Number 4 loves to read.
She loves to read inside.
She loves to read outside.
Her favorite special at school is “definitely, definitely Library.”
Yesterday she came home from school with a book about Anne Frank.
It wasn’t like a dumbed down, elementary school level, Anne Frank picture book.
It was a non-fiction chapter book.
She was very excited to read it.
I told her it was inappropriate for a kid her age, and that she had to bring it back to school.
But first I guess she decided to read it.
I found this out today when she came home from school, walked in the door, and proudly exclaimed, “Mommy! I finished the Anne Frank book!”
I gave her a look.
“No you didn’t,” I said.
“Yes, I did,” she told me.
“Mommy, did you know that Anne Frank was captured by the Germans and sent to a concentration camp?”
Ugh. I was hoping she had learned that from the back cover or something.
“When she got there, the Germans shaved her head, and she went to a special women’s room.”
That probably wasn’t on the back cover.
“The women had to work, but a lot of the women died because they got diseases.
They still had to work until they were too weak to work.”
She wasn’t done.
“Anne Frank got a disease and died when she was 15.
Her sister died only a couple days later,” Number 4 explained.
There was more.
“Their mom died too.
After she slowly lost her mind.
And Mommy, do you know what they did to a lot of the people in the concentration camps?
The Germans gassed them.”
This was getting better and better.
“And Mommy, guess what they did then?
Then they burned their bodies.”
“Now do you believe that I read the book, Mommy?”
What I don’t believe is that my kid needs special permission from me to check out a Harry Potter or Goosebumps book from school.
But a book about gassing, torturing, and murdering a bunch of innocent people?
That, apparently, is no big deal.
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