholastic is cutting the distribution of the children's book "A Birthday Cake for George Washington" after receiving criticism the book misrepresents slavery.
The story is told through the eyes of Washington's head cook and his daughter, both slaves. The distributor said in a statement, "... we believe that, without more historical background on the evils of slavery than this book for younger children can provide, the book may give a false impression of the reality of the lives of slaves."
The backlash echoes criticism last year over a similar children's book, "A Fine Dessert." But unlike "A Fine Dessert," the author and illustrator of "A Birthday Cake" are people of color.