I left her a note (that I hope was gracious) that basically said: "NO! It is TOO SAD and I will cry and traumatize them!"
How could a story about a pampered china rabbit like Edward Tulane go wrong? SO MANY WAYS. When I told the kids I would not read it to them, one girl approached me privately and said, "I'm so glad, because the part is coming up where the girl starts coughing blood."
For GOODNESS' SAKE, isn't childhood hard enough without fictional sad toys and sick children?
Some books are just WAY TOO MUCH for my sensitive soul, and I'm not sure how anyone likes them, or learns something important from them.
Other books that I will not, under any circumstances, read to a class of children include:
* The Velveteen Rabbit
* A Day No Pigs Would Die
* Charlotte's Web
* Misty of Chicoteague
* Because of Winn-Dixie
* The Bridge to Terabithia
* In a nutshell: ANYTHING WITH ANIMAL OR TOY ABUSE
My own children have learned not to ask me to read certain stories, and Gigi in particular gets a kick out of requesting the last chapter of "Misty..." Because sometimes I THINK I can get through it without crying, and I'm always wrong.
So no, I'm not reading "The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane," and instead we moved on to a story with NO ANIMALS OR TOYS!