Scholastic, the “world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books,” used a “lost in translation” excuse for leaving the entire nation of Israel off a map in one of its popular books.
“Thea Stilton and the Blue Scarab Hunt,” was “translated from Italian and published by Scholastic in 2012,” and tells the story about a group of little mouseling sisters on a treasure hunt in Egypt, the Times of Israel reported.
The book contained a detailed map of the Middle East, but is missing Israel – an “inadvertent” error Scholastic senior vice president for corporate communications Kyle Good claimed in a statement published on its blog Wednesday:
As you have probably heard, Thea Stilton and the Blue Scarab Hunt, a title in the Geronimo Stilton series, published by Scholastic, includes a map that inadvertently omits Israel. Scholastic is immediately stopping shipment on this title, revising the map, and going back to reprint. We regret the omission which was in the original version of the book published in Italy and was translated by our company for English language distribution.
Thank you for your patience and understanding in this matter.
However, several commenters responding to Scholastic’s apology weren’t buying the “inadvertent” excuse:
“Too bad you do not explain how this happened exactly. Catering to radical Muslim groups like CAIR would be a big mistake,” a comment by “Judi” said.
“I’m sorry, perhaps I misunderstood. Is Scholastic a publisher or merely a printer of books? Do you employ editors? Where do you recruit them – the PLO propaganda office?” a comment by “K. Manning” read in part.
“I too am upset about this. The excuse that it was “inadvertance,” [sic] doesn’t wash. Clearly, this went through many editorial checks and was not changed,” “Terry McQuade” wrote.
“How about lets lose Scholastic and go back to reading the Bible and the Book of Genesis (–or a competitor to Scholastic who doesnt bow to the left wing agenda). We dont like you playing games–especially with our children,” commenter “Ross” wrote in part.
“The only proper response is a total recall of all books that have already shipped,” “G Brafman” said, echoing what others believed would be the proper recourse by Scholastic.
H/T: Washington Times.