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HindustanTimes Sun,31 Aug 2014

World

Publishers undress for kids’ book on nudity
Noopur Tiwari, Hindustan Times
Paris, February 28, 2014
First Published: 00:24 IST(28/2/2014)
Last Updated: 00:36 IST(28/2/2014)

After a French children’s book which set out to remove stigma around nudity by featuring drawings of everyday people getting undressed drew the ire of France’s UMP party, a group of publishers and booksellers decided to register their displeasure – by posing naked.

The book called “Tous à poil” or “Everyone get naked” that tries to make nudity banal came under fire from France’s centre right leader Jean François Copé who wanted the book banned from reading lists for school children.

The book aims at shaking the taboo around bodies by showing people including a grandmother, a teacher, a CEO and even a policeman undressing completely before taking a dip in the sea. Copé was shocked that the book showed adults in positions of authority as naked.

Authors Claire Franek et Marc Daniau said they tried to tell kids that people come in different shapes, sizes and colours and it was their own children’s questions that inspired them to write the book. They thought it was better than letting children satisfy their curiousity on their own on the internet.


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