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Guns: What You Should Know Hardcover – October, 1997

4.6 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 1. This easy-to-read selection is a timely addition to any collection. Using simple words and bright, childlike illustrations, the book conveys an important message. Beginning with a description of various types of guns and how they work, Schulson goes on to explain that, even though these weapons don't really hurt characters on TV and in movies, in real life they can seriously injure and even kill people. The author concludes by listing some important rules about gun safety. While the writing is ordinary, and the pictures somewhat static, this book fills a real need.?Jan Shepherd Ross, Dixie Elementary Magnet School, Lexington, KY
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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"This easy-to-read selection is a timely addition to any collection."

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company; First Edition edition (October 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080753093X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807530931
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 9.3 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #737,115 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I like the fact that this book is non-judgemental regarding guns. It states the facts of the situation clearly and succinctly. My eight year old son had no trouble reading it and understanding the content of the text. Use of words and examples is good. I appreciate the fact that guns were not referred to as weapons. This is consistent with firearms training protocols for non-military personnel

One technical inaccuarcy was noted. The cut-away illustration of the pistol referred to "bullets" in the pistol magazine. They are properly called "cartridges". But this is a minor detail.

The safety message at the end, while thorough, was too wordy to be easily remembered. But it is not inconsistent with the Eddie Eagle Safety Message of "Stop! Don't Touch! Leave the Area! Tell an Adult!"

Overall - very nicely done!

David G. Coy, CMA, CPA
Associate Proessor - Accoutancy
Adrian College
Adrian, Michigan

I am an NRA Certified Firearms Instructor
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Format: Hardcover
I have read this book to my primary grade students since it was published. It presents facts about gun safety clearly, without taking sides. It is amazing how many discussions it provokes from the students. It is a great starting place for teaching safety, particularly gun safety, to young students. It should be a "must have" in any elementary school media center.
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As a Mass. State/NRA Firearms Instructor, I am always on the look out for books that I can recommend to my students. This book does a nice job of explaining in simple terms the operation and dangers of Firearms and ammunition. It also contrasts the difference between TV, pretend play, and real life. This book is well illustrated and is politically neutral. This a good book for parents that would like to discuss the subject of firearms with their children but don't really know where to begin. I would also recommend pairing it with a book by Massad Ayoob called Gun Proof Your Children / The Handgun Primer.
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When my son started pretending to shoot things with a gun (made from his hands, or sometimes a stick) a few weeks ago, I immediately thought to look for a book about gun safety aimed (no pun intended!) at preschoolers.

A children's librarian found this one for me. It is exactly what I wanted--a simple way to explain to my three-year-old that a real gun is very different from a toy or pretend gun. The brief, simple text talks about different kinds of guns (shoulder arms vs. hand guns), how a bullet works, and why guns are dangerous even though they don't look that way on TV. The text states that grownups have different opinions about gun laws in the United States, but that all grownups agree that children shouldn't play with guns. The final page gives rules for what to do if you (a child) ever find a gun.

The illustrations are explicit enough to prompt discussion, but not at all scary. This book has generated lots of productive conversation and questions about guns. Five stars for helping out a busy parent with a tough topic!
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Every family should have a copy of this. It's non-partisan--not promoting gun control or advocating for gun ownership. Instead, it strictly addresses the serious considerations of tampering with and using firearms. Educating children about this is imperative--especially if it is likely that they would be in the home of someone who may not keep all firearms unloaded and locked away. For someone who did not have access to this information, his friends all missed celebrating his 17th birthday. Teach children respect and safe handling of firearms so they live to make a decision about whether to own guns themselves.
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