Dr. Rosenbach might have applauded the book-preserving move of keeping books away from children--he noted that kids' destructive tendencies led to the scarcity of historic children's books, since "a young child’s attitude toward a book is not unlike that of a cannibal toward a missionary." Bananas, however, are another matter. Here's what happens when you combine a rotting banana, a book, and a backpack.
|"Banana Book." Image by Enokson. Flickr.|
As for me, I remember borrowing Tomi Ungerer's The Three Robbers from the library when I was very young (pre-school). Something about the book terrified me and I kept insisting that we had to throw it in the garbage. My mother said we couldn't, since it was a library book and I think she eventually had to take it away and hide it so I wouldn't destroy it before we could return it.
So what's the worst thing you have done to a book?
Kathy Haas is the Associate Curator at The Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia and the primary poster at the Rosen-blog.