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Issue: "38,000,000 Children Killed," Jan. 16, 1999

Veggies rule!

I was thrilled to see my favorite vegetables on the cover of your magazine last week ("VeggieMania," Dec. 12). I first saw VeggieTales while living overseas, where a three-year-old missionary kid introduced me to Bob and Larry. They immediately had me charmed; I thought those videos were great. My mom and younger sister thought I was crazy. For some reason, I couldn't convince them that even though VeggieTales' target audience is supposed to be preschoolers, the show really can appeal to anyone. Since returning to America, I've been pleased to find that I'm not the only teenager "crazy" enough to appreciate VeggieTales. Here are some examples from our student ministry that testify to the show's popularity: VeggieTales is a favorite at get-togethers and sleepovers; a friend told me that she chose VeggieTales as the theme of her 18th birthday party; the VeggieTales theme song has been used as background music for our games along with songs from groups like the Newsboys and dc Talk. VeggieTales rules! - Lyndy Henrickson, Houston, Texas

No, they don't

I couldn't lob enough rotten tomatoes at your article on VeggieTales. In it you quote one of their staff as saying, "all VeggieTales videos start with one essential nugget of truth," and unfortunately, that is all the truth they contain. Consider the Daniel in the Lion's Den story. In it, Daniel's accusers do not become lion food in the end; they simply pack up and move to Egypt. These gross inaccuracies are inexcusable. Millions of pre-school children are getting their first taste of the Bible all wrong. Later, when they are told the true stories, the vivid images and songs of Larry and Bob will already have laid a faulty foundation. Jesus warned that a wolf in sheep's clothing would try to deceive us. This one comes packaged as a cute tomato. - Judy Hubbard, Navarre, Fla.

Get those Veggies out of here!

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We don't allow VeggieTales in our house. They are sacrilegious and they distort Bible stories beyond recognition. The video about lying shows 28 minutes of defiant and intentional lying, and 2 minutes of repentance at the end. What will children walk away with after that? When our church decided to do a VeggieTales Vacation Bible School last summer, which included daily VeggieTales videos and VeggieTales songs, many families, including us, protested and refused to participate. Our church finally had to cancel VBS altogether because of a lack of help. What happened to reading our children real Bible stories from the Bible? The multitude of gimmicks and garbage that sells in our Christian bookstores today is truly amazing. - Linda Dillon, Arlington, Wash.

Love them Veggies

I read with delight the article about VeggieTales. Our family has been Disney-free for several years, and VeggieTales has been a welcomed substitute. My husband and I often try to convince other Christian parents that our children don't "need" Disney, as many believe. We tell them the message of VeggieTales and Big Idea isn't politically correct, just full of the truth of Jesus and good, clean fun. We appreciate all that Big Idea has done to prove that Christians are as creative and funny, if not more, than the big secular animators. Thanks for your informative and fun-to-read article! - Lari Beckley, Deltona, Fla.

Hate them Veggies

I couldn't believe my eyes, a WORLD devoted to-of all things-vegetables! Have you lost your minds? What a waste of space! Now I've seen everything. Were you really that hard up you had to devote all of that space discussing vegetable animals? - Monroe Rupp, Roanoke, Va.

My Veggies

I really enjoyed your Dec. 12 issue. However, with the VeggieTales gracing the cover, it was days before I got to read it. Every time I picked it up, my 2-year-old girl screamed, "My book, Daddy, my book!" As always, it was great reading, I just had to move it to the late-night reading list instead of its usual first-thing-I-do-when-I-get-home status. Thanks again for a great magazine! - Lee Elder, Clarksville, Tenn.

Gender-bending ladybug

I appreciate your review of the movies, and I covet your evaluation from a biblical viewpoint, especially before I bring my children to a movie ("The Buzz," Dec. 12). One thing that you missed in A Bug's Life is how Disney slipped in (again) a transvestite character, the ladybug: Dressed like a "lady" and talking like a man, its gender is very vague. The worst line was, "We helped [the ladybug] get in touch with his feminine side." The ladybug agrees and smiles. - Jonathan Holmes, Phoenix, Ariz.

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