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Murray’s Wings is a book that has been designed to read with children to stimulate discussion about what is private and personal safety. If you visit a local falconry or raptor rescue centre you may get the opportunity to hold a bird of prey, you may wish to stroke it but mostly you will be told “no”. This is because human hands can remove protective oils and feathers can be easily damaged. In the story Murray’s wings are touched by someone looking after him and he is told to keep it a secret. Within the story Murray’s behaviour changes and we know there is something wrong. When he finally tells his carer about his experience she is able to help him, to reassure him and to ensure that it doesn’t happen again.
This book aims to help you to talk to children about safe and appropriate touch
Teacher feedback :
The children understood the point very well about there being a right and wrong way to stroke Murray. The next day when I continued the learning they were able to tell me exactly where you could stroke him and why there were areas where you could not stroke him. When we talked further I asked them about where they liked to be touched or cuddled and where they didn’t think it would be nice for someone to touch them. It was an easy link in learning from the story to understanding that they are in control of who touches them and they always have the right to say no if they do not like it. We did an interesting talk about going to the doctors and dentist and came to the conclusion that sometimes you need to be touched even if you do not like it if you are poorly or you need to make sure your teeth are okay.
All of the children did not like the fact that Murray was asked to keep a secret from Anita. We talked about good and bad secrets and how they should never be asked to keep a secret they do not want to – especially if someone is being mean to them or making them feel hurt or sad.
“I felt sorry for Murray and was so glad he told Anita at the end. You should always tell a grown up if you are worried.”
“I liked the book because the pictures were really big and you could see everything clearly.”
“I think the man was naughty to touch Murray and Murray should have told Anita straight away.”
“This was a very gentle way of introducing and talking about a very difficult subject. No parent likes to think of their child having any harm done to them – but it was easy to have a bit of a chat about appropriate touching and what to do if they are uncomfortable.”
“We read the story at bedtime on request and my child was able to tell me what Murray should have done.”