Hands Are Not for Hitting (Best Behavior Series)

Hands Are Not for Hitting (Best Behavior Series)

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by Martine Agassi

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Little ones learn that hitting is never okay, hands can do many good things, and everyone is capable of positive, loving actions.


Little ones learn that hitting is never okay, hands can do many good things, and everyone is capable of positive, loving actions.

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

Demco Media
Publication date:
Free Spirit Best Behavior Series
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Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.40(d)
AD260L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Martine Agassi, Ph.D., is a clinical therapist with extensive experience as a behavioral consultant, 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, and self-esteem. Martine, her husband, and their daughter live in Fallbrook, California, with their dog Toby.

Marieka Heinlen launched her career as a children’s book illustrator with the award-winning Hands Are Not for Hitting. 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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4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
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I purchased this book for my son as he moved into an older class in his daycare that had a lot of hitting going on. As we read through this book he knows each page and says to me little things about what I am reading. When I say hands are not for hitting they are for ... he yells hi! and waves his hand hello. He is not even two yet and totally understands. I also recommend Teeth Are Not For Biting by the same author.
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SarahG More than 1 year ago
This is a really cute book that hit home for our 2 1/2 year old about learning not to use hands for hitting.
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JamieMom More than 1 year ago
Excellent book and really brings home the point. After reading this book 3 times, my 2 1/2 yr old boy didn't hit again. It was very effective. Recently our cat hissed and swung at him and my son, now 3, told me to read the 'Hands are not for Hitting' book to the cat! Really!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! Really helped my son, who has autism, visualize why he should not hit. It explains and illustrates what good things our hands can do.
jtjerry More than 1 year ago
My son loves this book. It is simple, to the point and has wonderful illustrations and colors. I wish there were more of these.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a wonderful resource for parents that have children that hit. I was having problems with my 3yr old hitting other children. I believe that this book helped her to understand how hitting makes other people feel and that hands are not for hitting. I would highly recommend this book to parents or caregivers that are having this problem with small children.