by Deputy Sheriff Robert Kahn
Series: Bobby and Mandee's Safety Series
Publisher: Future Horizons
Release Date: October 2001
Genre: picture book
format available: paperback
Most children, especially children on the autism spectrum, accept adults' friendliness at face value. Sometimes it can have tragic consequences. Written by a Deputy Sheriff, this book is credited with foiling at least 22 stranger abductions. Characters Bobby and Mandee explain stranger danger in a way that is accessible, but not frightening, for children.
I want to start at the back. There is a coloring page and a place to write down safe names and telephone numbers. I'm mixed about this - first, it's important info and I love to color. On the other hand, I don't want to teach kids it is okay to write/color in books. That's just me being picky.
There are a couple of other important pages at the end of the book. A list of question you can go over with your child to help reinforce what was learned. A list of safe adults such as a store clerk, when working, or the telephone worker, make sure you can see his truck. The final important page is about teaching your child about 911, such as when to call and when not to call.
This is a picture book in that there are drawings, few words and a large-size font.
Yes, that's duplicated from Too Smart for Bullies (review). There is also a spot to write in your code word.
This book is SCARY. Bobby isn't around much to save the day or even give good advice. The book goes over the difference between good strangers and bad strangers nicely and even though I expected it, I kind of jumped when Mandee reaches for the suckers and the BAD stranger grabs her.
We're brought up to be nice to everyone (or at least I hope so), this book tells us to be nice as well EXCEPT when an adult you don't know well tries to talk to you without your parent's being there. There are different scenarios with the solution.
I remember doing a code word with my kids. I also remember letting them leave my side when shopping but I always called out "children" when I was ready to go so people wouldn't hear me call out their names.
The author recommends role-playing this book with you and your child taking turns being the stranger. I'd recommend switching it up by also playing a good stranger who doesn't make the "safe adult" list.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary review copy of this book without any obligation to write a positive review. The opinions expressed in this post are mine and may differ from yours. Book information courtesy of the author, amazon, and the book itself.
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