|The version I own|
|The version I saw at the book fair|
So I was excited to see the book at my school book fair. Yes, the cover looked a little different than the one I remembered, but I figured that was just marketing, tapping into the huge market for beginning readers.
Unfortunately, I failed to notice the little "adapted by" notation on the cover.
I opened it and skimmed it until I got to this spread:
Whereupon I was horrified. The tiger is not saggy because he "stays fit"? No, the tiger is not saggy because he is a tiger! Not only is the book now body-shaming elephants and implying they need to exercise and "stay fit," but the ending of the book remains unchanged, thereby making no sense! If elephants are supposed to be saggy, then they are not saggy because they do not "stay fit." Elephants do not need to go to the gym (although it conjure up a funny image in my mind of a class of elephants jazzercising! - perhaps there's another picture book, right there!).
Why, oh why, do publshers tamper with perfectly good books? Why?