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NARRATOR: Next week, Miss Mary Teacher begin to teach all about Abroad. Ivan stood up and spoke: ” Miss Mary Teacher, if we keep teaching that about that dangerous place, students will think that it’s okay to go!” But Miss Teacher scoffed. “All learning is precious, Little Ivan.” But Ivan knew it wasn’t.

NARRATOR: Sure enough, Little Ivan heard Missy Rose and Sarah F talking about sneaking of to Abroad to explore. ” NO no no!” Ivan cried “Abroad is too dangerous! If you go, you’ll be tainted!” Missy rose only laughed. “Ivan that’s just a fairy tale!” But Ivan knew it wasn’t.

NARRATOR: But then, Ivan’s worst fears came true: a horrible monster came to town, twisted with a taint! Ivan knew what he had to do! he flung out his little claw and shouted “Back to Abroad, foul monster! You won’t taint this town!” Hissing, the monster had to run away!

NARRATOR: Councilman Madison gave Ivan a medal for saving the town from the monster from Abroad! “Little Ivan, what can we do to reward you?” asked Councilman Madison.

NARRATOR: Ivan answered: “We must make sure that no one should ever talk about, teach about, or go Abroad ever again! It’s too dangerous!” And so, with Little Ivan’s help Councilman Madison wrote the Edicts of Temperance. Thanks to LIttle Ivan, Sunset Acres was saved from the taint of Abroad forever. The End.

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Kubulai
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Kubulai

Looks like Papa Garrett went Abroad, became a zombie, and Ivan literally does not recognize him. I’m almost afraid to see poor Tamberlane’s face now.

Kubulai
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Kubulai

I can see where the story might go from here. If it’s ever proven that Tamberlane is from Abroad, then half of Treehollow will see her as tainted and want her out, while the other half will say “Hold on, we’ve known her all this time as she’s not dangerous at all”. And it will lead to vicious fighting over how to proceed.

James Hanvey
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James Hanvey

Can’t believe I hate this book Tamerlane’s being read so much. It’s subject matter borders on disgusting willful ignorance, and political spin. Tamberlane, don’t let what this story says prevent you from exploring the world. The town you live in doesn’t deserve you.

Mica
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Mica

As a preschool teacher, this book segment is written pretty true to the format of children’s picture books, which is super neat and evocative as heck. A true book in that genre would probably have a few more repetitions, or perhaps a two-part repetition of the “argument against the thing” and “But Ivan knew” refrain, but honestly this is a comic, and y’all ain’t paid to do three more pages of that stuff. Books like this are very common in young children’s literature in part because the repetition of them is a strong tool for promoting early literacy skills, and… Read more »

Tjimmy1999
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Tjimmy1999

Well it didn’t tell us what Abroad was, but at least we know why it isn’t being taught. Meaning that absolutely no progress was made after going to a library.

zophah
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zophah

When someone lives to get older, they get grey and wrinkly. That ‘monster’ is actually his father returning healthy and living longer than he ever could.

John
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John

Wow…. Unless there is an actual issue with going abroad, this is literally fear and ignorance. Are they so blind that they would literally destroy peoples lives to protect this horrible lie???

Foxidley
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Foxidley

Sounds a lot like this xenophobia is getting progressively worse over the course of generations.

Badr Bally
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Badr Bally

A kids tale that teaches that you shouldn’t go beyond your home to gain knowledge even if that might learn something to help society?

Imagine if this was a Doctor Who episode from the classic era.

sansanik
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sansanik

Back to USSR?

Frost
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Frost

Dont tell me everyone is afraid of abroad because of a children’s book and that’s what those unexplained edict were based off of. If this is the case then no one would ever get a straight answer and that whole taint could have just been a misunderstanding from some other virus

Maryalee
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Maryalee

The “Horrible Monster” resembles a human radiation mutant; or, more likely, just a human. That which we have never experienced is always a monster, nee? I’m getting vibes back to the story of the original rebellion, and those “driven out.” Of course this is horrible paranoid propaganda. That’s what people do when confronted with the unknown, the uncomfortable, or that which upsets their comfortable understanding of their world. These folk are more like humans than they imagine.

Dibullba
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Dibullba

While the book is indeed pretty simple in what it is trying to convey. That being “Abroad is bad, you need not know anything else”. Even though it doesn’t explain exactly what is bad about it, some theories could be made from what is presented. I am curious if this “taint” could be a means of them going feral. If by chance that is something that happened with a feral anthropomorphic being coming to Treehollow. Without looking into the actual cause of that would be results in associative disposition.

bcb
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Yikes, that’s an awful lesson to teach children.

Unfortunately, Belfrey’s first reaction when Tamberlane asked if she was from Abroad was a denial, so Tamberlane is going to wonder if Belfrey believes in the anti-Abroad message at some level, even if Bel says otherwise in the next page.

jprime
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jprime

Now I’m leaning more towards incompetence than corruption. If the people of Treehollow know they they can go to Abroad to get the help they need, who needs the council?

GreenTeens
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GreenTeens

Propaganda at its finest.

Nus
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Nus

You might as well tell her The Ugly Barnacle story. I think she’d get more from that than this propaganda tripe!

Data_Prowler
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Data_Prowler

Geez, at least the Ancient Egyptians religiously believed that foreigners ought to be subjugated, rather than expelled.

Gnfs
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Gnfs

wow, that is horrifying.

Scia
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Scia

Why does this feel so true to live? -.-;;

Yeshu
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Yeshu

Don’t question the state! Preserve the Status Quo! Ignorance is wisdom! Violence is Peace!

Dogman15
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Small typo in panel 4: “What” shouldn’t be capitalized.

Pixel
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Pixel

This smells suspiciously like propaganda…

Gaboris
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Gaboris

I was away for a while so I missed a good few pages, but it was SO nice to read these in one go… Except for this last part. This was outright hard to finish.
I mean this in a good way. Brilliant propaganda story right there. Can’t wait to see how this goes on. XD

Xaos
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Xaos

Wait! The rule also bans anyone from going to Abroad? But back in the classroom, Jentzen said that Callie’s parents were BANISHED to abroad! That is the strangest thing. Leaving their child behind to go to, escaping from, and being BANISHED to Abroad? I’d think that its an exotic location that uses some kind of technology or philosophy that the outside world finds abhorent to the point of heresy, but then its being treated as a prison that they send people to. EXCEPT Banishing people to Abroad would defy Little Ivan’s “Edicts of Temperance” because it would result in people… Read more »