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My body belongs to me : a book about body safety
2014
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Without being taught about body boundaries, a child may be too young to understand when abuse is happening - or that it's wrong. This straightforward, gentle book offers a tool parents, teachers and counselors can use to help children feel, be, and stay safe. The rhyming story and simple, friendly illustrations provide a way to sensitively share and discuss the topic, guiding young children to understand that their private parts belong to them alone. The overriding message of My Body Belongs To Me is that if someone touches your private parts, tell your mom, your dad, your teacher or another safe adult.

Well thought-out and clearly communicated . . . A useful resource. - Booklist

In only 19 sentences, this simple book will empower children while promoting open communication. - School Library
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PreS-Gr 2-This is the perfect book to help children be aware of abuse and know what do to if it happens to them. A young boy talks about his body and how it is private. One day his uncle's friend touches him inappropriately and, because his parents have taught him what to do, he tells them immediately and they reassure him that he did the right thing. The book also mentions teachers as trusted adults to whom a child can talk. The author concludes with suggestions for sharing this book with children and resources for adults. The bright and bold illustrations are soothing, complementing the rhyming text. A must-have for parents and others who work closely with children.-Martha Rico, El Paso ISD, TX (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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In this purposeful picture book, a brown-toned child (who could be either a boy or a girl) reflects on the theme stated in the title, as well as parental advice on what to do if someone touches one's private parts. When a family friend inappropriately touches the young narrator, the child immediately finds his or her parents and tells them what has happened. They reassure the child that he or she did nothing wrong, but, in fact, did just the right thing. Starishevsky offers a rhyming text to help parents open a discussion about inappropriate touching and how to handle such encounters. While the wording occasionally sounds forced to complete a rhyme, the book's message is well-thought-out and clearly communicated. Like the text, the serviceable digital illustrations make the book more broadly accessible by portraying a child whose racial and gender identity is unclear. An appended section suggests 12 practical tips for parents. A useful resource, previously self-published with different illustrations.--Phelan, Carolyn Copyright 2010 Booklist
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