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Never Talk to Strangers

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  193 Ratings  ·  40 Reviews
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
Hardcover, 24 pages
Published April 1st 1984 by Golden Books (first published 1970)
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Feb 28, 2009 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-lit
This was one of my favorite books as a child. I still actually have my worn well loved copy, it lives on my daughters bookshelf now. I think I enjoyed this book so much because of the art work and the funny yet serious story line. The book teaches kids about not talking to strangers and uses animals in funny situations to tell the story.
Jan 20, 2009 Becky rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is one strange book. At first I kept saying to myself, "they published this, really?" Then I read that it was a 'classic' golden book from the 1960s--1967 to be more exact. That clarified it a little bit for me. I can see at least one use for Never Talk To Strangers: to present to a classroom of college students as an example of didactic literature. What does the book offer to readers? Let's see. Rhymes mostly on the silly side. Nostalgic-looking illustrations with an odd flavor that can on ...more
Wonderful illustrations and a cute message of when it is not ok and when it is ok to talk to strangers.
Apr 01, 2009 Melanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
I grew up reading this book. I love the funny animal characters that lighten the burden of teaching kids about strangers.
Adrith Bicchieri
Trolling through our picture book collection for books for storytime. This one is fun, but as a book originally written in 1967, possibly not the best book to use as an example of personal awareness for little ones in the current era.
I happened to pick this up to teach my kids good principles but was surprised to find I recognize the pictures. I'd read it a hundred times as a kid and every page was like a warm hug.
Kendall Flynn
Feb 14, 2017 Kendall Flynn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In Never Talk to Strangers, each page gives an example of when you should not talk to someone you do not know. If the door bell rings, you are shopping, on a walk, or a car pulls over to talk to you and you do not know them, then do not talk to them. Towards then end of the book, it shows when it is acceptable to talk to someone that you do not know. For example, when your parents introduce you to someone or if a friends brings along another friend, it is okay to talk to them because they are no ...more
Nashiea Edmiston
Although this book is very dated, it has certain features that newer books about stranger danger just don't quite cover. I really appreciated that it illustrated the differences between a "safe stranger" and an "unsafe stranger." I also feel that the use of rhyme was very clever since this book targets preschool-early elementary students who respond really well to rhyme. I would not use this book alone but would incorporate this book into a unit about stranger danger where perhaps the D.A.R.E. o ...more
Angela Ahrendt
Never Talk to Strangers is a great book to introduce or build on the concept of personal safety in a fun and funny way for younger children. It highlights different situations that students may find themselves in, and uses animals and funny rhymes to illustrate the importance of being safe by not talking to strangers. It also shows examples of a safe stranger (someone you parent introduces to you that they know), and an unsafe stranger (someone that no one knows that you meet). This is a great b ...more
Jun 30, 2013 Candis rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is an old (1967) book reprinted verbatim for contemporary (2000) children. Read it with the kids: the eldest thought it was just silly, the middle liked the repeating bold lines ("never talk to strangers."), and the wee liked the timbre of the rhymes. What they came away with? Don't talk to ginormous wild animals that lurk when you go about your day to day, unless your dad knows them. Hm. Kind of defeats the purpose. As a general story, this is weak; as a life lesson text, this is the pits.
Nydia Munoz
Jan 30, 2013 Nydia Munoz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: safety
This book teaches children the importance of only talking to people that they know. The children also get different scenarios that they can be exposed to and the also show how the children should go about the situation. The children also learn how to act when they are introduced to someone new. They learn to be polite and friendly only to those people that they know their name.

Learning Extension: Let children practice with one another how to introduce themselves properly and also how and what to
Kelly Workman
This book teaches the important lesson of not talking to strangers in a way that is silly for young children. It also teaches the difference between people who your friends and family introduce you to, and people who truly are strangers. This book is a great book complete with colorful illustrations, and I will always keep this book in the back of my mind for teaching, parenting, and nannying purposes.
Gina Erb
Oct 18, 2015 Gina Erb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Never Talk to Strangers teaches young children that they should be careful who they talk to and never talk to somebody that they don't know, unless they are introduced to them through their parents or friends. This is a great book for children from the ages of three to kindergarten. The rhyming withing the book makes it a fun book to read aloud.
Dec 05, 2010 Cornelius rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For kindergarten children, this is an excellent book to read to teach children about who and not to talk too. I would use this book in the classroom to as a read aloud to discuss with children different situations that they may encounter a stranger and what to do. The book is filled with colors and shapes to inform children in a kid way that strangers come in all shapes, colors, and forms.
Kristina Bulluck
I think that this book would be good for younger children becaause it teaches them to not talk to someone that they do not know. The ryhmes were a little silly but it could just help to lighten the situation.

LE: We would talk about how to introduce yourself to someone that you are meeting for the first time.
Alissa (In Wonderland)✨
This is by far one of the most memorable books from my childhood. This book is a great introduction to the important concept of "stranger danger," and does so in a way that gets through to kids without necessarily scaring them..
Cassi Dick
Apr 29, 2013 Cassi Dick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book because it teaches children all the scenarios they could fint themselves in with strangers. This would be a good book to read to students more than once to make sure they understand the importance of not talking to strangers. I would read ages 5-9.
Mary Tauzier
Sep 12, 2015 Mary Tauzier rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My children loved this book. They are adults now and still think it is a great read. I love the way it rhymes...and teaches children to...'not talk to strangers'. The rhyming makes for easy reading by very young children. And added touch is teaching a sense of humor.
Sep 29, 2011 Kate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture
Not only was this my favorite book to have my mother read to me, but my favorite past time was to talk to all the strangers on our block. After babbling with strangers I would repeat, "never talk to strangers!" as a warning before going on my merry way.
Hayley Bowman
Nov 28, 2016 Hayley Bowman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a good, fun book to get the moral across of never talking to strangers. It is an easy read, for those beginning readers and it is fun and yes the characters may be fictional but the morals and what is being talked about is facts.
Mar 20, 2008 Holliann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
I loved this book as a child, but now with my own children it is funny to see how they react to it. They think that every animal at Sea World is a stranger, not the guy that they don't know. It is funny!
Mixed feelings on this book that makes light rhymes about stranger danger. Not so much written as a message as a rhyming playful ditty about a serious topic of life or death. Am I being too dramatic? Sigh!
Nice little rhyming story about stranger danger
Jan 20, 2017 Maki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My Mom read this to me as a kid. I loved the illustrations and the poetry.
Aug 02, 2016 Kristina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
although this book is dated, I thought that it was cute. the illustrations were good and the book kept all 3 of my kids attention. I can even remember one of my teachers reading this book.
Aug 24, 2010 Danielle rated it it was amazing
Apparently there was a TV special based on this book, but I don't remember it. I remember the book, though, and it holds up surprisingly well, decades later.
Dec 14, 2009 Ainsley rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
this book is very weird because the people don't talk to strangers but they are actually animals.
Oct 07, 2011 Ashley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Blast from the past! I had this book when I was a kid... I'm going to try to find it for my kids. Good way to deliver that "stranger danger" message.
Feb 05, 2009 Karlie rated it it was amazing
This book taught me soooo much. I still, to this day, look back on this for advice.
Mar 26, 2009 Sierra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yes it is my FAVORITE! Except for not when Mikayla reads it to me over the phone :P
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