A customer of the Toronto Public Library thinks the Dr. Seuss book Hop on Pop should be removed from the library’s collection because it encourages children to use violence against their fathers.
One morning when I was 12, I was munching on cereal and flipping through the newspaper in search of the comics.
I couldn’t get past the front-page story. It was about a young boy in Pakistan, a child labourer named Iqbal Masih.
When he was just four years old, Iqbal went to work in a cramped, dusty room for 12 hours a day, six days a week, weaving carpets in a factory.
Iqbal was 12. I was 12.
I knew I had to do something for him. But what?
I hadn’t been looking to make a big difference in the world. I was looking for Calvin and Hobbes!
Still, I tore out Iqbal’s story and brought it to school.