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Kidpower Safety Comics: An Introduction to "People Safety" for Younger Children Ages 3-10 and Their Adults Paperback – September 4, 2012

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About the Author

"This is a book I wish I had had for my kids when they were young!" says author Irene van der Zande. Irene has been featured as a child safety expert by USA Today, CNN, and The Wall Street Journal. She is also the author of "Bullying: What Adults Need to Know and Do to Keep Kids Safe"; of "The Kidpower Book for Caring Adults: Personal Safety, Self-Protection, Confidence, and Advocacy for Young People"; and of the "Kidpower Older Kids Safety Comics: An Introduction to "People Safety" for Older Children Ages 9-13 and Their Adults." In addition, Irene is the founder of Kidpower.org, a non-profit organization that has helped to protect over three million people of all ages and abilities from bullying, sexual abuse, abduction, and other violence since 1989 through providing workshops, consultation, and educational resources.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 05
  • Paperback: 44 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1479147206
  • ISBN-13: 978-1479147205
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #190,460 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In 1985, when her family was young, in a public place with people standing all around, Irene van der Zande protected a group of small children, including her own two, from a man who was threatening to kidnap them. She stopped him by yelling and by ordering a bystander to help. The kids were fine. What they saw was that Irene yelled, and the bad guy ran away - but Irene wasn't fine. She kept wondering, "What if he'd knocked me down?" "What other children did he go on to assault?" "How will my kids be able to protect themselves when they go out into the world on their own?"

She took a self-defense workshop to answer the first question. But she kept meeting people who would tell her stories that started with the words "If only.." "If ONLY, when my youth group leader dropped all the kids off except for me and started to touch me in a way that my parents had told me never to let someone touch me, if ONLY I had known how to stop him. If ONLY, I had known how to tell my parents what happened. My life would have been so much easier."

Prior to this experience, Irene's career had been as a community organizer who helped develop services for many nonprofits working with people of all ages facing difficult life challenges due to poverty, prejudice, and disabilities. She had also just written a book called "1,2, 3... The Toddler Years", which is used in early childhood education programs across the US and has been translated into Chinese and Dutch.

Irene's plan was to go on writing about child development, but, as she looked at the 15 girls in her Girl Scout troop, Irene thought about the rape crisis center statistic of 1 in 3 girls being sexually assaulted before they were 18 years old, and she thought to herself, "That's FIVE of them! Which five girls is it okay with me that this happens to?" The answer of course, was, "NONE of them!"

Realizing that she couldn't be with her kids all the time, Irene gathered educators, mental health professionals, law enforcement officials, martial artists, health care providers, and other parents to establish Kidpower in 1989. She has served as the executive director, primary author, and trainer for the organization ever since. She has directly taught thousands of children, teens, and adults all over the world to take charge of their emotional and physical safety. She has also trained thousands of parents, educators, and other caring adults in what they need to know and do to protect their kids - and in how to use Kidpower's Positive Practice Method (TM) to make it fun for kids to learn to stay safe.

Today, Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower International is a global nonprofit leader dedicated to providing effective and empowering child protection, positive communication, and personal safety for all ages and abilities. Kidpower programs have protected over 3 million children, teens, and adults from bullying, abuse, harassment, assault, kidnapping, and other violence through greater awareness, action, and skills. In collaboration with many partners world-wide, each September Kidpower leads International Child Protection Month to honor, support, and inspire adult leadership in protecting young people from harm and preparing them to take charge of their own well-being.

Irene is an inspiring speaker, a dedicated leader, and a prolific author whose writing is filled with humor, memorable stories, and practical advice. Her many books include 1,2, 3 ... The Toddler Years; The Kidpower Book for Caring Adults: Personal Safety, Self-Protection, Confidence, and Advocacy for Young People; Bullying: What Adults Need to Know and Do to Keep Kids Safe; the Relationship Safety Handbook for Teens and Adults; One Strong Move: Cartoon Illustrated Self-Defense Lessons; Earliest Teachable Moment: Personal Safety for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers; the Kidpower Safety Comics, the Kidpower Youth Safety Comics, and the Fullpower Safety Comics series; and training manuals for educators.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Wolf on September 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
I use the KidPower books with my preschoolers and my own children because the books convey important messages and specific strategies on how to be SAFE in this world. As an educator, I really appreciate the authors who have put this series together. I am sure it has saved countless lives already.

My students love learning various "KidPower" strategies to use when they are feeling angry, afraid, etc. In my preschool class, we read a page or two at a time and really tried to use the KidPower strategies and the language with them. Such as, if someone is teasing me, I have "walk away power" or if I want to hit someone I can use my "hands down power". So kid-friendly and really effective at teaching kids how to be aware of themselves and others in safe ways and how to set boundaries if needed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mom4Good on September 25, 2012
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I have watched even very young children use the skills in this book to stop problems from growing. The Kidpower Trash Can is a big favorite. It gives kids a tool for protecting their feelings when others are saying mean things. The clear stranger safety and 'safety plan for being lost in the store' information has made vacations and trips a lot easier for our family.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lisa W on September 11, 2013
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I got this and another book to start some conversations with my four yr olds about tricky people, safe & unsafe situations, good & bad touches, etc. Some of the cartoons & scenarios in here are a bit over their heads but I really like the book overall--- though it is not really 'stories' to read, my kids will bring the book over at least once a week as their choice for bedtime! We talk about the scenarios & I make up ones that we might encounter in real life and we do some role playing (so what would you say/do if...). In combination with the other book I got which is more about good/bad touches, I feel like we have covered a lot of territory with these discussions and not in a pushy preachy way. Definitely recommend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By So ryu en on May 24, 2014
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I've had this book for a few years now. As a parent and a teacher, it is amazing to me how kids just gravitate to these little lessons in the form of comic strips with pictures. I feel they are really answering important and often confusing questions kids have about what is going on around them when another child or adult is doing or saying things that make them uncomfortable - with the words to say and things to do to help them stay safe and get help. Back when my two-year old desperately wanted to walk in big stores instead of sit in the cart, we read the lost in the store comic and practiced the safety plan steps at home. The next time we were in a big store, we practiced the safety plan again and when it came time to practice getting help from the store checkout person - she looked at me and said, "I want to sit in the cart and practice staying together." She never hassled me about walking vs. going in the cart again. Now that she's older, she happily practices the full way through if I ask her, including getting help from the store clerk - and she is proud and confident. As for the lesson/story about getting out of line if someone is pushing and won't stop even after being asked with a strong boundary (which is part of the comic - that the first tool is to say "stop.") I'm surprised another reviewer thought that getting out of line was 'turning the other cheek' or not empowering. I think staying while someone is pushing would be turning the other cheek and disempowering. And I think getting into a fight in line only gets both kids in trouble or hurt or both - also not empowering or safe. The power to choose to be safe over being inconvenienced is HUGE!Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By New Parent on September 26, 2012
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My daughter is only three months old, but we already use language and skills from this book with her all the time! When we have to put her in her car seat or change her diaper, we tell her that we know she doesn't like it, but some things are not a choice, like touch for health and safety! By introducing Kidpower to her at this age and in little bits, we can help build a foundation for the kinds of skills she can use when she faces more complicated or scary situations later in life. I'm so grateful for this book and for Kidpower that I recently gave copies to all the other moms in our mothers group!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anatta on September 25, 2012
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Kidpower is a fantastic resource for the safety of young children. These comics contain practical safety skills that can be practiced and utilized. The boundary-setting skills children can learn in Kidpower are unparalleled. Non-threatening, practical, and effective; you cannot go wrong with anything Kidpower!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cathleen on September 26, 2012
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The KidPower comics helped us SO MUCH when our kids were younger. My son had been very shy, and practicing the activities in the comics helped him be more self confident. On the other hand, my daughter used to walk up to anyone and start chit-chatting. Practicing the activities in the comics taught her some restraint and appropriate boundaries. We had tried to help both kids with these things beforehand, but our advice and cautions never hit home. KidPower, however, spoke their language, and taught them safety skills in simple, non-shaming, and empowering ways. Hooray for KidPower!!!!
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