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Publisher defends graphic 9/11 colouring book

As the world prepares to mark the 10th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, a controversial children's colouring book entitled We Shall Never Forget 9/11: The Kids' Book of Freedom is drawing ire and a defence from the publisher, who argues it's just a learning tool.

The book includes images of the smouldering World Trade Center towers.

Another page depicts the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan, complete with a Navy SEAL firing on the al-Qaeda mastermind as he cowers behind his wife. The picture shows a bullet in mid-flight.

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Although the book is graphic, Really Big Coloring Books publisher Wayne Bell says the it's a factual learning tool, a "serious children's book," not idealogical propaganda.

"It's a clean, honest read," he told TPM. "It's not degrading or anything like that."

The executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations disagrees, arguing that it paints Muslims as extremists.

What do you think: Is this colouring book "outside the lines?" Would you allow your kid to fill in the pages?

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