What Does it Mean to Be Safe?

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Children need easy guidelines to help them understand how to protect themselves and feel secure in their environments. Rana DiOrio's newest addition to her award-winning series explores physical, emotional, social and cyber safety in unthreatening ways that spark meaningful conversation between adults and children about staying safe.
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Overview


Children need easy guidelines to help them understand how to protect themselves and feel secure in their environments. Rana DiOrio's newest addition to her award-winning series explores physical, emotional, social and cyber safety in unthreatening ways that spark meaningful conversation between adults and children about staying safe.
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Marian Allen: What Does It Mean To Be Safe? puts everything on an empowering basis. It isn’t about staying safe, it’s about making yourself and others safe… A diverse cast of characters, beautiful illustrations and the use of green technology to produce a superior product are also plusses.” ~ Marian Allen

Pragmatic Mom:  “Rana DiOrio’s book tackles all these safety issues that kids face growing up in suburbia. She does it in a calm and gentle way, raising the right points but without making it scary. I like how she touches on listening to your inner voice and standing up to bullies. This is the kind of book that reinforces the messages that we parents give. It allows for dialogue should an issue come up, but it can also just be an gentle reminder of how to stay safe. And that’s exactly the message that I want to impart to my kids.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780982993866
  • Publisher: Little Pickle Press
  • Publication date: 9/7/2011
  • Series: What Does It Mean To Be...? Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 982,692
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Author Bio:

Rana DiOrio was born in Providence, RI and grew up in a colorful Italian-American family. Her curiosity about the world began in kindergarten, while studying Western access to China and, obviously, panda bears. As a political science major/psychology minor in college, and then as a law student, she became fascinated with understanding perspective, and how just about any person, place, thing, or situation can be interpreted in so many valid ways.

“I believe that I have two ears, two eyes and one mouth intentionally, so I listen and observe more than I talk,” she explains. “As a result, I think I’m better able to respect and appreciate diversity.” Rana’s inspiration for writing What Does It Mean To Be Global? was the election of President Barack Obama and explaining its significance, on so many levels, to her children.

Rana has written her way through life–as a student, a lawyer, an investment banker, a private equity investor, and now as an author and publisher of children’s picture books. Her interests include practicing yoga, reading non-fiction, dreaming, effecting positive change, and, of course, being global, green, and present. She lives in Tiburon, California with her three Little Pickles.

Illustrator Bio:

Sandra Salsbury grew up in the redwood forests of the Santa Cruz Mountains in California. She received her BFA and MFA in illustration from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. As well as illustrating, Sandra teaches art classes and works at her local schools.

When illustrating What Does It Mean To Be Safe?, Sandra thought about the time when she felt safest—as a child running though the forest, morning, noon, and night. Being safe is not just about following rules, but also about being happy with who you are and the life you have.

When she is not drawing, Sandra enjoys reading, hiking, cooking, and attempting to do yoga (with limited success). She still lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and often returns to the forests where she grew up in for hiking and picnics.

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"Being safe means...
...feeling secure in your environment and protected from danger.
...looking both ways before you cross a street or parking lot.
...fastening your seatbelt."

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  • Posted February 22, 2012

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    A Mom¿s Choice Awards Recipient!

    What Does It Mean to Be Safe is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS's Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, and New York Times best-selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. Parents and educators look for the Mom's Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.

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  • Posted September 5, 2012

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    The latest in Rana DiOrio's "What Does It Mean To Be...&quo

    The latest in Rana DiOrio's "What Does It Mean To Be..." series is a winner all the way around. DiOrio has a knack for explaining important concepts to children in an easy to understand and entertaining format, as well as empowering children to make changes and take responsibility for themselves. In this book she addresses such vital matters as internet safety, dealing with strangers, and communication between parents and children. This is the first book by this author that we read, and after reading it we had to add the rest to our home library!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 31, 2013

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    What Does It Mean To Be Safe? In this story a young boy contemp

    What Does It Mean To Be Safe?

    In this story a young boy contemplates what it means to be safe.  He recalls being called safe as he played baseball.  Then maybe if he was locked up in his room he would be safe.   But this is not the kind of safe they are talking about in this book.  Safe is making right decisions not letting peers persuade you into doing something you know is not safe.  Keeping information like your address, phone number and other private information that could lead to an unsafe situation and more. 




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    Stated in the description of about this series:
    Physical safety 
    Emotional safety
    Social safety
    Cyber safety
    It explores in unthreatening ways that spark meaningful conversation between adults and children about staying safe.






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    It is necessary to discuss the dangers our children may face when a trusted adult is not around to guide the child.  Even the smallest child needs to be safe.  This book will help without scaring or threatening the child.  




    The author writes this story so they can understand and along with the illustrations they will be able to relate to the different situations and hopefully keep them in mind if ever a similar situation occurs.  




    I really appreciate the Green fact the publisher states, "We print and distribute their materials in an environmentally-friendly manner, using recycled paper, soy inks, and green packaging."  




    I highly recommend this book.




    Disclosure:  I received a free copy of this book from Little Pickle Press for review.  I was in no way compensated for this review.  It is my honest opinion.

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