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Hands Are Not for Hitting (original 2002; edition 2002)

by Martine Agassi, Marieka Heinlen (Illustrator)

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Title:Hands Are Not for Hitting
Authors:Martine Agassi
Other authors:Marieka Heinlen (Illustrator)
Info:Free Spirit Pub (2002), Hardcover, 24 pages
Collections:Your library
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Hands Are Not for Hitting by Martine Agassi (Author) (2002)

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Summary: Hands come in all different colors shapes and sizes. They are used for communicating, helping, learning counting, painting etc., not ever for hitting. The story tells some reasons people may hit, but also gives the readers the right words to use instead. Hitting is never the answer, our hands are for so many other things.
Person Reaction This story hits the nail on the head. It is a lesson that every 2 year old and up can learn from. I enjoy this story because not only does it explain that hitting is not kind, but it informs what hands can be used for. This is a good form of redirection. It is also neat that it explains some reasons that we or our friends may want to hit, and what some other good ideas can be such as using our words. I also enjoyed how the book is culturally diverse in that it speaks all different languages to say hello and goodbye.
Class Extension Ideas:
1. Role Play. Ask for volunteers to stand in front of the class and act out a scenario where they can use their new found "tools."
2. Trace hands on a giant piece of paper in a circle to represent helping hands working together.
  copeland86 | Jul 19, 2014 |
It's never too soon for children to learn that violence is never okay, hands can do many good things, and everyone is capable of positive, loving actions. In this bright, inviting, durable board book, simple words and full-color illustrations teach these important concepts in ways even very young children can understand. Created in response to requests from parents, preschool teachers, and childcare providers, this book belongs everywhere young children are. Includes tips for parents and caregivers.
  ThePinesLibrary | Apr 21, 2014 |
A good book for children to understand that hands are use for good things and not hitting. It also have tips and ideas on how to deal when upset.

Age:3-6
Source:Pierce College Library ( )
  Gelettie | Mar 21, 2014 |
teaches how we can uses our hands and what is good and bad hand use and that hitting is not ok.
Pierce ECE Class
3-7
  veronicar6189 | Mar 8, 2014 |
This book is about all the things you can do with your hands. It goes on and tells you what you cannot do with your hands including hitting.

Ages 3-7

Source: ECE collection
  RachelHollingsworth | Mar 1, 2014 |
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Heinlen, MariekaIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
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This is a staple book that is often revisited in Head Start preschool classroom especially when establishing classroom rules at the start of the school year. Another great part about this book is that it provides teachers with two informational pages on children and violence and ideas for discussion starters in the classroom to talk about hitting.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 157542200X, Board book)

It’s never too soon for children to learn that violence is never okay, hands can do many good things, and everyone is capable of positive, loving actions.

In this bright, inviting, durable board book, simple words and full-color illustrations teach these important concepts in ways even very young children can understand.

Created in response to requests from parents, preschool teachers, and childcare providers, this book belongs everywhere young children are.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:23:40 -0400)

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Teaches even the youngest children to use their hands for fun and to understand that hitting is never okay.

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