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A children's book, Thea Stilton and the Blue Scarab Hunt, has a map of the Middle East which omits Israel.

Scholastic Publishing Company is the largest children’s book publishing company in the world. It is based in the United States.  Among the books series it publishes are Harry Potter, the Magic School Bus and The Hunger Games.

Early Wednesday, Nov. 13, news stories began to appear that Scholastic published a book with a map of the Middle East that has no Israel on it.

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By early Wednesday afternoon, the folks at Scholastic had already issued an apology and publicized its plan of action. That’s quick action.  But is it enough?

The book which literally wiped Israel off the map, Thea Stilton and the Blue Scarab Hunt, is one in a series of many dozens.  The adventure stories, written by an Italian author, centers on a mouse, Geronimo Stilton and his relatives, one of whom is his sister, Thea.

The series is one of the most popular childrens book series in the world.

The Blue Scarab book is about an archeological excavation in Egypt. It was published in June, 2012, but the alarm about the missing nation was first raised Wednesday, Nov. 13, in an article in the Times of Israel.

Within hours an apology appeared on the Scholastic website:

Response on Thea Stilton and the Blue Scarab Hunt

Kyle Good November 13th, 2013

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 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.

Thank you for your patience and understanding in this matter.

To Scholastic’s credit, the link to the apology appears right on the website’s homepage. But the book remains easily available.  A Jewish Press reporter went to several online bookselling websites and could order the book without any problem or warning.  One can also see the nefarious map by clicking on some sites’ “Look Inside” feature.

The story seems to take place in modern times, as references are made to the ancient names for various places.  But for those who wonder whether the story takes place prior to the rebirth of the Jewish state, such recent countries as Jordan (came into existence in 1946), Saudi Arabia (1932), and Libya (1951), are clearly labeled.

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62 COMMENTS

  1. As my friend says the bell has been rung. I’m sick of peoples apology for offending my ethnic background 100% Jewish, Some , Many have died because of it. No thank you Scholastic as my ex husband a Catholic used to say don’t spit up in the air. I would not accept that apology at all.. It means to me wipe out Israel means wiping out her people if you wipe out the State what were they going to do with the people living there? Drive to the sea? My grand children will not read your scandal sheet.

  2. As my friend says the bell has been rung. I'm sick of peoples apology for offending my ethnic background 100% Jewish, Some , Many have died because of it. No thank you Scholastic as my ex husband a Catholic used to say don't spit up in the air. I would not accept that apology at all.. It means to me wipe out Israel means wiping out her people if you wipe out the State what were they going to do with the people living there? Drive to the sea? My grand children will not read your scandal sheet.

  3. I agree no more stupid book fairs after this…Explain how you did this ….to Elementary school Jewish kids////The handwriting for you is on the wall…NEVER AGAIN MEANS NEVER AGAIN>>>>Even try stupidity

  4. I agree no more stupid book fairs after this…Explain how you did this ….to Elementary school Jewish kids////The handwriting for you is on the wall…NEVER AGAIN MEANS NEVER AGAIN>>>>Even try stupidity

  5. I agree no more stupid book fairs after this…Explain how you did this ….to Elementary school Jewish kids////The handwriting for you is on the wall…NEVER AGAIN MEANS NEVER AGAIN>>>>Even try stupidity

  6. Charlie, Don’t need to be challenged. There’s a first time for everything. There is also no proof of your statement “There is no evidence that this is anything other than a simple mistake.” Leaving out a country is more than a “simple mistake.”

  7. Charlie, Don't need to be challenged. There's a first time for everything. There is also no proof of your statement "There is no evidence that this is anything other than a simple mistake." Leaving out a country is more than a "simple mistake."

  8. This is more than an oversight. It is monstrous, but it’s the tip of the iceberg. This is likely how it starts. A little here and a little there. That is the way Israel is betrayed by a sleeping generation.

  9. Okay a mistake! If no recall and correction to the publication so that they
    continue to sell it is a attack on the Sovereignty of Israel by the printer &
    Publisher! A new wave of deception is out today! I’m sorry is not followed
    by correcting the offense caused thus rendering the I am sorry as your
    not sorry! Sorry if this offends you! (not sorry) That is why depending on
    who is President in the White House determines school history books the
    details of such 237 years different books World facts yes & omissions .

  10. And of course the Arabic language version of the book will not be republished. This will be a collector’s item for the Muslims. The sad, lost soles who think they can diminish God’s chosen Israel.

  11. Okay a mistake! If no recall and correction to the publication so that they
    continue to sell it is a attack on the Sovereignty of Israel by the printer &
    Publisher! A new wave of deception is out today! I'm sorry is not followed
    by correcting the offense caused thus rendering the I am sorry as your
    not sorry! Sorry if this offends you! (not sorry) That is why depending on
    who is President in the White House determines school history books the
    details of such 237 years different books World facts yes & omissions .

  12. Scholastic apologizes profusely for the fact that some of you actually noticed our omission. Thank heavens you haven’t noticed yet that we have eliminated all Republican-controlled states from our maps of the United States.

  13. Scholastic apologizes profusely for the fact that some of you actually noticed our omission. Thank heavens you haven't noticed yet that we have eliminated all Republican-controlled states from our maps of the United States.

  14. And just as weird: the arrow that points to some stars on the Sinai Peninsula that states Israel should be here. NOT. Israel is north of that with only a sliver visible in that picture labeled Jordan. Who writes this stuff?

  15. And just as weird: the arrow that points to some stars on the Sinai Peninsula that states Israel should be here. NOT. Israel is north of that with only a sliver visible in that picture labeled Jordan. Who writes this stuff?

  16. Does anyone else but me think that Scholastic Publishing Co. is not telling the truth. They have sent our schools throughout the country history books omitting the country of Israel. Really?? This is not the first time important history has been omitted in new book publishing’s over the past years and no wonder our kids are not learning what we did. And they are saying we are sorry for the oversight. Oversight, they are paying people to review all their books before they go to publishing for omissions or misspellings. Why was not Egypt, Cairo or Iran omitted instead! Is it any wonder why Jews are still being hated today.

  17. I read not long ago that in some history books World War 2 was never mentioned so before my Dad passed my youngest son taped my Dad talking about the war and some things that happened.

  18. Does anyone else but me think that Scholastic Publishing Co. is not telling the truth. They have sent our schools throughout the country history books omitting the country of Israel. Really?? This is not the first time important history has been omitted in new book publishing's over the past years and no wonder our kids are not learning what we did. And they are saying we are sorry for the oversight. Oversight, they are paying people to review all their books before they go to publishing for omissions or misspellings. Why was not Egypt, Cairo or Iran omitted instead! Is it any wonder why Jews are still being hated today.

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