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Your Body Belongs to You Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 1997
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Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"This book is positive and assertive without being frightening."
School Library Journal
Top Customer Reviews
This is a wonderfully empowering book. It also dispels the myth of the candy-bearing stranger, lurking on playgrounds and parks if indeed he ever even existed. Statistics have shown that "bad touches" are very rarely done by strangers! The text is gentle and simple without being overly so; it is something I would happily present to every child from 2 on up as well. It is timeless; the message of assertiveness and respect for boundaries and the human body at large can never be over emphasized.
I also like the way the book encourages children not to keep secrets if they are approached and touched inappropriately or made to touch someone else against their will. Private parts are rightfully defined as the parts of the body one's underwear and bathing suits cover. My favorite point the book stressed was what to do if the touch is neither wanted nor welcome and that it is perfectly all right not to want to be touched in certain ways. The most important service this book does is distinguishes "good" and "bad" touches and that for the most part, hugs and kisses are perfectly fine and acceptable.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It will certainly help empower children of all ages and will also help to put an end to keeping harmful secrets.Read more ›
By the end of the book, you'll know: 1)your body belongs to you; 2) it's okay if you don't want to be touched; 3)what to do if you don't want to be touched; 4) your "private parts" are the parts of your body that are covered by a bathing suit, and 5) you shouldn't keep a "touching" secret.
However, this message is conveyed in a very safe, non-threatening manner, and the book begins and ends by acknowledging that most of the time we do like getting hugs and kisses. (Not all touches are bad).
I highly recommend this book!
'Sometimes you don't like to be touched. Sometimes you don't want a hug or kiss, even from someone you love. Then you can say, "No, not right now, please!" Or you can show you don't want to be touched by not hugging or kissing back, or by pulling away.'
That was 2 pages from the book. That is mainly what it discusses. I wanted more about the wrong kind of touching. It only briefly scanned over that in the book. This book is not worth the money, but the book was cheap enough that I took it as a loss rather than paying for shipping to send it back. Like I said before though, I would recommend this book for much younger kids that can't understand much more than simple explanations, but because of the age range it gave and the son I originally bought it for I would have to give this book 2 stars. For my younger child if this book had said ages 2 thru 4 I would have given it 3 stars, but that is all. Still too vague for me.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this book but wish it went into a little more detail about why people shouldnt touch you in certain areas but ohwell my kid likes the book and it for the most part gets the... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Kaylin
This book has been great to talk about appropriate touching. It doesn't go into too much detail so it keeps the kids innocent. Read morePublished 12 days ago by sumatra
A gentle introduction to privacy. Bought for my 4 year old. Probably better for younger kids.Published 24 days ago by Sara Ann
This book seemed strange to me. It didn't discuss "good touch" and "bad touch" and focused more on "things you like" versus what's appropriate. Read morePublished 1 month ago by TH
it is hard to start a conversation with children about the safety of their bodies, and its even harder to know at what age is appropriate... Read morePublished 1 month ago by jensen tribe
This is a solid book to clearly communicate to pre-school or early school age children the importance of our bodies and modesty in the context of staying safe if someone else were... Read morePublished 1 month ago by kman
Illustrations were just okay but the message is an important one and it's hard to find books that address the issue of inappropriate touches without being scary or too mature. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sara Mabrey