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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - A Utah company is in hot water after several of its books were pulled from the shelves of a Minneapolis school district.

Reading Horizons created 54 books for the Minneapolis Public School District that are geared toward students in kindergarten through the second grade.

Before the books even reached the classroom, they were pulled from the shelves.

When teachers opened the books during a training session in August, they found the content offensive and many promoted stereotypes.

"Nieko the Hunting Girl" portrays an image of a Native American girl, while a book about Kenya describes its people as "fast runners."

Another book that focuses on a young black girl is titled, 'Lazy Lucy.'

"It is not acceptable that in 2015 reading materials for children would contain language and imagery that perpetuate stereotypes that are hurtful and insulting," Michael Goar, the interim superintendent for Minnesota Public Schools, said in a statement to KSTU.

Reading Horizons says they are working with the district to revamp the books.

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