Monday, November 18, 2013

Italy: Publishing house drops Israel from children's book map

This story made headlines when the US based Scholastic republished the book in English.  In the book the entire area of Israel is labeled "Jordan".  Scholastic immediately stopped shipping the book and republished a correction.  But according to Scholastic, the error appeared in the original Italian book, and that did not lead to any headlines whatsoever.

Tablet Magazine reports:
As you have probably heard, Thea Stilton and the Blue Scarab Hunt, a title in the Geronimo Stilton series, published by Scholastic, includes a map that inadvertently omits Israel. Scholastic is immediately stopping shipment on this title, revising the map, and going back to reprint. We regret the omission which was in the original version of the book published in Italy and was translated by our company for English language distribution.

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