A new picture book aims to help remove the shame of nudity — and its message is as much for parents as for children
Open Rosie Haine’s debut children’s book and you’ll meet a page of bums. They are lilac, brown, red and peach-toned and accompanied with the words: “Everyone has a bum”. The bums are followed by a page of nipples of many shapes, sizes and colours proclaiming: “Nipples are normal”.
The following pages are peopled with dancing bodies and playful expressions, soft lines and warm colours. It Isn’t Rude to be Nude is a joyful exploration of the human body, from childhood to old age. “We don’t really see normal representations of nudity,” says Haine.
“We’ve got really confused about nudity meaning sex and being obscene and shameful. But I’ve observed in children a healthy attitude to nudity, and lots of them will have spent most of lockdown naked. They already know it isn’t rude to be nude.
“As we grow older we lose that innocence and get all these insecurities. [The book] is as much a message for parents as for children, as that lack of shame in bodies has to be modelled by the parents.”
Original publication 29 September, 2020
Posted on NatCorn 17th October 2020
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