School board member wants ‘graphic’ Kermit the Frog book banned

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NEW YORK – When you think of Kermit the Frog,  you may think of his awesome banjo playing skills.  Or his constant fights with Miss Piggy.

But Kermie-- too graphic??

That's one accusation by a school board teacher in Wisconsin.

Kermit narrates the book "For Every Child A Better World," which was written by Jim Henson and published with the United Nations, highlighting poverty.

Teachers in Marshfield, Wisconsin had planned to read the book aloud in class as part of a segment aimed at helping Kindergarten students learn rules and how to be good citizens.

But School Board member Mary Carney objected, calling the book "too graphic" for the age group and asked for it to be banned.

She told the Marshfield News Herald:

"Unfortunately in this world there is a lot of war and strife and poverty; I understand that. I just don’t know how appropriate that is to be teaching that to 5-year-olds."

She also says the book contains images of suffering children living in poverty and violence, including one illustration that shows a child living in a box in the rain.

The School Board will ultimately have the final say; it could remove the book from the kindergarten curriculum, keep the book or consider changes to the review process for how reading materials are selected.