This post on censoring children’s books is just plain interesting. I grew up never knowing about the prejudices and racial ideology of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Dr. Doolittle. I’m not sure where I stand, though perhaps this issue is too complex to be divided into two distinct sides. I don’t think that I’m any worse off thinking that Oompa-Loompas were from Loompaland. I don’t think I would promote either of those books in their original form to children. But I would hate to lose the works’ original forms.