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Those Deadly Strangers

The Dangers of Strangers
Vogel and Goldner
1983

Stranger Danger was all the rage in the 80s. I think this particular book takes the cake in victim blaming and scaring the crap out of any kid and adult. (I slept with the light on after I read this book.) Nice graphic scenarios on kidnapping are laid out in color for the kids to really get a feel for the terror. Not much on prevention either. I guess the kids are doomed. The message was loud and clear: Don’t let this happen to you.

Can we PLEASE retire the whole “strangers are scary” genre for the picture book crowd? From what I understand, kids need to be more afraid of people they actually know.

Mary

More strangers on the loose:

It’s Okay to Say “Don’t”

Prevent Kidnapping with Stories

To Catch a Predator

Stranger Danger (Again)

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