Thursday, January 31, 2013

What Does It Mean To Be Safe? by Rana DiOrio, illustrated by Sandra Salsbury ~ GIVEAWAY

About Book 

2011 Mom's Choice Award Gold Medal
Children need easy guidelines to help them understand how to protect themselves and feel secure in their environments. Rana DiOrio's newest addition to her award-winning series explores physical, emotional, social and cyber safety in unthreatening ways that spark meaningful conversation between adults and children about staying safe.
  • ISBN-13: 9781619890077
  • Publisher: Little Pickle Press LLC
  • Publication date: 11/14/2011
  • Series: What Does It Mean To Be?
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
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About Author

Rana DiOrio, was born in Providence, RI and grew up in a colorful Italian-American family. Her curiosity about the world began in kindergarten, while studying Western access to China and, obviously, panda bears. As a political science major/psychology minor in college, and then as a law student, she became fascinated with understanding perspective, and how just about any person, place, thing, or situation can be interpreted in so many valid ways.

“I believe that I have two ears, two eyes and one mouth intentionally, so I listen and observe more than I talk,” she explains. “As a result, I think I’m better able to respect and appreciate diversity.” Rana’s inspiration for writing What Does It Mean To Be Global? was the election of President Barack Obama and explaining its significance, on so many levels, to her children.
Rana has written her way through life–as a student, a lawyer, an investment banker, a private equity investor, and now as an author and publisher of children’s picture books. Her interests include practicing yoga, reading non-fiction, dreaming, effecting positive change, and, of course, being global, green, and present. She lives in Tiburon, California with her three Little Pickles. 

Rana DiOrio, Founder & Chief Executive Pickle 
of Little Pickle Press 

I am an investor, investment banker, lawyer, and now Founder and CEO of Little Pickle Press. You can read more about my professional credentials at:

One thing I am proud of:
Being the mommy of three happy little pickles
Two of my heroes: 
1. Nelson Mandela
2. Oprah Winfrey
Three things I am really good at:
1. Multitasking
2. Listening (while not multitasking)
3. Giving
Four things on my Bucket List:
1. Return to South Africa with my children to take them on safari
2. Travel to Australia and New Zealand with my family
3. Write a novel
4. Establish a private foundation and give away what I've earned in this lifetime
Five ways I am present is when:
1. I have one-on-one conversations with my children about stuff that matters
2. I practice yoga (most of the time!)
3. I am at the beach
4. I am holding someone I love
5. I write
Six of my favorite children's books:
1. Caps For Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
2. The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds
3. Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems
4. One by Kathryn Otoshi
5. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig
6. That Rabbit Belongs To Emily Brown by Cressida Cowell

About Illustrator
Sandra Salsbury grew up in the redwood forests of the Santa Cruz Mountains in California. She received her BFA and MFA in illustration from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. As well as illustrating, Sandra teaches art classes and works at her local schools.
When illustrating What Does It Mean To Be Safe?, Sandra thought about the time when she felt safest—as a child running though the forest, morning, noon, and night. Being safe is not just about following rules, but also about being happy with who you are and the life you have.
  When she is not drawing, Sandra enjoys reading, hiking, cooking, and attempting to do yoga (with limited success). She still lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and often returns to the forests where she grew up in for hiking and picnics.

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What Does It Mean To Be Safe?
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My Thoughts
In this story a young boy contemplates what it means to be safe.  He recalls being called safe as he played baseball.  Then maybe if he was locked up in his room he would be safe.   But this is not the kind of safe they are talking about in this book.  Safe is making right decisions not letting peers persuade you into doing something you know is not safe.  Keeping information like your address, phone number and other private information that could lead to an unsafe situation and more. 

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Stated in the description of about this series:
  • Physical safety 
  • Emotional safety
  • Social safety
  • Cyber safety
It explores in unthreatening ways that spark meaningful conversation between adults and children about staying safe.

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It is necessary to discuss the dangers our children may face when a trusted adult is not around to guide the child.  Even the smallest child needs to be safe.  This book will help without scaring or threatening the child.  

The author writes this story so they can understand and along with the illustrations they will be able to relate to the different situations and hopefully keep them in mind if ever a similar situation occurs.  

I really appreciate the Green fact the publisher states, "We print and distribute their materials in an environmentally-friendly manner, using recycled paper, soy inks, and green packaging."  

I highly recommend this book.

I rated this book 5 out of 5.

Disclosure:  I received a free copy of this book from Little Pickle Press for review.  I was in no way compensated for this review.  It is my honest opinion.


  1. This was the book that caused my family to fall in love with Little Pickle Press! It covers a lot of important points but is never preachy or plastic. The lesson plans work for homeschoolers and classrooms alike. Thank you for this wonderful review!

  2. Patricia, thank you for this wonderful review of What Does It Mean To Be Safe? This is such an important book, and I love that it empowers children, rather than lecturing them, and as you mention "without scaring or threatening the child."

  3. For me, the two take-away messages of this book are: (1) listen to your inner voice and it will guide you to safety; and (2) if your inner voice is telling you that you are not safe, then seek the help of a trustworthy adult. I have found that this book is a great catalyst for important conversations with children. Thanks for the terrific review, Patricia.

  4. This seems to me to be a very important topic. Children need to know how to keep themselves safe without being scared about it. Thanks for the review.

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