Volume 1 of the Allowed to Say NO! Series By Ralph F. Frank
In the first book of the Allowed to Say NO! series, children learn to pay attention to body feelings when they are uncomfortable with unwanted touch, to be as assertive as possible to prevent unsafe or inappropriate touch and to always ask trusted adults for support. We open up a child-friendly way of adults and children talking about body safety; no different than teaching a young child how to cross a street.
Jesse, an adventurous boy of 5, meets Lady B, a feisty karate-chopping but safety-conscious ladybug, on his Wishing Spot – the first branch of his backyard oak tree. Jesse heroically searches for hidden treasure, but sometimes it’s dangerous, and his instincts tell him something is unsafe; the same feeling he gets when his neighbour hugs him to tight. Jesse and Lady B navigate these adventures, not just with lifejackets and seatbelts, but with the secret power of instinct. Safety is a Tricky Business! Who to talk to in these worrying moments? Jesse sits on Granny’s red kitchen stool and listens when she says, “Feelings are like the wind. They blow and howl and shake everything and later it’s all quiet like they were never there. But sometimes they just don’t go away.” Granny tells Jesse, “If you get a No Feeling, you’re allowed to say ‘NO!’ and ask adults you trust for Help!