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Scholastic Publishing Apologizes for Book Omitting Israel From ME Map

A children's book in one of the most popular children's book series in the world, the Geronimo Stilton series, literally wiped off Israel from the Middle East map.
A children's book, Thea Stilton and the Blue Scarab Hunt, has a map of the Middle East which omits Israel.

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.

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.

About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools.


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40 Responses to “Scholastic Publishing Apologizes for Book Omitting Israel From ME Map”

  1. Pearl Bryan says:

    hh anything to make Israel/JEws look bad… hh :(

  2. H Fragman Abramson says:

    Will they pull the book and reprint with corrections? And fire the editorial staff? Anything short of that is too little.

  3. Darlene Mike says:

    Yes after us parents stepped up, This is sick, what they did!

  4. Forbes Mel says:

    Scholastic sucks… i think home school is the way, most schools have become commie, pro-islam ‘Common Core’ creepy…

  5. Tarek Saba says:

    It’s palestine. Polish are from Poland

  6. Tarek Saba says:

    It’s palestine. Polish are from Poland

  7. They need to fix them ! They are the syupid dumb ones !

  8. Lennie Marx says:

    Shalom! A map is only a drawing G-d is the permanent designer of every location on earth! Peace be!

  9. I took my daughter out of public school when God provided the money to get her back into our churches school. There at least if they are required by law to use a book like this, the teachers will point out the omissions of this type.

  10. A slap in the face for us Jews! And that all now ok saying sorry! Ignorant stubid people! Shame on you! I am so disgusted!

  11. Margie Green says:

    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.

  12. Alan Kardon says:

    All schools should cancel service with this publication. Bet they will recall all misprinted books and replace with proper maps in them. Was it a mistake or planned is the question?

  13. Jo Ann Nivasabutr says:

    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

  14. Jo Ann Nivasabutr says:

    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

  15. Dafna Sherbow Zak says:

    Yes- no more school book fair for us!

  16. I will sue for US $ 1 Billion to the scholastic publishing company, the money will go to the poorest schools in the US.

  17. Jessica Obenschain says:

    Wow! : (

  18. Charlie Hall says:

    I bet no publisher recalls books with errors. They get corrected in the second printing. I challenge you to show me an example where every copy of a book was recalled because of an error.

  19. Charlie Hall says:

    Don't waste your time and money on the lawyers. There is no evidence that this is anything other than a simple mistake.

  20. Alan Kardon says:

    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."

  21. Judith Rogge says:

    We are having the fair in our school tomorrow.

  22. Jo Ann Nivasabutr says:

    Boycott

  23. 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.

  24. Shiri Dabush says:

    Are you working in a school?

  25. Eric Coddington says:

    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 .

  26. Tom Poe says:

    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.

  27. Judith Rogge says:

    Yes Shiri we need to meet. Lets meet during Thanksgiving.

  28. Ruth I. Thomas says:

    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?

  29. Mckee Familynz says:

    Charlie Hall Hello? have you heard of a copy editor????
    Before anything gets published it gets copy editored.
    Mistake, probably not likely.

  30. The Transformers 2 movie (2009) also excluded Israel from its geography. People were going directly from Jordan into Egypt.

  31. Who writes it? Probably Miss America contestants. ;)

  32. Natalie Grigas Teague says:

    Yes, let's omit Scholastic from our schools because they made a mistake? Seriously, they do more fund raising for the schools. What do you do for the schools?

  33. Natalie Grigas Teague says:

    Oh, and you don't want to be judgmental, do you?

  34. Hager Rebei says:

    pity for israel the land of prophets killers (sorry i mean palestine!! hhhh)

  35. Mike Miller says:

    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.

  36. 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.

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