- Age Range: 4 - 7 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 2
- Lexile Measure: AD260L (What's this?)
- Series: Best Behavior
- Paperback: 40 pages
- Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing; Revised and Updated, For Ages 4-7, Paperback edition (March 15, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1575423081
- ISBN-13: 978-1575423081
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (758 customer reviews)
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Hands Are Not for Hitting (Best Behavior) Paperback – March 15, 2009
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“Imagine raising your kids without the help of Goodnight Moon or Is Your Mama a Llama? or Hands Are Not for Hitting.”—Jennifer Garner, actress, Save the Children ambassador
“Offers youngsters an alternative to hitting and other forms of hurtful behavior, guiding them to a more peaceful and positive outcome in their dealings with other children.”—School Library Journal
“Highly recommended...ideal ‘read aloud’ book for parents and care givers.”—Midwest Book Review
“This is a great book to have in your personal collection whether you are a parent, teacher, or caregiver, and an excellent resource to refer to whenever your children or students need a reminder about calm and peaceful hands.”—Chasing Supermom blog
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Top Customer Reviews
We have had this for a week to a week and a half and her hitting has ceased. Before it did, when she raised her hand to hit, we would gently recite "hands are NOT for hitting". If she was in an emotional state, we redirect her somewhere to read the book to her. The distraction calms her and she seems to have taken from this book!
The book uses first person language, so if a child is reading it to himself it sound like an affirmation. When I read it to my child, it sounds like I'm telling her my personal experience, or if she's sitting in my lap and I read aloud, she sees the boy on the page and understands him and identifies with him since he is using words like I and Me. This is what she needed in order to see that she is not the only one with the feelings she has and that she can control them.
The subject is presented in a matter-of-fact but non-threatening way. It doesn't get preachy or overbearing. It validates the child's feelings while offering suggestions for how to handle situations.
Most situations are social situations children won't usually encounter until they are in school and begin making friends, but preschool age children can easily understand what is going on and grasp the main idea.
We have this book and Respect and Take Care of Things which we also really love. Cannot recommend this more!
- The book uses positive reinforcement in the manner in which it highlights all of the many uses of hands that are peaceful, loving and helpful. The book mentions how not to use your hands but does not focus on the negative uses of hands.
- The book is well illustrated and the colors and pictures definitely draw in the audience to paying close attention to the activities of each individual page.
- The diverse children represented on each page is a huge plus. It is refreshing to see a book that demonstrates that children range in many different colors. The book celebrates that idea that diverse children coexist and thrive together.
- The text is simple and can be understood by very small children (I purchased and read to my 2 year old who clearly understands and repeats the text in relevant moments/settings).