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A Very Touching Book...for Little People and for Big People Paperback – July, 1983

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Publication Date: 7/1/1983
  • Pages: 52

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  • Paperback: 52 pages
  • Publisher: Alexandria Assoc (July 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0961103418
  • ISBN-13: 978-0961103415
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 12 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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65 of 67 people found the following review helpful By thatboyhead on November 6, 2003
Format: Paperback
I am a mother of two young children and like most parents I sometimes worry about the worst things that could happen to them: what if they were in a car accident, had one of those rare fatal reactions to an immunization, etc. It's a very uncomfortable to think about what if one of them were molested, and what if the abuser were someone they knew and trusted (and presumably I knew and trusted as well). Those who work in the field of child sexual abuse, as Jan Hindman does, tell us that most children are molested by people they know.
Parents like myself ask ourselves "How can I prevent this from happening? Is there any way?" There is no way to prevent such a thing from happening entirely, of course, but I want to do anything I can do to make my children be aware of their rights in regard to their bodies and their sexuality and that no one has the right to abuse them this way. If the worst did happen and my child were molested, I would want him or her (I have both) to immediately tell me or another trustworthy adult and begin the work of recovery.
Jan Hindman's book is an excellent way to introduce even the youngest children to the idea of their sexual rights. It goes through the proper terms for male and female sexual anatomy and does a good job of addressing the embarrassment often goes with these words in a humorous way. There are simple, no-nonsense cartoons of naked adults and children to clarify the body part discussion - very important because if a child is sexually abused he or she needs to name the body parts involved correctly.
What I like most about Hindman's approach is that she helps to clarify what sexual abuse is and is not by creating 3 categories of touching: good, bad and secret.
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79 of 87 people found the following review helpful By Diana L. Steketee on July 27, 2002
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For the most part, i really enjoy A Very Touching Book. The illustrations and the humorous way that things are presented are great. Unfortunately, there is one page that makes me hesitate to use this book with the kids i work with. There's a page where the child gets really dirty doing something with Grandpa and then the two hop into the shower together. Sorry, but that smacks of common abusive settings to me. Many, many of my clients have been abused by someone in the bathtub. Maybe Grandpa in this instance was okay, but with the frequency of abuse in such settings, i cannot endorse this as a "safe" setting and have to skip this section with my kids.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 23, 2003
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Jan Hindman brings her vast knowledge of child sexual assault, offender profiles and wonderful humor together in this fine and funny book. My children and I would read four or five pages per night, before bed and talk about the book's content and lessons. Yes, grownups do get purple faces talking about this stuff and kids can help them through it. The very important definitions of good, bad and secret touching are taught sensitively and well. Secret touching must be the emphasis when seeking disclosures of child sexual assault and molestation.
My kids especially liked the fingerprints at the page corners. Children, of course, get to decide when to turn the pages! Important to every family's library and every school library should have several copies.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 24, 1997
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Wonderfully sensitive kids eye view of different kinds of touch...what feels good, what doesn't. Talks about bodies, private parts, and the problem with secrets. Good for ages 4 and up. Good for kids who have been molested as well as those who haven't. Encourages having a trusted adult to talk to. Helps with understanding when a touch is okay and when its not. Doesn't use scare tactics. Doesn't pathologize touch. Excellent. We need more books like this
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 6, 1997
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This is clearly the best book to date for teaching children about the importance of avoiding inappropriate touch. Jan Hindman shows tremendous insight into the complicated and confusing world of child sexual abuse. Based on taking pride in their most precious possession, their body, this book helps children to respect and love themselves, rather than feel shame and fear regarding their bodies. This is a book to be read by adults and children TOGETHER. I strongly recommend that the "purple-faced" adults reading the book with the children carefully consider the introduction to the book BEFORE introducing it to children. THIS IS A "MUST HAVE" BOOK FOR PARENTS, TEACHERS, AND MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sallye J. Kessler on August 25, 2006
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This book may be too much for children under 5 years of age, however, it does a great job of explaining the difference between a 'bad' touch and a 'secret' touch. Most books of this nature do not address this difference. My children & I liked the illustrations as they helped set the tone for the content in a way that young children could understand. This book was recommended to me by the Denver Children's Hospital Behavioral Sciences/Sex Abuse Specialty Dept. and I recommend it to all parents/persons in a position of trust seeking help explaining this matter to young children.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lorriger rogerson on September 14, 2012
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Just a heads up a children's sexual abuse counselor recommended this book to me. I just want to give the heads up to everyone that it does contain cartoon drawings of naked people's private parts. I suppose this can be helpful in letting kids know what are privates and what are not, but it was a bit shocking at the same time. I think the book really does a good job of explaining good touch, bad touch, and "secret touch."
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