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My Body Is Private (Albert Whitman Prairie Books) Paperback – January 1, 1984


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: Albert Whitman Prairie Books
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company; Reprint edition (January 1, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807553190
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807553190
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Julie, who is eight or nine, talks about privacy and about saying "no" to touching that makes her uncomfortable.

About the Author

Linda Walvoord Girard is a published author of children's books.

Rodney S. Pate is a published author and an illustrator of children's books and young adult books. Some of the published credits of Rodney S. Pate include Jackie Robinson (Yo Solo Biografias), Joe Louis, My Champion, A Lesson for Martin Luther King Jr. (Ready-to-read COFA).

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Customer Reviews

My daughter is a very curious 6.5 yo.
L. Murphy
It is well written and covers the subject well, informing the child but at the same time not frightening the child.
Martha H
I thought this was a good book along with others to talk to my daughter about her body at the time.
Brainiac

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209 of 210 people found the following review helpful By ChristineMM TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 7, 2002
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I like the gentle nature of this story: a conversation between a mother and her daughter. The illustrations are very nicely done although they are not as detailed or done in color as on the cover (just so you know what to expect).
All the important issues are discussed in a non-frightening yet serious manner and without providing too much detail about what can happen during a sexual abuse encounter. My goal is to educate my male children about prevention of sexual abuse without enlightening them with details about what actually can and does happen during a sexual abuse encounter; there is an element of innocence I wish to protect at their young ages of two and five.
This is the sequence of the content of this story:
Privacy is defined and several examples are given, and private body parts are described as those covered by a bathing suit. The body parts for both girls and boys are named here using the proper terminology for both male and female genitals and the term "bottom" for the buttocks and anal area. The girl states she already knows that no one can touch her in any way she doesn't like, whether it involves her private parts or any other part of her body, such as not wanting to sit on her uncle's lap. Examples of touching that are enjoyed are given such as cuddling with a dog and dancing with Dad. Tickling is described as fun but that sometimes it can go too far and no longer be fun. The girl is encouraged to say "no" to anyone at any time if she doesn't want them touching her (in sexual or non-sexual ways without using the term "sexual"). The mother explains that it is the feelings of the girl that are most important, not the person who she is asking to stop or saying no to, because the girl worried that if she said no she would hurt the feelings of the other person.
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237 of 242 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 2000
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Teach your children well. This book saved my eight-year old daughter from further assault.
A couple years years ago I bought this book for a friend and just decided to by one for our family. My daughter was six at the time.
Recently we moved and the company-hired workers arrived. That afternoon as I was watching my children play together, I thought how cute they are - precious six-year old brother and eight-year old daughter side-by-side. I ran upstairs to the kitchen although the door was open between us and 6 other people were within earshot including their father and and an on-site manager.
My daughter came upstairs and told me that a worker put his hands in her pants. He began to lead her to a closed area. She lied to him; got away from him; and came to me. "Mommy, I remembered what that book, "My Body Is Private" said. I remembered that you told me anything inside my underwear is private.
Teach your chldren well. Buying this non-threatening book with a happy ending saved my daughter from ... who knows.
THANK YOU Linda Walvoord Girard. Although my daughter was tricked and hurt within seconds in her own home, you have saved a child.
Just as you teach a child to walk safely across the street without instilling fear of streets or cars, you can keep your child safe without instilling fear. My daughter was never afraid until she needed to be -- AND SHE ACTED. No secrets, no further abuse, no threats........ she saved herself through the knowledge she gathered through our reading this book together.
I am forever grateful to the author.
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62 of 62 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 10, 2003
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I ordered 5 sexual abuse prevention books. Among them, this was my favorite. It 1st introduces the topics of privacy, personal space, and saying "no," before delving into more serious topics. Children are most often victimized by a family member, neighbor, or family friend and the book addresses this fact by simply stating that these people in addition to strangers are not allowed to pull your pants down, take nude photos,etc. These scenarios are very real and children need to learn what exactly they're supposed to object to. Other books of the same topic were too general and in essence equate to the familiar theme of "never talk to strangers" without going into more depth. I also think this book is a good length and ends on a positive note. The illustrations are black/white, but the text and drawings definitely make up for this. Finally, I recommend it for ages 3-9.
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 7, 2003
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I bought three books of this kind. This is my childrens favorite. I as an child abuse survivor myself find this book to be the best of the three. This book is about giving the child a sense of ownership over his/her body. An entitlement to say no. it is written from the childs POV which comes accross very well to my children. This is a gentle book with a supportive mother figure. I realize that it may be uncommom or unrealistic that one should have such an in tune and supportive mother and that there may be other flaws. Yet it is gentle and the child finds success in standing up for herself. It is still my favorite. I like the way it couches the responsibility to say no on the child but that the child has back up or confidence with the mothers support. The book begins with small things like personal belongings and knocking. This book has a senitive approach and a nice pace. It gets the information accross without threatening a small childs mind.
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