The Telegraph reports that it was meant to be an innocent tale, following the adventures of three youngsters Biff, Chip and Kipper Robinson.
But Oxford University Press has been forced to defend one of its children’s books, after speculation that its illustrations hinted at a sexual liaison taking place behind bushes.
The publisher has moved to reassure parents that its books are “created with the utmost thought and consideration”, adding that they take care to ensure that none of their books “cause harm or offence to any child”.
Earlier this week, Ed Brody posted illustrations from one of the book on Twitter, with the caption: “Somewhat dubious scenes spotted in the background of a friend’s [four-year-old’s] school book”.
The first picture has a group of three men in the background, talking to one another and standing close to some bushes.
In the second picture, the three men are nowhere to be seen and in their place is an elderly woman who is so shocked at what she has seen behind the bushes that her glasses and hat have sprung off her head.
OUP released a statement. The image of the startled grandma, it said, is taken from the title Pond Dipping. “There are pages missing in the original tweet, which takes the images from Pond Dipping out of context,” said the publisher.
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