Read My Book Reviews
I love this book. I’ve tried to talk about Stranger Danger with my 5 and 6 year old children, but what do you say so that you don’t frighten them or rob them of their love of people, their extraverted nature and their innocence? Joshua and Stranger Danger is a lovely story which covers this issue in a very easy manner. It takes kids on an adventure with a boy who finds himself in a dangerous situation, and shows exactly how to stay safe and what to do. It explains why the situation was dangerous and how people in authority would behave if something terrible happened. It opens up so many opportunities for discussion. I loved how my kids instantly had an affinity for Joshua and engaged meaningfully with the book. We had our own stranger danger strategy before, but I think the kids understand the why’s and how’s more after reading this book. I’m extremely grateful to Joan E Derrick for writing it. I’m sure Australian kids will be more empowered and alert thanks to this wonderful book.”Joan, not only have you tackled a vital topic but you have done so in a way that encourages children to wholeheartedly accept your message. Joshua and Stranger Danger is like the next generation of the stranger danger message…empowering the children to know rather than just ‘obey’ the message. Michelle Croner
Congratulations on an excellent offering and novel approach to this vexing issue.” ~ Eddie Albrecht
“I think it will be a worthwhile series, taking a different perspective on common problems of childhood, such as stranger danger and bullying. They will help children become more self-reliant, by feeling as if they have a spirit guide or guardian angel nearby, ready to be of help.
Her style is lovely, and children will identify with the little boy Joshua and hopefully be helped by the stories. They will be useful both at school and at home. She has worked hard to bring them to a publishable standard.” ~ Dr. Virginia Lowe
“It’s an awesome story!”– Clare 14 yr old high school student.
“I’ve had a read. I think the story is great. I think there are some great opportunities to bring the story into classrooms as a learning resource, notably at the start of the year whilst teaching diversity perhaps. I also like the idea of using it to remind everyone of stranger danger, and that could be used during a support session or ‘circle time.” – Buj Marriott
“It’s a good story. I hope Joan writes another one soon.” Parker 8yr old primary school student.
Thank you for the wonderful book on Stranger Danger. I borrowed it from the Eidsvold library last week and read it to my 5 & 6 year old kids this morning. We had some great discussions. I particularly liked the Spirit Guide. It is such a well written story with so many elements for discussion. Thanks again. Michelle Croner. Eidsvold.