NONFICTION

Under Our Clothes: Our First Talk About Our Bodies

Orca. (World Around Us: Bk. 5). Sept. 2019. 32p. notes. Tr $19.95. ISBN 9781459820975.
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Gr 1-3–Dr. Roberts tackles the topics of body image, safety, and consent in this nonfiction selection for young readers. Throughout the text, various illustrated children ask the narrator pertinent questions about different situations involving their bodies. The narrator then answers these questions while further information is supplied in sidebars and photographs. Roberts does an excellent job of addressing questions that come up from young children pertaining to bodily safety, acceptance, and consent. Such issues are difficult discussions. In the text, they are appropriately addressed and explained. Heinrichs’s illustrations complement the photography that accompanies each discussion point.
VERDICT A cheery and bouyant introduction to timely and imperative topics for young readers; especially useful in a guidance setting.

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