My Body Belongs to Me

My Body Belongs to Me

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by Jill Starishevsky, Sara Muller
     
 

Speaking to children on their own terms, this critically acclaimed book sensitively establishes boundaries for youngsters. In a non-threatening, engaging manner, this guide teaches kids that when it comes to their body, there are some parts that are for “no one else to see” and empowers them to tell a parent or teacher if someone touches them

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Speaking to children on their own terms, this critically acclaimed book sensitively establishes boundaries for youngsters. In a non-threatening, engaging manner, this guide teaches kids that when it comes to their body, there are some parts that are for “no one else to see” and empowers them to tell a parent or teacher if someone touches them inappropriately. Telling the story of a gender-neutral child who is inappropriately touched by an uncle’s friend, this tale delivers a powerful moral when the youngster reveals the offender and the parents praise the child’s bravery. Most importantly, this narrative assures young ones that sexual molestation is not their fault, and by speaking out, the child will continue to grow big and strong. A “Suggestions for the Storyteller” section is also included to assist in facilitating a comfortable discussion afterwards, thereby helping to prevent the unthinkable from happening to any child. With inspirational rhyming and beautiful illustrations, this is a compelling and uplifting message of what is right and wrong.

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From the Publisher

“Advocacy groups around the country say it will be in an important tool for parents.”  —Colleen Long, Associated Press

“Prevention is key when it comes to children’s personal safety. Kudos to Ms. Starishevsky for taking on this project.”  —Kimberley Clayton Blaine, founder, TheGoToMom.TV

“This is the first children’s book I’ve seen that really addresses the issues in a way that kids can understand and that doesn’t seem scary or heavy-handed. ”  —Pattie Fitzgerald, founder, Safely Ever After, Inc.

“Finally, a book that explains to children in a clear, understandable way what child sexual abuse is, why it’s not their fault, and why it is critical to tell an adult when it happens.”  —Ross Ellis, founder and CEO, Love Our Children, USA

"With an easy rhyme and attractive pictures, this book will help both adults and children enter into a conversation about a subject that is often extremely hard for anyone to speak about, privately or publicly." —Pamela Pine, PhD, MPH, founder and CEO, Stop the Silence: Stop Child Sexual Abuse, Inc.

Children's Literature - Joyce Rice
The little girl in our story is a bright, energetic, young lady who knows all about her body and is proud of it. Her posture tells the reader that she is ready to face life and all of its wonder. Her parents have taught her about her body and the names of all of its parts. They have also taught her that some of the parts are to be kept hidden from anyone else and that she is the keeper of those parts that are "private." So on a day when she visits her uncle and is approached by a visiting friend who tries to touch her private parts, she does what her parents have taught her to do—she runs to an adult she trusts and tells them what has happened. Because those adults love her, they believe her and do what they must do to protect her. Because they know they cannot always be close, they teach her about other adults that can be trusted with this story, such as a grandmother, aunt, police officer, or a teacher. It is every parent's nightmare...someone has hurt your child. What if you could prevent that ever happening just by reading a book together? This story, written by a district attorney who deals with abused children every day, will open the door to talking about preventing someone from hurting your child, or someone else's child. It is not a story we will enjoy reading together, but it is a story every parent of a young child and every adult who loves a young child, should read with that child. Only you will know when the time is right. The author has provided suggestions for the storyteller as well as additional resources available by phone or on the Internet. All of the proceeds from the sale of this title will be donated to non-profit groups working for abused children. Reviewer: Joyce Rice
Associated Press
Advocacy groups around the country say it will be in an important tool for parents.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Presented in story format and narrated by a young child in rhyming couplets, this short book encourages children who have been sexually abused to talk to someone they trust. Written by a prosecutor of sex offenders, it is intended to begin a discussion on a topic that may be uncomfortable for parents but is vital for children since many of them do not know whether or how to tell someone when they are touched inappropriately. Youngsters are reassured that they are not to blame when this happens. Average-quality watercolor and colored-pencil illustrations on solid white backgrounds face a page of large-print text. "Suggestions for the Storyteller" gives advice to parents on how to broach this subject, while two pages of "Where to Find Help" give related phone numbers and Web addresses. In only 19 sentences, this simple book will empower children while promoting open communication.—Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780982121603
Publisher:
Safety Star Media
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

What People are saying about this

Ross Ellis
Finally, a book that explains to children in a clear, understandable way what child sexual abuse is, why it's not their fault, and why it is critical to tell an adult when it happens. (Ross Ellis, founder and CEO, Love Our Children, USA)
Kimberley Clayton Blaine
Prevention is key when it comes to children's personal safety. Kudos to Ms. Starishevsky for taking on this project. (Kimberley Clayton Blaine, founder, TheGoToMom.TV)
Pamela Pine
With an easy rhyme and attractive pictures, this book will help both adults and children enter into a conversation about a subject that is often extremely hard for anyone to speak about, privately or publicly. (Pamela Pine, PhD, MPH, founder and CEO, Stop the Silence: Stop Child Sexual Abuse, Inc.)
Pattie Fitzgerald
This is the first children's book I've seen that really addresses the issues in a way that kids can understand and that doesn't seem scary or heavy-handed. (Pattie Fitzgerald, founder, Safely Ever After, Inc.)

Meet the Author

Jill Starishevsky is an assistant district attorney who has prosecuted hundreds of sex offenders and dedicated her career to seeking justice for victims of child abuse and sex crimes. She is the founder of HowsMyNanny.com, a service that enables parents to purchase a license plate for their child's stroller so the public can report positive or negative nanny observations. Sara Muller is a reporter, a writer, and a producer. She has been featured on ABC News, the Food Network, and MSNBC. They both live in New York City.

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