Never Say Yes To A Stranger
I plucked this from a youth non fiction collection of a small library. Was ready to toss just because its old, but the content starting creeping me out and I kept thinking this was a bit too graphic and scary for youth. This book is filled with kidnapping scenarios that would scare the wits out of anyone. I like the idea of stranger awareness but this one is just too much. Using photos, the author illustrates an actual abduction and resolution. Very detailed. Keep in mind I have only included about half the number of pictures, but you will get the drift of the story.
Young Hillary is walking home from a playdate when this man drives up and offers ice cream.
Hillary, of course, gets in the car and the they go off to the man’s house to get ice cream.
Hillary has now figured out that this isn’t going well.
Luckily, even though she was locked in a room, there was a telephone:
Remember, I only scanned a few pages this particular scenario went on for about 18 pages and then had a list of all of Hillary’s mistakes in going off with the stranger. There are about a dozen more scenarios with a similar theme and ice cream is usually the “weapon” of choice. Not really sure what to think. Does this type of material really work in thwarting kidnapping or creating awareness about strangers?