Posted by Alison Lopez-Ramirez on 4th Nov 2020
There is both good and evil in this world, and unfortunately, our precious children can be exposed to and experience some very dark and terrible things—nothing any child should have to endure. It's of the utmost importance that our children have a safe haven and that we teach them that they indeed have a voice and can express when they are hurt, scared, or abused. We must take their words and their actions seriously and do all in our power to protect them. Sexual abuse is rampant, and both children and adults need to be able to identify the warning signs and know what to do when faced with that trauma. Even when, and especially when it is someone we know and think we can trust!
In this book, you will meet Joetta and her three woodland puppets. Through these puppets and their stories, children will learn what is and what is not appropriate behavior. And what to do if faced with the same situations. They will learn that it's okay to say “NO,” “STOP,” and to use their voice to prevent anyone from touching them or hurting them in any way that makes them uncomfortable.
Marie Pflugrad is a retired special education teacher with a bachelor of arts in early childhood education and a master's of education in special education. She currently resides in North Dakota with her husband and enjoys being a substitute teacher. Much of her time is spent doing visitations and music ministry alongside her husband, who is a pastor. She and her husband play the guitar and perform gospel music, as well as some of her original songs. Her hobbies include writing, birding, kayaking, photography, and crocheting. She enjoys anything to do with the outdoors and has a zest for life.