While popular childrens book Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes is actually designed to encourage harmony amongst all races, a Watsonia parent is now accusing it of discrimination against people born with missing digits. The parent, Georgia Davidson, recently took to social media to complain about the premise of the book, telling friends that it “promotes exclusion against people born with either missing fingers or toes”.
Speaking exclusively to The Watsonia Bugle this week, Davidson said, “For a book that’s all about peace and bloody love it’s not showing much love to kids born without a full complement of fingers and toes. How would parents of a kid with only nine fingers explain the storyline to their little one?”
The book, which works on the premise of all humans being created equally to subtly suggest that ethnic tension is absurd, seems to have missed the valuable point raised by Davidson. Many of the comments left on her original post were from parents who had previously loved the book but now said they wouldn’t be able to see it in the same light ever again.