A North Carolina couple is outraged by a book their first-grade daughter brought home from the school library in which a prince finds his true love – in the form of another prince.
The leading character in “King & King,” Prince Bertie, waves off a bevy of eligible princesses before falling for Prince Lee, Associated Press reported. The book ends with the two “marrying” and sharing a kiss.
“I was flabbergasted,” Michael Hartsell of Wilmington, N.C., told the news service. “My child is not old enough to understand something like that, especially when it is not in our beliefs.”
AP reports the 32-page book by Linda De Haan and Stern Nijland was published in March 2002 by Tricycle Press, the children’s division of Ten Speed Press of Berkeley, Calif. A follow-up, “King & King & Family,” was recently published. The publisher says the book is intended for readers age 6 and up.
The principal of Freeman Elementary School defended the book.
“What might be inappropriate for one family, in another family is a totally acceptable thing,” Principal Elizabeth Miars is quoted as saying.
Hartsell and his wife, Tonya, said they intend to file a written complaint with the committee that reviews library books for the district and are considering transferring their daughter.