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In simple, reassuring language, the author explains that a child's body is his or her own; that it is all right for kids to decline a friendly hug or kiss, even from someone they love; and that you can still be friends even if you don't want a hug now....

Title : Your Body Belongs to You
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ISBN : 9780807594735
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 24 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Your Body Belongs to You Reviews

  • Caralee
    2019-04-26 16:27

    A good book for preschoolers to introduce them to the idea that they are in control of the body and they have the right to say that they don't want to be touched, hugged, or kissed. It also sensitively tells children that there are some places that nobody should touch and if someone does, they should tell someone. I only gave it three stars because although it is a good introductory book for younger children, the language used was laughable and felt very stilted and formal for anybody over four years old.

  • Katelyn
    2019-04-28 16:19

    Good starter book for teaching toddlers about appropriate and inappropriate touch.

  • Remi
    2019-04-23 12:06

    The message given at the beginning of the book by the author speaks volumes about enabling children to trust what they think and feel. Physical and sexual abuse among children is not something that is commonly acknowledged or talked about. That is why this book is fantastic, building skills from an early age about trusting your gut feeling if something is not right. It perpetuates an ideology that goes contrary to social conditioning of young children, especially young women to question parents and people in positions of authority when something feels wrong. The book encourages open discourse between parent and child and fosters an open relationship where a child can feel comfortable about talking about discomforting situations and feelings. The relationship that the book clearly advocates for is one where the child can seek safety and reassurance from the parent and should never feel shame in consulting their advice. Loved the book.

  • ABC
    2019-04-23 14:08

    This book tells kids that they can say no to unwanted kisses or hugs by saying " No, not right now, please.". Then it says that people (except a doctor and so forth) can not touch their private parts.Two things I did not like: Saying "Not right now" is a little wishy-washy. "No, I do not want a kiss" is better for kids to say.Second, the book does not make a clear distinction between a grandpa who wants a hug and a grandpa who touches private parts. The two types of touching are TOTALLY different.

  • Brandielle
    2019-05-06 13:28

    Liked the concept. Hate when books about the human body don't include correct terms. I'll never understand why some people think not naming something is necessary for little kids.

  • Rameya Shanmugavelayutham
    2019-05-04 14:26

    A simple intro to consent for Pre-K and kindergarten kids.

  • Haylee
    2019-05-19 16:10

    Decent in introducing good touch/bad touch.

  • Kristen
    2019-05-22 11:05

    I got this book for my four year old recently and it was exactly what I was looking for. It explains that private parts are private and that they should never be touched by others accept during a checkup with the doctor or by parents while helping the child wash themselves. It also explains that children have a right to say no to a hug or other touching even from the people they love most, like their parents, and that it does not hurt their parents' feelings. I think it is important for children to be empowered in this way because it gives them the building blocks for setting boundaries and teaching them that they have complete control over their own body and no one, even adults, do not have a right to force them to comply with unwanted physical contact.

  • paula
    2019-05-20 18:04

    Focusing on agency and choice - "most of the time... it feels good to get a hug. [But] sometimes you don't want a hug or kiss, even from someone you love," this book teaches kids that they are the ones who control access to their own body. I find this preferable to the books that zero in on 'if somebody touches you DOWN THERE, run away and tell a grownup.' Which certainly, that's the right response - but when a kid is given authority to say "no" - to say "I don't feel like kissing Grandma today" - there's a greater chance that he or she will be able to stand up for themselves and get help when truly awful physical overtures are made.

  • Katherine Salinas
    2019-05-20 17:15

    I felt overwhelmed initiating this conversation with my child, so like a good reader, I turned to books to help. This book was just ok. I liked a couple of the tools (i.e. it's ok to say you don't want to give someone a hug or kiss, even if you know and love them and no one should touch your private parts) but the text was awkward. It is age appropriate for ages 2-5 but even then it felt clunky. Illustrations were ok, though I feel like illustrations should be the focus since that is what the kids will be focusing on when you read this with them.

  • Kirsti
    2019-04-21 16:10

    I like this book for the simple, straightforward, non-threatening way it talks about private parts and my son's right to be assertive when he doesn't want to be touched: it's a good, age-appropriate introduction to an important subject. I'll want something more detailed in a couple of years, but for now this works well.

  • Crystal Oros
    2019-05-21 18:03

    A gentle and empowering read about touch, I found this book on a parenting website recommending this read for children ages 2 and up.I really enjoyed how this book illustrated lots of love and affection while slightly making it clear that it's always ok to say no when you don't feel comfortable with being touched... even if it's just an unwanted hug.

  • Dave Lester
    2019-05-19 14:29

    The artwork is boring and the story is nothing special but the strength of this book is the theme. This book teaches children about private parts and that their body is their own. It introduces the idea that people can inappropriately touch children and the importance of being able to talk to mom and/or dad about this crucial issue.

  • Catherine
    2019-05-12 13:24

    I think this is a great book for chilren of any age. It helps them understand their body belongs to them and that other people should respect that and then what to do if others don't. It doesn't go into too much detail, so it's great for small children

  • Cathy
    2019-05-14 11:26

    Excellent book. Teaches young children about private parts and not to let others touch without DETAILS of the body parts.

  • Erica Tucker
    2019-05-09 15:17

    An informational text that explains to children the difference between inappropriate and appropriate touching.

  • Carolyn Laursen
    2019-04-27 14:19

    The message of this book was clear and straightforward, but it could have gone into a bit more detail.

  • Christie Suh
    2019-04-22 10:05

    An informational text that explains to children the difference between inappropriate and appropriate touching.

  • Rosemary
    2019-05-16 18:17

    A useful book which ends on a positive note.