Lotta on Troublemaker Street

Lotta on Troublemaker Street

Book - 2001
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Angry because everyone at home is so mean, five-year-old Lotta takes her favorite toy and goes to live in a neighbor's attic.
Publisher: New York : Aladdin Paperbacks, 2001
ISBN: 9780689846731
Branch Call Number: J/E LINDGRE
Characteristics: 55 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Preiss-Glasser, Robin


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debkd Jul 03, 2014

For those who remember the clothbound original 1963 edition with its wonderful illustrations by Ilona Wiklund, don't waste your time with this cheap paperback with illustrations that are entirely out of sync with the story, which takes place in a Swedish village. The text has been edited by a moron and new illustrations feature a little girl who looks Hispanic and very out of place, indeed, in Noisy Village. The original Lotta was a cute, cuddly, blonde child, as children tend to be in Scandinavia. She is now lost to us forever and I know exactly how it happened. I looked up the title on Amazon and saw that Library Journal had criticized the original edition for having illustrations in which the characters' facial features were "too similar to each other." Interpret: too white. I take offense at this tampering with a well-loved classic whose illustrations were an integral part of the whole work and wonder what other timeless tales the guardians of political correctness have in mind to destroy? Perhaps "A Christmas Carol" with illustrations of African characters in place of white Victorian Britons? Or will they be inserting Asian figures into King Arthur tales? It's time that people of British and European ancestry stand up for their respective cultures and demand the recognition and respect they deserve. Classics like Lotta should be left alone.


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