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My Body Belongs to Me: A book about body safety Hardcover – April 10, 2014
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PreS-Gr 2—This is the perfect book to help children be aware of abuse and know what do to if it happens to them. A young boy talks about his body and how it is private. One day his uncle's friend touches him inappropriately and, because his parents have taught him what to do, he tells them immediately and they reassure him that he did the right thing. The book also mentions teachers as trusted adults to whom a child can talk. The author concludes with suggestions for sharing this book with children and resources for adults. The bright and bold illustrations are soothing, complementing the rhyming text. A must-have for parents and others who work closely with children.—Martha Rico, El Paso ISD, TX
“Well thought-out and clearly communicated . . . A useful resource.”—Booklist
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We go through it like any other picture book, reading the page then doing a little back and forth to help comprehend. "How does he feel?" "Sad." "What do you do?" "Run and scream loud loud!" "Who can you tell?" "mommy and daddy and teacher and Nana." "Does he feel better now?" "his mommy and daddy made it all better."
Typically we read it least once a week, sometimes several times in a row. I never forced it on her as a 'special book' and as far as she's concerned it's just like the books that teach her ABC's or Numbers.
The first few times we read it it did make me feel a little uncomfortable to discuss things with her, even in the very child appropriate way that this book handles it. But as someone who was molested as a child I know how important it is to establish this openness right away and keep it strong so that your child doesn't feel like they can't come to you for whatever reason. And now, like I said it's just another story that teaches her things that she needs to know. I feel much much more comfortable now that I know she has at least the beginnings of these skills.
We bought several books at once to tackle this subject. And in my opinion this is by far the best for her age of about 3 years old. I feel like it would be a little simplistic for an 8 year old though, there are definitely better stories for the older end of the spectrum. (I highly recommend Some Secrets Should Never Be Kept.) But this is perfect for the younger preschooler.
I love how the book ends on that positive note. She says it every time we read it, a great affirmation of empowerment. "This is my body! And I'm growing up big and strong!"