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My body belongs to me : from my head to my toes
2014
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As a child, there are constantly people trying to pick you up, hug you, or tickle you. Sometimes, though, children fall victims to people who try to touch them inappropriately. But how do you tell someone, most likely an adult, that you don't want to be touched? Or, if it has already happened, how do you tell an adult you trust about what happened? You're only a child, and they're the adults. Why would they believe you?

My Body Belongs to Me from My Head to My Toes is an educational tool to help instill confidence in children when it comes to their bodies. The narrative of the story is led by a girl named Clara, who encourages kids to say "no" if they are uncomfortable with physical contact. The narrator gives readers tips about what they can say or do to avoid unwanted physical contact, or how to tell the right people in the event it has already occurred. My Body Belongs to Me from My Head to My Toes is an invaluable resource that gives children a voice in uncomfortable situations.
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K-Gr 3-Clara is growing up, and she is proud of who she is becoming. She is happy and healthy and enjoys spending time with family and friends. There are times that she likes to be touched-tickling with friends, hugging Papa, or snuggling on Granny's lap. However, there are other times when she does not want to be touched, and Clara is confident in her ability to say no. Created by a German organization that provides information on sexuality, relationships, and family planning, this informational picture book is intended to empower children to develop a positive self-image. Readers are also encouraged to speak up when they are uncomfortable with the behaviors of others. Written with a clear, specific text, and illustrated with full-page, colorful paintings, it gives children the "good touch, bad touch" message in a safe and comforting manner. The beginning contains a message for adults from the International Center for Assault Prevention, recommending the book as a teaching tool for self-awareness and empowerment. Resources for adults are listed at the end of the book. An effective instrument for general nonfiction or picture-book shelves.-Amy Shepherd, St. Anne's Episcopal School, Middleton, DE (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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