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Hands Are Not for Hitting
Revised & Updated Edition
Martine Agassi, Ph.D., and illustrated by Marieka Heinlen 
Hands Are Not for Hitting

“Hands are not for hitting. Hands are for saying hello. . .” And for playing, creating, helping, working, learning, encouraging, taking care of oneself, and so many more good things.

This fresh edition of a Free Spirit child behavior classic presents charming new illustrations along with the familiar encouraging message of the original. Psychologist Martine Agassi helps young children understand that violence is never okay, that they can manage their anger and other strong feelings, and that they're capable of positive, loving actions.

Especially at an age when children are interacting more with others and starting school, they need to know that hitting is unacceptable. Words tell—and pictures show—the many wonderful things kids can do with their hands instead of hitting.

Made to be read aloud, Hands Are Not for Hitting also includes a special section for adults, with ideas for things to talk about and activities to do together.

Recommended for anyone in a caring relationship with a young child; perfect for childcare, preschool, kindergarten, and early elementary school classrooms.

"Hands Are Not for Hitting" is a registered trademark of the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women, and is used with permission.

Part of the award-winning Best Behavior® series.


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40 pages, illustrated, softcover, full-color, 9" x 9", ISBN 978-1-57542-308-1

F&P: Grade 1/Ages 4–7/H
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  • Parent Council®  Selection
  • Parents' Choice Approved

“An excellent resource to refer to whenever your children or students need a reminder about calm and peaceful hands.”—Chasing Supermom blog

“Highly recommended for parents, teachers, clergy, childcare providers, but most importantly, for the world’s greatest resource—children.”—Childhelp

“Imagine raising your kids without the help of Goodnight Moon or Is Your Mama a Llama? or Hands Are Not for Hitting.”—Jennifer Garner, actress, Save the Children ambassador

“Offers youngsters an alternative to hitting and other forms of hurtful behavior, guiding them to a more peaceful and positive outcome in their dealings with other children.”—School Library Journal

“Highly recommended...ideal ‘read aloud’ book for parents and care givers.”—Midwest Book Review

“The simple but important message...helps children understand that they have the power to choose not to hurt people.”—Teaching Tolerance

Item No: 23081W

Price: $11.95


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