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NOT IN ROOM 204 by Shannon Riggs


by Shannon Riggs & illustrated by Jaime Zollars

Age Range: 5 - 8

Pub Date: March 1st, 2007
ISBN: 0-8075-5764-1
Publisher: Whitman

Regina Lillian Hadwig loves Room 204. Her teacher, Mrs. Salvador, makes sure that all of the children follow the rules. Desks are kept neat, wisecracks are not allowed and there is no fighting. “In Room 204, we keep our bodies to ourselves,” Mrs. Salvador says. When the class does a unit on Stranger Danger, Mrs. Salvador mentions that it’s not only strangers who touch children in ways they shouldn’t be touched, and tells the class in no uncertain terms that she knows exactly how to help if any of them has such a problem. When Regina comes in early the next morning and reveals that her father has been touching her inappropriately, Mrs. Salvador repeats that she knows exactly what to do, and unburdened and relaxed, Regina is now ready for a new day at school. Overall, the text is strong and graceful, the story manages to avoid proselytizing and appealing illustrations grace the pages. If the ending is pat, it may serve a purpose: comforting readers. A good choice for parents and teachers who plan to address safety and molestation with children. (Picture book. 5-8)