Kathy is waiting for her mother outside of school when a strange car approaches. The smiling man inside offers to drive Kathy home, suggesting that her mother may be hurt or sick. Just before Kathy is ready to climb in, her mother arrives and the man speeds off. Kathy is confused and hurt that the nice man would leave so quickly.
Later that night, Kathy's parents use examples from nature of pretty but lethal plants and fish to show her that animals and people that look or seem nice may be very dangerous.
Not Everyone Is Nice teaches children what to do if a stranger approaches and reminds them that looking or acting nice doesn't mean a person is safe.
This "stranger danger" book has been lauded since 2003 for its effective, yet gentle, teaching of how to keep children alert to threats posed by adults with ill intent. Originally published by New Horizon Press, this edition is a fresh, vivid presentation with all new illustrations
Illustrator C.S. Fritz brings a wealth of experience illustrating children's books to the project. He is an award-winning author and illustrator with published titles such as The Cottonmouth Trilogy, Good Night Tales, The Moonman Cometh, Moth, Seekers, and many more.
Kathy's story has a happy ending-she is one of the lucky ones In 2020, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) partnered with law enforcement and families in more than 29,800 cases of missing children.
Good news: The number of children abducted by strangers has been decreasing. The AMBER Alert Program has played an important role in helping recover many abducted children. And tools to teach kids about stranger danger-like Not Everyone Is Nice-have given parents a way to prevent abductions.