Scholastic Inc. has apologized for publishing a map of the Middle East that omits Israel in a popular children’s series.
On Wednesday, just hours after news broke about the Israel omission in “Thea Stilton and the Blue Scarab Hunt,” Scholastic released a statement on its website saying that it was stopping shipment of the title immediately, revising the map and reprinting the book.
The book, part of Scholastic’s “Geronimo Stilton” series, was published originally in June 2012. It tells of a journalist mouse who travels to Egypt to participate in an archaeological excavation.
“We regret the omission, which was in the original version of the book published in Italy and was translated by our company for English language distribution,” the statement said.
As of Thursday night, several booksellers’ websites were still allowing the purchase of the book, new or used.