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Hands Are Not for Hitting / Las manos no son para pegar (Best Behavior Series)
     

Hands Are Not for Hitting / Las manos no son para pegar (Best Behavior Series)

by Martine Agassi, Marieka Heinlen (Illustrator)
 

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Hands are for helping, learning, playing, and much more. Remind children of the many positive actions their hands can take, from saying hello to making music to brushing their teeth at bedtime. Children learn that violence is never okay, discover alternatives to hitting, and explore ways to manage strong feelings.

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Hands are for helping, learning, playing, and much more. Remind children of the many positive actions their hands can take, from saying hello to making music to brushing their teeth at bedtime. Children learn that violence is never okay, discover alternatives to hitting, and explore ways to manage strong feelings.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
This book, along with others by this publisher, was produced to help parents, teachers and children of all ages deal with and prevent violence in their lives. It provides thirty pages of alternatives for using your hands in ways other than for hitting. Using colorful, multicultural, cartoon-like drawings and minimal text, the book proceeds through a litany of activities for using your hands, such as drawing, making finger puppets, blowing bubbles and building. Negative feelings that often lead to hitting, as well as how it feels to be hit are validated, and alternatives are encouraged. Several pages of advice for parents are offered, along with activities to further understanding. The book includes resources for more information about violence and its alternatives, and a hotline number for suspected abuse. The book is a bit long for preschoolers, and the language is a bit basic for primary-age children, but is ideal for sharing between parent and child. 2000, Free Spirit, $10.95. Ages 3 to 8. Reviewer: Meredith Kiger
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-This title 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. The refrain that "hands are not for hitting" is accompanied by numerous better uses for them, such as waving, helping, drawing, and making music. While the text is didactic and too redundant to be read aloud cover to cover, the book provides an important point of departure for discussing constructive ways of coping with and resolving strong feelings such as anger, jealousy, and fear. Friendly, colorful illustrations portray children engaged in various positive activities. An extensive list of supportive ideas for grown-ups interested in promoting nonviolence is included.-Teri Markson, Stephen S. Wise Temple Elementary School, Los Angeles Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
From the Publisher

“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

"We love this series because they are a fun way to explain basic do's and don'ts' to your child and repetition from hearing the same book over and over gives you a better chance that it will actually sink in." –Baby Let's Shop blog

Creative Child Magazine Seal of Excellence Winner

The National Parenting Center Seal of Approval

Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Special Needs Award

Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award

iParenting Media Award Winner

Dr. Toy's 100 Best Selection

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781575423104
Publisher:
Free Spirit Publishing, Inc.
Publication date:
04/01/2009
Series:
Free Spirit Best Behavior Series
Edition description:
Bilingual Edition: English & Spanish , Ages 4-7, Paperback
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
391,336
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author


Martine Agassi, Ph.D., is an award-winning children’s book author and creator of Hands Not for Hitting, which inspired Free Spirit Publishing’s Best Behavior series. As a behavioral therapist, she has extensive experience with counseling children and families in schools, residential facilities, foster care, and private practice. She has led workshops and group counseling in communication skills, parenting, drug and child abuse prevention, divorce, self-esteem. Martine, her husband, and their daughter live in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Marieka Heinlen received her BFA at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and also studied at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London. She launched her career as an award-winning children’s book illustrator with the original edition of Hands Are Not for Hitting and has illustrated other books in the Best Behavior series and Free Spirit’s Toddler Tools board book series. As a freelance illustrator and designer, Marieka focuses her work on books and other materials for children, teens, parents, and teachers. She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, with her husband and son.

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