Saturday, November 19, 2011

What Does It Mean To Be Safe? Tour Stops By

I’m delighted today to be a part of the virtual blog tour for a delightful book that will aid adults in their endeavor to teach safety to youngsters.

While I’m not a parent myself (my four-legged, furry children don’t count here), I can still see how this book will be an amazing tool for parents, grandparents or any caregiver of youngsters. Let me share my thoughts with you and please share yours with me.

Safe cover Capture 
Trying to teach your children to be safe can be a difficult task for both parent and child.
It seems the more you try to press a point, the less attention they pay. They may even say the appropriate responses of yes or okay so you’ll finish. But does the message really stay with them?

Author Rana DiOrio has created a fun way for youngsters to learn without it feeling like they’re learning. WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE SAFE? tackles the important issue of explaining personal safety. The book does it in such a way to empower youngsters rather than stressing don’t do this or don’t that.

The beautiful illustrations by Sandra Salsburg enhances the book. The colorful artwork demonstrates what the author is explaining in wonderful detail. Youngsters will be able to learn through the illustrations as they relate to the characters. So they learn by reading and looking at the delightful artwork without it seeming like a lecture.

DiOrio begins the story with a humorous look at what being safe isn’t. Then she smoothly changes to express the real issues such as fastening your seat belt, not sharing information with strangers, or using the buddy system when you swim or hike. She explores not only physical safety, but also emotional, social, and cyber safety.

This is the 4th installment in DiOrio’s What Does It Mean To Be….Picture Book Series. The books are printed in an environmentally-friendly manner using recycled paper, soy inks, and green packaging.

During this virtual book tour, Little Pickle Press is offering a free book-related poster and free shipping when you purchase a copy of this educational book. Just check out this link and enter the code BBTSAFE to receive the free poster and free shipping. The poster is made of TerraSkinn, the tree-free paper.

Rana Bio Picture 2DiOrio is an investor, investment banker, lawyer, and the mother of three children. She is also the founder and CEO of Little Pickle Press which is dedicated to helping parents and educators cultivate conscious, responsible little people by stimulating explorations of the meaningful topics of their generation through a variety of media, technologies, and techniques. 

For more on her, her writing, and Little Pickle Press, check out their website, their blog, find them on Facebook, and on Twitter

Here is the cute book trailer for your enjoyment. It will show just how delightful the book is.

What Does It Mean To Be Safe? by Rana DiOrio, Illustrated by Sandra Salsbury, Little Pickle Press, @2011, ISBN: 9780982993866, Hardcover

FTC Full Disclosure - A pdf of this book was sent to me by the tour host in hopes I would review it as part of this blog tour. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.

Do you think this would be helpful to parents trying to teach safety? How do you stress safety to your youngsters? Thanks so much for stopping by today.


  1. Mason - What a very good idea for a book! Safety is, of course, such an important issue, so anything that can help our kids behave more safely is a good thing. It sound like it really would be a useful too - thanks!

  2. Sound like a good book for all children and their parents!

  3. This looks like a wonderful tool. It's definitely something I would want to read to my granddaughter. Thanks for posting.

  4. What a terrific explanation and review of the book. I particularly like that these books are environmentally-printed and the TerraSkin poster is cool, too.

  5. Another great review. I am so excited about this book. Wish I had lots of grandkids to buy it for.

  6. My favorite part of introducing this book to parents, grandparents, and educators is receiving feedback that the book sparks important, and often unexpected, conversations with children. In so doing, children and their adults hone their abilities to be safe. Thanks so much for hosting, Mason. ~ Rana

  7. A great tool for teaching kids about safety. I loved the trailer.


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