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primary school reading book HELP!

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blondehelen Mon 08-Sep-08 20:22:31

dd (9) has gone into her first mixed year. She is in a blended year 5/6. Second day in class today. We are reading her school book tonight and she has read me 2 pages during which I have had to explain the meaning of drink driving and shoplifting and I stopped her reading when she asked me to explain abortion.

The book is called Alice in Lace.


Is my dd sheltered/naive?
Should I continue to explain things to her
or should I send the book back and mention to the school that I don't think it is appropriate.

The book is on a sort of recyclable loan to a library service. Do teachers have choose the books that are available to their class?


AvenaLife Mon 08-Sep-08 20:24:06

shock I'd send it back and say that it is inapropriate for young children.

SoupDragon Mon 08-Sep-08 20:24:14

I think that's inappropriate for a 9yo.

LongDroopyBoobyLady Mon 08-Sep-08 20:24:18

I'd be very uncomfortable with my dd reading this at 9. Would pop into school and mention it if it were me.

blondehelen Mon 08-Sep-08 20:24:27

Meant to read.

Do teachers choose the books available to their class?


SmugColditz Mon 08-Sep-08 20:26:53

I wouldn't allow a nine year old to read tyhis, and bear in mind I was reading H P Lovecraft at 12. It's not at all appropriate.

Dozymare Mon 08-Sep-08 20:28:44

shock totally inappropraite IMO. definately mention it to the school.....

islandofsodor Mon 08-Sep-08 20:28:47

It's about a 13 year old girl doing an equivaklent of PHSE class isn;t it.

Entirely inapproriate for a 9 year old. Probably very thought provoking for a 13 year old.

islandofsodor Mon 08-Sep-08 20:30:44

Reviews say it is suitable for Grade 6-8 which I think in the US is about Year 7-9

blondehelen Mon 08-Sep-08 20:48:45

Thanks for the responses.

Yes, it is about a 13 year old who is doing a PHSE class. It may be appropriate later in the year for those children in her class who are yr 6 and therefore be 11 and sometime soon and need to be more worldly going to secondary school

dd does not want me to mention to her teacher as she has it into her head that her teacher chose the books that are in the classroom and he will get into trouble.(she likes him and he is new to the school!) Hence the question about teacher input into books in class.

I will mention anyway, as I wouldn't want another 9yo to take it home

blondehelen Mon 08-Sep-08 21:03:16

Blimey its busy on here tonight. I keep falling of the end!!
Shameless bump for my last question blush

Marina Mon 08-Sep-08 21:10:43

I don't know the answer to your question Helen but tbh I suspect that with everything else they have to do too, the teachers may not select each book from the schools' library service individually, but rely on an age-banded selection policy as determined by the SLS. So, actually, I would ask nicely if the school was going to double-check what happens at that end. Maybe they are not aware that the book sets are going into a blended year group.

cat64 Mon 08-Sep-08 21:27:40

Message withdrawn

pudding25 Tue 09-Sep-08 09:00:22

Hi, I am a teacher. (on maternity leave in case you are wondering why I am on the Internet at the moment!) Like cat64 says, tell the teacher. It has probably sliped through as there is just not the time to read all the books sent by the library services. The teacher will probably be really embarrassed!

twentypence Tue 09-Sep-08 09:06:32

Ds has a reading age of around 8 and I get sent some stuff that I'd rather he didn't read - but it seems I have worse to come!

neverforget Tue 09-Sep-08 10:21:42

there was me worrying the other day because dds book was about ghosts and dead people lol.

Tell the teacher, she wont know about it and it will prevent someone elses child getting it as well, way too young IMO for the topic of abortion.

Romy7 Tue 09-Sep-08 10:28:13

i've spoken to teachers before about age-inappropriate content - usually they blush furiously and apologise profusely. they don't have time to read all the books and have to trust that whatever is sent is appropriate - believe me they are very grateful for parents spotting this stuff, if a little embarassed!

neverforget - we had a ghosts and dead people book in pre-school... right at that 'i'm learning to how to have a proper nightmare' stage...

neverforget Tue 09-Sep-08 15:55:00

oh no Romy at least dd is in year one,

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