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Hands Are Not for Hitting (Board Book) (Best Behavior Series) Board book – February 15, 2002

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PreS-Gr 1-This title offers youngsters an alternative to hitting and other forms of hurtful behavior, guiding them to a more peaceful and positive outcome in their dealings with other children. The refrain that "hands are not for hitting" is accompanied by numerous better uses for them, such as waving, helping, drawing, and making music. While the text is didactic and too redundant to be read aloud cover to cover, the book provides an important point of departure for discussing constructive ways of coping with and resolving strong feelings such as anger, jealousy, and fear. Friendly, colorful illustrations portray children engaged in various positive activities. An extensive list of supportive ideas for grown-ups interested in promoting nonviolence is included.-Teri Markson, Stephen S. Wise Temple Elementary School, Los Angeles

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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“Imagine raising your kids without the help of Goodnight Moon or Is Your Mama a Llama? or Hands Are Not for Hitting.”—Jennifer Garner, actress, Save the Children ambassador



"We love this series because they are a fun way to explain basic do's and don'ts' to your child and repetition from hearing the same book over and over gives you a better chance that it will actually sink in." –Baby Let's Shop blog



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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 3 years
  • Series: Best Behavior Series
  • Board book: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing (February 15, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157542200X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1575422008
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (327 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By M. Michener on March 22, 2002
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I bought this book, and "The Way I Feel" in response to my almost 2 year old going through a hitting phase. I could not be more pleased with how this book (and the other) addresses the issue and proposes solutions for dealing with anger and frustration. My son LOVES acting out the things that hands can be used for. He sits through the whole book and often wants to read it again. He quotes catchy phrases that he remembers from the book. It is so interactive! I really think that it has made a difference in my son's behavior over the period of 3 weeks.
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83 of 89 people found the following review helpful By Gina on March 15, 2007
Format: Board book
I bought the board book before reading the actual book (hardcover or paperback) and was AMAZED by how much was left out. The board book is extremely watered down and simplified in order to fit in a board format. I usually don't mind this, but by the time my child was old enough to understand the message, he really needed the more than the board book offered. For example, the paperback takes pages to explain why hitting is not nice- it hurts people- and why people hit- they feel sad, or angry or jealous or scared. The board book does not. I think the reviewer who said that this book doesn't address WHY hitting is wrong, may have read the board book too. The full version offered here has several pages to answer that.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Kate3 on November 15, 2011
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I was having problems with my 20-month old son hitting recently. At the suggestion of a friend, I ordered this book. I was pretty skeptical because time outs and other behavior modification wasn't working. We read it every night at bed time, and we have seen a drastic improvement.... after about three nights of reading the book, the hitting stopped. My son has very limited words (Elmo, mama, dada), but he clearly understands whats happening as we read the story, he waves his hands and says "yes" when I ask him if he likes to draw and play with his hands. Even if your child isn't talking, there is a good chance that they will understand this book, I highly recommend it!
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36 of 42 people found the following review helpful By ChristineMM TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 31, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book is in the category of picture books that gets read to children to teach a lesson (rather than being a simple story picture book). The title says it all but the back cover also gives a great summary (which you can view right here on Amazon). The pages are covered with ideas for what hands are to be used for (playing, working together) and then each page has numerous illustrating examples (building snowpeople, sandcastle, block tower, etc.). Over and over we hear that hands are not for hitting but they are for doing many positive things.
I am a homeschooling parent of a four-year-old who at times hits others. Our biggest problem though is bullying being done to him by others. I bought this to read to him as a reminder because for a while he was learning more from imitating his peers (hitting back) than listening to what his father and I were verbally teaching him. I figured having this book around the house could not hurt. My son likes to browse it himself and look at the pictures and I read it aloud from time to time. I don't read it a lot because since he rarely hits it is a little annoying to keep telling him something he already knows. However, this is published by a publisher focusing on books for teachers and schools. I think the best way this book could be used would be to read it aloud to groups of children because there is bound to be a child in attendance who may need a reminder. This would also be a great book for public libraries to have in their collection for parents to borrow.
The illustrations are cute and brightly colored. At the back of the book is a note to grown-ups about teaching non-violence to children. There are approximately 4 pages that list out additional activities and discussion questions to go along with each page of the book. There is also a listing of books that expand on various subjects touched on throughout this book. I can't think of any way that I'd improve upon it. Overall a great book on this important subject!
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on September 19, 2000
Format: Paperback
Hands Are Not For Hitting is a gentle, encouraging book for beginning readers that shows all the good things hands can do from playing, sharing, clapping, and counting, to helping, building, being kind, and staying safe. Kids will learn alternatives to hitting -- such as drawing pictures, jumping up and down, talking about feels, and simply walking away. Highly recommended, Hands Are Not For Hitting is an ideal "read aloud" book for parents and care givers, there is a special section devoted to ideas for things to talk about and activities grownups and kids can do together.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By J. Arena TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 22, 2009
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I purchased two copies of Hands Are Not for Hitting for toddler cousins in our family who have discovered that they can become the center of attention when they start hitting people -- not to mention each other when the mommies get them together! In essence, this entire Best Behavior Series is absolute perfection. The books say just enough on the subject matter to get through to a child, but gives some fun-to-repeat lessons that can be easily memorized.

If your toddler has started to hit (as they all do) you really should buy this book. For a few dollars, you can end the trouble before it become an awful habit.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By haikuvulcan on July 9, 2014
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If you work with children, or have children of your own, this book is a positive way to approach hitting behaviors. The book is visually interesting, the art is familiar and inclusive. Importantly, the book uses the same language used in therapy sessions to set limits with children, by first conveying the limit clearly but without shaming, "Hands are not for hitting,"and then by describing the purpose of our hands.
There is a lovely discussion for parents in the back of the book with ideas for addressing hitting. Remember that this is the board book, if your child is older, you may want the original book it may also be important to note that if your child has developmental delays, such as an autism spectrum disorder or other difficulty, it will take time to learn. There is more impulsiveness and a more direct or immediate frustration that can lead to hitting. Firm but gentle and consistent reminders will help your child move through this phase. I'm always recommending this book to parents and would recommend it to you as well!
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