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Politically Correct Bedtime Stories [Englisch] [CD-ROM]

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1. April 1996
A collection of bedtime stories with a difference. What really happened when Jack climbed the beanstalk, when Cinderella went to the ball, and when the wolf tried to blow down the houses of the three little pigs?
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  • CD-ROM
  • Verlag: Prentice Hall & IBD (1. April 1996)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1575950014
  • ISBN-13: 978-1575950013
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14 x 12,2 x 1 cm
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James Finn Garner has taken 12 time-tested tales and retold them with the newfound sensitivity of our times. Here's a snippet from "Little Red Riding Hood":

The wolf said, "You know, my dear, it isn't safe for a little girl to walk through these woods alone."

Red Riding Hood said, "I find your sexist remark offensive in the extreme, but I will ignore it because of your traditional status as an outcast from society, the stress of which has caused you to develop your own, entirely valid, worldview. Now, if you'll excuse me, I must be on my way."

Leap into a fairy-tale world where trolls are "dirt-accomplished and odor-enhanced," witches are "kindness-impaired," and Cinderella wears a gown "woven of silk stolen from unsuspecting silkworms." We can only regret that Garner had to exclude "The Duckling That Was Judged on Its Personal Merits and Not on Its Physical Appearance" for space reasons. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.


"It's hilarious!"  —Bill Clinton, on previous edition

"Classic fairy tales updated for the twenty first century. . . . Filled with plenty of chuckleworthy humor for kids and adults." —www.MidwestBookReview.com
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Very good, very funny 27. Januar 2014
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Very amusing. Even for non-native English speakers (and readers). Very helpul: the vocabulary help that is integrated in my Kindle Paperwight.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Sehr amüsant 8. Juni 2013
Von R.Boesch
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Egal ob mensch Political Correctness schätzt oder nicht, dieses Buch ist sehr amüsant. Kritisch bis selbstironisch werden die bekanntesten Märchen neu erzählt. Kann ich nur empfehlen!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen SUPER witzig, schön zu lesen! 10. Dezember 2012
Von Eiskaffee
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Für Oberstufenschüler bzw. Erwachsene mit mind. guten Englischkenntnissen und Sinn für einen sehr trockenen Humor sehr gut geeignet. Die Märchen sind "politisch korrekt" umgeschrieben und können aufgrund ihrer Kürze schnell einzeln gelesen werden.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen SEHR WITZIG! 6. Dezember 2001
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Die Geschichten sind aufjedenfall amüsant! Der Herr Garner, schreibt die Märchen nicht nur auf politisch korrekter weise, sonder ändern teils der schluss. Das heißt, die Geschichten enden, wie sie warscheinlich in wirklichkeit geendet wären! Aufjedenfall ein MUß für den modernen Menschen!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen CHANGING TIMES. A BIT SAD AND A BIT SCARY. 14. Februar 2008
Von D. Blankenship - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I had the pleasure of reading this one when it was first published in 1994 (now keep in mind, that was not that long ago...this is important). At the time I found the book to be hilarious. The author has taken a collection of some of our favorite bedtime stories, fairy tales, if you will, and rewritten them to make them "politically correct." Some of the stories the author has modified are Little Red Riding Hood, Chicken Little, Rumpelstiltskin, The Billy Goat Gruffs, Cinderella, The Frog Prince and Jack and the Beanstalk. There are more, but this gives you some idea of the content.

I recently reread this work. My, what a difference. While I still enjoyed the stories, I found them to be not quite as funny as I did during my first reading. I also read quite a number of the reviews that are posted here addressing this work, many of which are quite good, several drew different conclusions, and some were written by the clueless. I thought and thought on this matter, wondering why I did not snicker the same as before, then I realized....I, and apparently many others, have become completely or partially desensitized! It is not the author's fault, it is our fault and the fault (if fault it indeed is) of our society! What was simply funny in 1994, the satire used at that time, simply does not work as well today as it did then because so much of what was satirized at that time, has now become reality. We are use to the words "logically challenged" rather than simply "stupid." We actually have become the thing that the author was satirizing! This, for me, makes this book extremely interesting!

The author has done a very nice job of lampooning our politically correct society. As pointed out by several reviewers, yes, the author is indeed trite at times. The thing is, that when this work was first published, what is considered trite now, was not at that time. If you doubt this, then listen closely to the evening news for a few nights running. Now I do agree with a number of reviewers in that these stories should not be read all in one setting. Spread them out. Reading them back to back can be a bit of a chore and they do loose their effect.

Be-that-as-it-may, the book is well written, fun to read, and I think, even more to day than it was when it was first written, a reflection on us as a society. Poking fun at ourselves is healthy, poking fun at the way we act as a society is healthy. On the other hand, taking this work, and most others of this genre too seriously is not really all that good. Recommend this one highly. It is well written, well done and well worth the read.

Don Blankenship
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Delightful! 27. November 2002
Von Andi Miller - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Politically Correct Bedtime Stories is a hilarious romp through some of your favorite fairytales as you've never seen them before. In a world where it's becoming increasingly important to maintain a high level of political correctness, sometimes it's fun to sit back and laugh at the whole thing. Let's face it...who's never heard a phrase so politically correct that you had no idea what the person was talking about? Garner manages to maximize his PC'ness to an outlandish degree and still maintain the level of understanding and hilarity. After reading this book you will never think of Cinderella, The Three Little Pigs, Rapunzel, and a host of others quite the same way again. I'm off to order the other two books in the series, because this one is such a delightful little gem.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Satire at its best 11. April 2004
Von Charles Ashbacher - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This book is satire at its best. Garner takes thirteen classic tales for children and rewrites them using the most politically correct language possible. Jack of Jack and the Beanstalk sells his cow for beans, falling for the sales pitch: " By selling the cow, you perpetuate the cultural mythos of beef, ignoring the negative impact on our ecology and the health and social problems that arise from meat consumption." This trade finally convinces his mother that he is differently abled rather than a conceptual thinker and she goes off to join a support group.
Dialog like this had me laughing throughout the book. The pied piper now clears a trailer park by playing country music so that new development can take place. Cinderella is now admonished by her fairy godperson to avoid wearing garments that bind her into the male concept of beauty and the three billy goats are now codependent.
If you are like me and find politically correct language annoying, then read this and for a short time laugh about how it sounds when it is used to build stories.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Politically Correct Bedtime Stories 8. Februar 2006
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Politically Correct Bedtime Stories

This book is great! Two thumbs up and a pat on the back to James Finn Garner. He adapted the original bedtime story classics to become "politically correct" and created a one of a kind read. Garner is straining to be non-insulting to any group imaginable. Snow White becomes "melanin challenged", Chicken Little becomes "cranially under enhanced" and (my personal favorite), The Three Bears Family becomes an "anthropomorphic nuclear family".

It was a good read for me because it was funny (in a highly satirical way) and in a way is mocking some of the worlds political leaders. Sometimes they themselves struggle to be politically correct and not insulting to all groups of people, they end up sounding ridiculous! For example; the government Ireland banned the word "brainstorm" due to the fact it might offend people with cranial disabilities. People that might like this book are people who enjoy political satire, or just need a break from other genres. I found that reading humor often clears your mind.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Let's Turn Tradition On It's Ear :) 2. April 2007
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What would happen if Little Red Riding Hood became angry with the woodsman (oops! woodsperson) for trying to save her from the Big Bad Wolf? Can you imagine a scenario where Cinderella actually ended up getting along with her sisters-of-step? How would The Three Bears handle Goldilocks being a rogue environmental scientist? In Politically Correct Bedtime Stories: Modern Tales for Our Life & Times, you can find the answer to these questions and more. This book takes these and other classic fairy tales from our childhood, strips them of offensive (to some people) language, replaces said language with more neutral word choices, for a brand new take on classic stories. Sounds boring? Hardly. You will laugh hysterically and these stories just might make you think of life in a different way.

I had been given this book as a Christmas gift when it first came out but somehow I had lost it, after a time. In rereading it, I laughed as much as I had before. Even though I still love the original fairy tales, it is amazing how sexist some of them actually are, when you think about it. Along with the humor, there are also strong themes of self-reliance, self-esteem, and empowerment in many of these stories.
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