My grandmother gave me a stack of books for the girls that she had when I was their age.
It's pretty awesome to read them to the chirruns and reminisce about my grandmother reading them to me.
And also entertaining to compare the times.
This would never fly these days. If this was published now, you'd have PETA, DFACS, English teachers across America, the police, and a psychiatrist all demanding that it be removed.
In fact, if it was written today, it'd go something like this:
Tom, the Piper's son,
rescued a pig from becoming bacon.
He went home to eat tofu-bacon,
his Daddies sent him to time out to think about his actions,
and Tom was a good little boy who told his psychiatrist all about it in therapy.
yeah. these times are scary y'al.