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Reviewed by Vernita Naylor for Readers' Favorite
Author Yael Feder is back with I've Got a Secret! (Big Concepts for Little Ones) with illustrations by Asya Aizenstein and translations by Jessica Setbon. One day Tammy and her friend, Amy, were talking in hushed voices when Tammy’s brother, Guy, wanted to know what they were talking about. Tammy told Guy that she couldn’t because they were sharing a secret. Then the conversation about secrets surfaced again in class when Ms. Violet gave the children an assignment to divulge what types of secrets should and should not be shared. When Guy went home, he was still upset about Tammy and Amy’s secret but he was reminded that he too had secrets that he never shared with Tammy. It is important in today’s culture that children feel protected and confident enough to tell an adult or someone older when they feel harassed, unsafe, or told to keep a secret hidden. Children need to also be taught about boundaries, even with those closest to them, without feeling obligated to accept just any type of behavior.
Every child needs a copy of I've Got a Secret! (Big Concepts for Little Ones) by Yael Feder because it will help them to better understand that they are not alone. Also, children will discover what’s a good secret and a bad one, as well as the impact that keeping a secret can have on the body. I enjoyed reading this beautifully illustrated book. Children are innocent and want to please others, which can cause them to feel embarrassed when faced with experiencing uncertain behaviors from others like bullying or an unwanted touch. It can be hard for children when they feel threatened, coerced with gifts, or told that they would no longer be loved if they told the secret. This is why it is important to talk to your child before they are faced with these types of incidents so that they will be ready and prepared. If you need tools to help navigate conversations with your children about secrets, add this book to your library. Highly recommended!