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I Can Play It Safe Hardcover – April 24, 2008
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I bought this for my daughter (4) because I believe it's never too early for her to learn about being safe. I like that it addresses a whole bunch of scenarios.
For example, "I am a snowflake" talks about how each child is different and an individual that deserves respect. "I am a plane" shows a child pretending to be a plane and it says how these have to check in with the tower about their plans, and that kids have to do the same thing with parents. "I am a tiger" - the child pretends to growl to warn other animals about trouble - then skips to a child yelling "call 911" if they need help. "I am a detective" shows the child observing others and taking notes and then skips to not allowing a child to keep secrets with grown-ups. "I am a boat captain" talks about a taking care of your boat and keeping away from rocks and choppy waters and then skips to how others cannot touch your private areas. Say what??
The illustrations are cute but the "I am" stories are only marginally related to the rules and even distracting to a point. At the end of the book I asked my five year old what he had learned and he said, "I don't remember." Honestly, I had to look at the book to even remember what these pretend games were and how they were like the rules. Not good. The messages really do get mixed up and maybe even lost among all these pretend games.
At the end, grown-ups will find a one page listing safety issues which was useful in discussing with my son when I realized the message in the book wasn't clear.
I ordered this book after an attempted abduction of a seven year old in our town. If my child were ever in a difficult situation, I'd hate to see him trying to remember about tigers and boats and detectives, more so when these really have little to do with what I'm trying to teach him. I really don't think this book will help at all.