It is strange what can be read into seemingly innocent tales. A recent inquiry into the the themes of various pieces of classic children's literature - much like the 'backmasking'
controversy that gripped the United States like a golf club in the 1980s - has revealed several troubling subtexts and hidden messages behind the cute furry characters.
Dr. Seuss's classic book "How The Grinch Stole Christmas" is, apparently, a cunning and insidious piece of Communist, anti-consumerist propaganda. The touching story of "Babar", once thought to be about an orphaned elephant who gets a chance at the life of royalty is, in fact, an attempt to legitimate French colonization. On the other end of the spectrum, the adventures of Paddington Bear are a thinly veiled metaphor for the immigrant experience, rather than just cute little stories about a Peruvian bear in a stylish hat and overcoat.
It was this epidemic of gleeful ignorance on the part of parents as to the true meaning of the books they read to their impressionable little tax write-offs, that inspired the British National Party to unleash their most recent abomination on the world. A children's picture book titled "Bernard The White British Bear Who Was White, British and Great" to bring their message to a whole new generation.