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Wednesday, Sep 18, 2019

Book Review: Author K Krishna’s book is about empowering kids against sexual abuse

Part of the Watch Out series, No Touch, is a well illustrated book that teaches kids the difference between a good and a bad touch.

books Updated: Sep 20, 2017 14:54 IST
Medha Shri Dahiya
Medha Shri Dahiya
Hindustan Times
Cover of the book No Touch by author K Krishna.
Cover of the book No Touch by author K Krishna.

Cases of child sexual abuse have risen like a nightmare-inducing epidemic. Sadly, the predator could be anyone – a family member, a friendly neighbour, a teacher, even school bus conductor. The danger could be from known or unknown person, and to kids of any age. Seems like children aren’t safe anywhere. Thus, it becomes extremely important that kids are told about good-touch and bad-touch early on.

But how do you teach them the difference between a good and a bad touch in a language that they understand? Can the same be taught to pre-schoolers? Some of those answers will be put to ease by the well-illustrated book, No Touch. The book is part of the watch out series.

It narrates the story of a bright little girl Sargam, who loves mysteries. One day she finds that her friend has been inappropriately touched and has been asked to not share the ‘secret’ with anyone. Sargam helps her friend. And also tells her younger sister about the touches, to scream if someone troubles her, and to never keep secrets from parents.

With the help of Sargam, the book attempts to empower kids by giving them the essentials tools against child sexual abuse. Parents will find the book effective in teaching their kids the same. Kids will enjoy going through it, thanks to the fun storytelling and colourful illustrations. Have the talk, start the conversation with the help of this book.

  • Title: No Touch
  • Author: K Krishna
  • Publisher: Scholastic India
  • Price: Rs 199

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First Published: Sep 20, 2017 14:54 IST