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My body belongs to me
2007
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Speaking to children on their own terms, this critically acclaimed book sensitively establishes boundaries for youngsters. In a non-threatening, engaging manner, this guide teaches kids that when it comes to their body, there are some parts that are for no one else to see and empowers them to tell a parent or teacher if someone touches them inappropriately. Telling the story of a gender-neutral child who is inappropriately touched by an uncle's friend, this tale delivers a powerful moral when the youngster reveals the offender and the parents praise the child's bravery. Most importantly, this narrative assures young ones that sexual molestation is not their fault, and by speaking out, the child will continue to grow big and strong. A Suggestions for the Storyteller section is also included to assist in facilitating a comfortable discussion afterwards, thereby helping to prevent the unthinkable from happening to any child. With inspirational rhyming and beautiful illustrations, this is a compelling and uplifting message of what is right and wrong.
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PreS-Gr 2-Presented in story format and narrated by a young child in rhyming couplets, this short book encourages children who have been sexually abused to talk to someone they trust. Written by a prosecutor of sex offenders, it is intended to begin a discussion on a topic that may be uncomfortable for parents but is vital for children since many of them do not know whether or how to tell someone when they are touched inappropriately. Youngsters are reassured that they are not to blame when this happens. Average-quality watercolor and colored-pencil illustrations on solid white backgrounds face a page of large-print text. "Suggestions for the Storyteller" gives advice to parents on how to broach this subject, while two pages of "Where to Find Help" give related phone numbers and Web addresses. In only 19 sentences, this simple book will empower children while promoting open communication.-Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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