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Never Talk to Strangers

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If you are hanging from a trapeze
And up sneaks a camel with bony knees,
Remember this rule, if you please—
Never talk to strangers.

This book brilliantly highlights situations that children will find themselves in—whether they’re at home and the doorbell rings, or playing in the park, or mailing a letter on their street—and tells them what to do if a stranger (always ...

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Overview

If you are hanging from a trapeze
And up sneaks a camel with bony knees,
Remember this rule, if you please—
Never talk to strangers.

This book brilliantly highlights situations that children will find themselves in—whether they’re at home and the doorbell rings, or playing in the park, or mailing a letter on their street—and tells them what to do if a stranger (always portrayed as a large animal, such as a rhino) approaches. Colorful, ’60s-style “psychedelic” artwork and witty, lively rhyme clearly spell out a message about safety that empowers kids, and that has never been more relevant.

Irma Joyce wrote many Golden Books during the 1960s.

George Buckett was a popular children’s book illustrator during the 1960s.

Discusses different situations to help make important distinctions between people who are "safe" and people to avoid.

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Editorial Reviews

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Review, Parents, January 2009:
"In this whimsical Golden Book ... kids will learn what to do when a stranger rings their doorbell ... or shows up in a host of other places."
Children's Literature - Wendy M. Smith-D'Arezzo
First published in 1967, Never Talk to Strangers uses a repetitive rhyme scheme along with silly pictures to teach children not to interact with strangers, unless the stranger is someone they meet through family, friends, or a teacher. In these situations, it is not a stranger. Given the fact that we know more about who is most likely to harm a young child today than we did in 1967, it seems that those who might want to harm a child would insinuate themselves into the child's world through a trusted friend or relative. While we cannot teach children to be afraid of everyone they meet, we can do a better job of helping a child to trust his or her own instincts, rather than presenting a narrow view of stranger-fear. The highlights of this book are the silly animals stalking through its pages: the curly haired camel, the rhinoceros with an umbrella hanging from his tail as he reads the newspaper, and the brightly colored crocodile with the wickedly evil grin. While the message is told in an attractive manner, I have to question if this is the message we want to be telling. Reviewer: Wendy M. Smith-D'Arezzo
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375849640
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 1/13/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 182,062
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2012

    childhood fav

    I remember this one from my childhood and bought it to share with my own children because it is a fun book with silly rymes and pictures. This is however not the only book I have about strangers and we actually have conversations about "stranger danger".

    If you plan to hand this to your child and have them teach themselves about strangers using only this book as their guide, then I agree with some of the others; choose another book.

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  • Posted January 21, 2009

    One of the Best Books Ever Written

    This book came out in the 70's, I read it to my children and day care children at least once a day. They loved hearing it and talking about all the animals and the funny colors or shapes and what they were doing. If I forgot to read it on a day, they came and asked me to read to them. When my children went to college I tried to find a copy of the book for them as a gentle reminder to stay safe. They laughed when I told them I couldn't find it; they said, they knew it by heart and could recite it from memory. <BR/>Now they have children and I have been looking for a copy for under $30.00 - it has become a classic way to tell children about strangers in any way, shape or form. I am thrilled they have reprinted and this time I will get the library edition because I know it will receive lots of love.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2007

    Confusing to children, bad information, wrong message

    A reality based approach to teaching children to avoid strangers is best. Kids NEED to know that a grandmotherly lady may in fact be a threat and the nice man given out candy is to be avoided. NOT 'don't talk to the pushing rhino or the grumpy bear' What young kid will get the point of this book? And NO, the Easter Bunny is not to be trusted 'because everybody knows him'!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2003

    Best book about strangers

    This book was read to me when I was child, I have read it to all 3 of my children, then passed the book down to my sister, at her request, for her two children. Is the best book ever written about strangers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2003

    MY CHILDREN LOVED THIS BOOK

    THEY ARE GROWN NOW AND HAVE THEIR OWN CHILDREN, BUT I AM BUYING IT FOR MY GRANDCHILDREN. IT IS WRITTEN IN A WAY THAT GETS THE POINT ACROSS AND MAKES IT FUN TOO.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2002

    Excellent Book

    I read this book to my now adult children 20 years ago. I now have three month old twin boys and will read this book to them. I still have my original book and am looking forward to purchasing several more to pass on to my adult children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2002

    This was my favorite book as a child!

    This book was one of my very favorites when I was younger. The pictures are eye catching and the story teaches a very important rule! In my opinion it is a perfect book for any kid!

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