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My Body Is Private

4.04  ·  Rating Details ·  76 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
A mother-child conversation introduces the topic of sexual abuse and ways to keep one's body private.
Paperback, 26 pages
Published January 1st 1984 by Albert Whitman & Company
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Jun 12, 2010 Carrie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: counseling, kids
I think this book is great for sexual abuse prevention. It doesn't just jump into talking about sexual touching, but eases into it, which will probably make both kids and parents more comfortable talking about this issue.
So many children's books trying to address the issue of molestation/sexual abuse are all about "stranger danger" with seedy men offering children candy or asking for help to find their dog. Stranger danger culture has made our society one filled with terror - no adult, especially male, has the option to help a child the see who might be lost or in danger for fear of having their life ruined by the mere impression that he might have the opportunity to sexually assault a child. I see that culture ...more
Kris Odahowski
Sep 01, 2014 Kris Odahowski rated it really liked it
This book provides a frank narrative for families, who want to begin a dialog on protecting oneself from abuse and standing up to a abuser with a trusting adult. In this story the main character does not face abuse but physical closeness from a brother and Uncle that she finds uncomfortable. Her parents tell her to always tell someone if someone touches her on her private parts. Read this on an android phone book is in the Libraries ebook collection.
Jan 28, 2014 Angela rated it it was amazing
Excellent book. I'll be getting a copy. I like how she talks about unwanted tickling as well as inappropriate sexual contact. The book starts by talking about privacy (her own room, her mail, etc) and then her body. Parts that are harder to work into a story are presented as dialogue between Julie and her mother. The book is not scary in any way - the mom says it probably won't happen, but Julie needs to know what to do just in case, like how she knows what to do if there is a fire.
May 03, 2015 Jae rated it liked it
A useful book about body privacy, autonomy/consent, good touching, and bad touching. The illustrations are unfortunate. It would be worth it to release a new edition with updated resources at the back and more attractive illustrations.
May 20, 2016 Cindy added it
Excellent book.
I got this book for free after the Spring 2009 Friends of the Library book sale.

The writing is a bit heavy handed, but I guess it's not easy to come up with a light-hearted romp about kids protecting themselves from sexual abuse.

I like that the main character in this book gets her privacy and that her dad tells her big brother that in their family no means no, even when it comes to tickle fights. (I wish someone had told my dad he had to stop tickling me when I didn't like it.)
Sarah Davis
May 09, 2012 Sarah Davis rated it it was amazing
This book is broken into two parts. the first part is a short version of Julie's story and how her body is private and who can touch her and about nice touches. this first part is good for preschoolers if they aare being taught about their bodies. The second part takes the first part and adds more to the story and goes into more depth. This part of the book is great for elementry grades when teaching about the body and private areas.
Apr 25, 2015 Stella rated it liked it
This is a great text to aid in teaching children about keeping their bodies private, however, I do wish a newer version could be published. The pictures reflect the publishing date of 1984, and I think if it were more current, it would be more interesting to students. Overall, this is an excellent resource for helping to prevent childhood sexual abuse.
Apr 09, 2008 Jill rated it liked it
Shelves: homeschool
This is a great book to introduce privacy and the responsibility each child has to keep their bodies private, showing the reader other things that are private (bedrooms that say keep out, etc.) - but not disturbing to the point where children would be afraid of any and every touch or suspicious of everyone.
Apr 09, 2008 lily rated it really liked it
I learned that you have to keep your body private and it's okay to tell people you don't like it when they touch you. And to always tell your parents if someone touches you in private spots, and even the doctor has to ask you first.
Oct 10, 2009 Cana rated it really liked it
Mommy says; A good book about keeping your body private that does not freak out your kid with scary what-ifs.
Mr. Pe Mr. Pe
this is a great book and i recommend it to everyone
Sep 13, 2016 Renee rated it liked it
Shelves: kids
Out of date, but still delivers perfectly.
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