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Reviewed by Kristine Zimmerman for Readers' Favorite
The latest book in the EQ Explorers series is Ruvi Rhino Lost Her “No”: Set and Keep Boundaries! by Kim Linette. It starts in the grasslands outside a village with a girl named Daya. She is enjoying her trek when she is alerted by some birds that a rhino needs help. She meets Ruvi the rhino who explains she has stopped saying “No” so her friends will like her better, but now Ruvi is unhappy. Daya and Ruvi visit some of Ruvi’s favorite places and Ruvi explains what happens when she failed to say “No.” Daya explains the concept of boundaries both for personal spaces and emotional spaces. She helps Ruvi write out a rule and a consequence for each space, answering Ruvi’s questions along the way. With Daya’s help, Ruvi reclaims her “No” with some helpful new tools for setting boundaries in the future.
I loved Ruvi Rhino Lost Her “No.” One of the most frequent requests we get as children’s librarians is for stories on how to deal with certain behaviors. What I love about Kim Linette’s story is that it provides kids (and adults) with tools to use to set boundaries. Setting boundaries is not a topic I’ve seen discussed much in children’s books, but it is so necessary for children’s emotional health. James Loram has done a beautiful job illustrating the story and the search for Buddy Bee throughout the book is a bonus. Ruvi Rhino Lost her “No” should be in every library and school collection. Adults will most likely learn something as well. I know I did!