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Scholastic pulls book over slavery backlash

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(CNN) --- The publisher of a controversial children's book about George Washington and his slaves is pulling the book from distribution.

Scholastic says it will no longer distribute the picture book-- "A Birthday Cake for George Washington."
It features Hercules-- a slave-- wearing a huge smile as he bakes the president a birthday cake.
The blurb says Hercules "takes great pride" in the task.
Critics say the book sugarcoats the tragedy of slavery.
Scholastic admitted the picture book does not include enough historical context and could give a false impression about slavery.
Scholastic says it will accept all returns on the book.

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