This is from Dr. Seuss' book, One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. Seth and I were just reading it again, but it's a book I've had since Riley was a baby. When we got to this page, he made a comment about the big red fish treating the other two badly, hitting at them. Riley and Maya have both made similar comments in the past when I've read this with them. It always makes me smile because *I* used to see the picture as depicting the two little fish being the ones who were "very, very bad" and getting in trouble with the big fish. I honestly never thought to see it as possibly meaning anything else until the first time Riley said something, years ago.
I wonder which way Theodor Geisel meant it?
Whatever he intended with this picture, I'm grateful that my kids know that big people hitting little people is not a good thing.