Summary: A teacher tells the children in her class to talk to an adult if they are being sexually abused.
As I read this story, I teared up. I like that someone had the courage to address an issue that needs discussing, but people are afraid to address in picture books.
For this story, I will focus on the ELEMENT OF PLOT.
REGINA LILLIAN HADWIG (main character) is assigned to room 204, Mrs. Salvador’s room. Mrs. Salvador start off by telling her students that they may be able to get away with things – shoving dirty socks under the bed when you are supposed to clean your room and heap toys in the closet – but not in room 204. In room 204, they keep their desks neat. She stated that even though they do things and get away with it, not in room 204. She had high expectation for her students and they delivered. One day, she encouraged her student to let her know if someone touched them where “they shouldn’t.”
She said, “A stranger should not touch you anywhere a bathing suit covers.”
Regina Lillian Hadwig felt comfortable that the next morning, she went to school early and reported what was going on at home. I expected more from the ending. But it was not unpleasant. The author left it up to the reader to draw a conclusion as to what Mrs. Salvador did next.
I love the plot. I love the conflict of man versus self. The main character struggles with a secret she kept for a long time. A family member was sexually abusing her. I love how the author build up the trust between the students and their teacher. That is SO important. This was a great book. 😀