Hands Are Not for Hitting

Hands Are Not for Hitting

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by Martine Agassi, Marieka Heinlen

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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. Includes tips for parents and caregivers.See more details below


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

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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

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Demco Media
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Best Behavior Series
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Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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