We Shall Never Forget 9/11 Kids Coloring Book - Graphic Coloring Novel credit: coloringbook.com
Tampa, Florida- A coloring book that aims to teach children about the September 11th terrorist attacks is stirring up controversy around the world. While some argue the coloring book's images are too violent for children, others say it spreads negative anti-Muslim stereotypes.
Photo Gallery: Pictures from the coloring book
Publisher Wayne Bell says the coloring book has PG (Parental Guidance) printed on the front cover and is intended as a teaching tool for parents and is intended more for older children.
"This is a classic coloring novel that parents can use to teach their children about a very sad day, a very dark day in our history," said Bell during an interview over Skype from his office in Missouri. "People wanted a clean clear honest read... something that is black and white. They did not want us to candy coat the truth."
The pages include images of the burning World Trade Center, the plane crash at the Pentagon, and perhaps most controversial, an image of Osama Bin Laden crouched behind his wife just before he's killed.
"It doesn't even show the bullet hitting him. It's not graphic at all. It's just a Navy SEAL getting ready to shoot him. That page actually provides a little bit of closure for parents," says Bell.
We showed the coloring book to educators and parents at a South Tampa after school program near MacDill Air Force Base. Most say they would not allow younger kids to color in the book, but agreed it might be more appropriate for older kids.
The publisher says after selling out, new copies of the coloring book are being printed this week. They are available for purchase at www.Coloringbook.com
Beau Zimmer, 10 News