- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Scholastic, the world’s largest publisher of children’s books, has apologized for a popular new book that omits Israel on a map of the Middle East.

“Thea Stilton and the Blue Scarab Hunt,” which tells the story of a group of investigative journalists involved in a treasure hunt in Egypt, includes a map of Egypt and its neighboring countries — all except for Israel, The Times of Israelfirst reported.

“Scholastic is immediately stopping shipment on this title, revising the map, and going back to reprint. 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. Thank you for your patience and understanding in this matter,” Scholastic said in a statement Wednesday.