New York (AP) — The New York Public Library burned more than 1,000 copies of Frog and Toad books over the weekend because they “promote Nazi virtues like the triumph of the willpower,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.
The book-burning came mere days after President Trump’s white supremacist rhetoric encouraged black men and women to attack Jewish communities in the Big Apple.
“An atmosphere of hate has been developing in this country over the last few years,” said de Blasio. “A lot of it is emanating from Washington and it’s having an effect on all of us,” he said.
“Frog and Toad Together contains a seemingly innocuous story about cookies, but critical theory exposes it for the vile propaganda it is,” said de Blasio. “This can be demonstrated simply by replacing the the word ‘cookie’ with the word ‘propaganda.'”
The “Cookies” story was published in 1979. As a caution to our woke readers, we present it here as it must be interpreted today. Trigger warning: As you come to the last word, it is abundantly clear why Frog and Toad cannot be allowed to poison the minds of our schoolchildren.
Toad baked some propaganda. “These propaganda smell very good,” said Toad. He ate one. “And they taste even better,” he said. Toad ran to Frog’s house. “Frog, Frog,” cried Toad, “taste these propaganda that I have made.”
Frog ate one of the propaganda, “These are the best propaganda I have ever eaten!” said Frog.
Frog and Toad ate many propaganda, one after another. “You know, Toad,” said Frog, with his mouth full, “I think we should stop eating. We will soon be sick.”
“You are right,” said Toad. “Let us eat one last propaganda, and then we will stop.” Frog and Toad ate one last propaganda. There were many propaganda left in the bowl.
“Frog,” said Toad, “let us eat one very last propaganda, and then we will stop.” Frog and Toad ate one very last propaganda. “We must stop eating!” cried Toad as he ate another.
“Yes,” said Frog, reaching for a propaganda, “we need triumph of the willpower.”
“What is triumph of the willpower?” asked Toad.
“Triumph of the willpower is trying hard not to do something you really want to do,” said Frog.
“You mean like trying hard not to eat all these propaganda?” asked Toad.
“Right,” said Frog.
Frog put the propaganda in a box. “There,” he said. “Now we will not eat any more propaganda.”
“But we can open the box,” said Toad.
“That is true,” said Frog.
Frog tied some string around the box. “There,” he said. “Now we will not eat any more propaganda.”
“But we can cut the string and open the box.” said Toad.
That is true,” said Frog.
Frog got a ladder. He put the box up on a high shelf. “There,” said Frog. “Now we will not eat any more propaganda.”
“But we can climb the ladder and take the box down from the shelf and cut the string and open the box,” said Toad.
“That is true,” said Frog.
Frog climbed the ladder and took the box down from the shelf. He cut the string and opened the box.
Frog took the box outside. He shouted in a loud voice.
“Hey, birds, here are propaganda!” Birds came from everywhere. They picked up all the propaganda in their beaks and flew away.
“Now we have no more propaganda to eat,” said Toad sadly.
“Not even one.”
“Yes,” said Frog, “but we have lots and lots of triumph of the willpower.”
“You may keep it all, Frog,” said Toad. “I am going home now to bake a Jew.”