Don’t get kidnapped … Don’t get scooped!

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I love and own most of the books shown above!
Today, I want to talk to you about the book Smarter than the Scoopers


Laura Candler has put together an amazing Julia Cook linky party over at her fabulous blog Corkboard Connections .  Julia's books are amazing, and the book Smarter than the Scoopers might save the life of a child you love. 

Talking about kidnapping is hard.  About a year ago (before buying the book), I sat down with my son to talk about strangers. But my problem was the words “The person might kill you or torture you!” were always on the tip of my tongue.  Of course, I was not going to say that to my 6 year old. But in an effort to find other words, I fumbled around, he looked confused, and I ended up talking about strangers being dangerous, and left it at that.

This is what happened later that same day:  
Location: Target
Motherhood Moment: Epic Fail
I asked the Target clerk where to find duct tape.
Jackson: Yelled in a very angry voice, 
Me: "Jackson, don't scream at Target. You are with me, and you are not getting kidnapped!"

There must be a better way, and there is.
A Google search led me to my new favorite author, Julia Cook. She is a former school counselor who knows how to write books that kids can relate to. She write about various social issues and in this case wrote a book about avoiding being kidnapped. 

The book Smarter than the Scoopers, by Julia Cook is the perfect way to discuss ways to stay safe. The book talks only briefly about the “bad guys” called scoopers, rather it spends the majority of the time focused on what any child can do to stay safe.

 The goal of the book is not being on the look out for or "finding scoopers". Lord have mercy! I hope my son never finds a scooper. The book is about not being an easy target! 


One of the reasons I love all of Julia Cook’s books are the pages that lay out the rules or tips. They actually look like little anchor charts.  They are simple to read, remember, and apply.

 Now for the fun part. SCOOP is actually an acronym! Kids love acronyms and it makes the material easy to recall.  So what does “scoop” stand for?

S  – be SMART

C – use you CALL list
O – zerO talking to strangers
O – keep strangers OUT of your personal space
P – always PAIR up

These 5 personal safety tips can save a child’s life.  This book is delightful and handles a very hard subject with a light touch.  

Flash back to the scene at Target.
If we had read the book sooner, the conversation could have gone like this...
 My ideal response:  "You know buddy, you are right! He is a stranger, but let's think of what we learned from the book Scoop. This man is wearing a red shirt and has a name tag. He works here. We are paired up.  He is not in our personal space, and you are with your Mom. That makes us safe right now.  We will not follow him out of the store. We will just follow him to the duct tape isle."

This book gives me a better vocabulary for dealing with keeping my son safe and the fears that creep into my mind as I am falling asleep at night. "Will he know what to do?" After reading this book, I can yes.  He will be smart about scoopers.

I created this freebie to go with Julia Cook's book.  I hope it help kids make their own anchor chart and to write about their thoughts. Click {here} to download the freebie. Click {here} to buy Julia's amazing book Scoop

Don't let your child get SCOOPED up by a stranger- A freebie from Teacher to the CoreDon't let your child get scooped up by a stranger- A freebie from Teacher to the Core (2)Don't let your child get SCOOPED up by a stranger- A freebie from Teacher to the Core (3)
 I hope that the people you love never meet a scooper!
In case you want to buy the book Scoop. I am offering a $10 Amazon gift card to my readers!

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  1. I am between a 7 and an 8. I grew up in the town where Jaycee Lee Duggard was kidnapped, so it used to be a constant worry. As they get older it has gotten better.

  2. I don't have kids of my own but I worry about my cousins boys as they like to wander off on their own.

    Christina :)
    Apples, Books, and Crayons

  3. My kids are 20 and 15 now but I was probably about a 5 when they were growing up. I just couldn't be paranoid. It isn't good for anyone. Sure I wanted them safe but I had to believe they would be OK.

  4. No kids of my own, but I'm grown and my dad still worries about me. I think it's worse that I'm across country. I can imagine that I would worry a lot if my kiddos were away from me :)

  5. My kids are 9 and and 5 and I would say 9.5. I try to give them some space but it is very hard cause our world is a scary place! It is not the world we grew up in.

  6. Julia Cook's books are great! I really like "My Mouth is a Volcano!" and "A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue." I haven't heard of "Scoop" before, but I think it is an important message to share with young kids. I live in a very small town where almost everyone knows everyone else so it can be hard to teach the kids how to be safe around strangers without being rude and disrespectful to people that they might meet in town.

  7. I'd say I'm at a 7. I'd like to think my 6 year old would know what to do. But she and my 3 year old are so social and talk to people everywhere we go.
    I really need to get this book!

  8. Worry Scale 1-10 I am about an emotional 7 or 8, but a whole bunch of this has to do with trusting God. I am about a 9 on vigilance. Jackson was at a pizza party and took off to play games with the boys. Mr. Knight asked "Where is Jackson?" Mr Knight is a 10 on the worry scale. I love him for it. My answer was, "In the arcade (about 4 feet away with a half wall between us). I can hear him from a mile away." I think Mr. Knight might not have approved. But Jackson had also promised to stay with his buddy, and he is getting a "little" older. I have to let him go in tiny safe steps, because I figure I have two years maybe 3 before he is going to want to ride his bike to the park ALONE. (Our park is 1 street over). I have got to pour common sense and problem solving into his brain and give him the opportunity to use it. I have to take a step back and peel off one layer of bubble wrap, so my child can grow up as an unafraid, mindful, thinker. This book teaches them to be thinkers! All of her books teach them to be thinkers.

  9. No kids, but I am a pretty big worrier about my niece and nephews. When they lived 6 houses down from me, I used to look out the window when they came through the backyard to my house.

  10. I about a 5. My kids are too friendly at times if that makes sense.

  11. I find that I worry more the older I get! I'm about a 6 of course it depends on where they are and who they are with.

  12. My son is an adult now, but when he was little I worried about a six.

  13. I don't have a child, but I think if I did, I would probably be a 7 or 8.

  14. My kids are in their 20's and I still worry! Put me at 6-7 even still!

  15. I don't have any children. :-/ But I tell my students all the time that it is my job to keep them safe, and I do take my job seriously!

    Blooming In First

    1. Erica, I hear you about protecting the students. They are so vulnerable!

  16. I am probably a 7-8. My kids are 8th grade, a sophomore and a senior in high school so I probably don't worry as much as I did when they were younger. Now the worries are different...thank goodness I have responsible young men that I trust to make the right decisions even when I am not with them.


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