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Ruvi Rhino Lost Her "No"


Loved it! 😍

A beautifully illustrated story for children about setting boundaries, saying "no," and focusing on self-care.

It is natural to want other people to like you and children can be especially unkind, so this book sends an important message about setting boundaries, focusing on self-care, and being brave enough to say "no" to protect oneself.

Concepts like boundaries and emotional space are explained clearly and in age-appropriate language.

Daya, a little girl, guides Ruvi Rhino through a series of situations where he can set boundaries without offending his friends, yet making his intentions and message clear. She emphasizes the importance of saying "no" to protect your own feelings instead of allowing other people to trample all over you.

Through the story, the author teaches children that boundaries may be written or implied and they're not about controlling others, but about what you will do to protect yourself.

The illustrations are fantastic--bright, colorful, uncluttered--and the text is well-placed to make reading easy. In fact, the book can be read to younger children who haven't learned to read yet, and the message about saying "no" can be taught.

In the end, the author acknowledges that balancing a child's boundaries with a parent's role as a protector and teacher can be difficult. She guides us to online resources to find solutions. It's interesting and I'm mentioning this because I was thinking about this as I read the book, wondering how I can set boundaries myself for my child while allowing him some self-expression.

A great book for children starting from around 7 years of age who have begun to explore social situations and friendships!

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Ruvi the rhino has lost her "no"! She doesn't want to be mean to her friends, so she says yes to everything!

But Ruvi's friends don't like her any better just because she says "yes". In fact, they take advantage of her all the time.

When EQ explorer, Daya, hears of Ruvi's problem, she steps in to help her new friend learn how to set boundaries. Daya explains why sometimes, saying 'no' is the kindest act of all!

Share this special story with your kids, and help them learn why setting personal boundaries is an act of compassion for oneself and for others. Good boundaries are essential to living a big, happy life!

Ruvi Rhino Lost Her "No" is the a part of the EQ Explorers Series. It teaches a powerful EQ principle: boundaries are important. It's a lesson of emotional intelligence that is essential for any child—including Ruvi, who learns as she journeys through the jungle with Daya and all of their jungle friends.

About the author

Kim Linette is the mother of six children & an entrepreneur at heart. Kim founded Kapalua Cove Foundation, a non-profit org dedicated to empowering underserved children. She is the author of EQ Explorers, a children's book series designed to inspire children to live happy, emotionally healthy lives. view profile

Published on May 15, 2020

Published by Kapalua Cove Publishing

2000 words

Worked with a Reedsy professional 🏆

Genre: Children's

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