Romans 12:1-2

So here's what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. Romans 12:1-2

Monday, March 26, 2012

A Perfect Pet for Peyton

**If you'd like to win a copy of this book, leave me a message (make sure however you leave comments includes a way to contact you!) of what you think your love language is and why or that you don't know, but you checked out one of the sites listed at the end of this post!  I will have select a winner around noon this Friday, March 30)**

A Perfect Pet for Peyton is a perfect book for children of all ages.  I read it to my boys and they are ages 10 and 12!

 "This wonderfully imaginative children’s hardcover book by bestselling authors Gary Chapman and Rick Osborne, featuring four-color illustrations (with hidden details!) by Wilson Williams, Jr., will help children learn the importance of love. Based on Gary’s highly successful The 5 Love Languages®, A Perfect Pet for Peyton tells an entertaining and playful story of five children who each, with the help of Mr. Chapman and the unique pets at his special emporium, discover their own personal love language."

I had been explaining love languages to my children and I’m so thankful for this book because it did a much better job than I could and it was done in a way they could understand!

Now here’s why I think it’s the  perfect book for kids:

It’s about animals.  I think books about animals are a “win” because most children naturally enjoy animals.  Even though the story line is about pets, a variety of animals is represented in the book.  It’s great to get kids thinking about animals besides the typical dog and cat.  Also, since so many are represented, the book will appeal to kids who are really “in” to reptiles, aquatic, barnyard, and big game animals.  It even mentions a dinosaur!

The hidden details.  Every page has an activity for kids to do.  My 10 year old even enjoyed this part!  Kids who are fidgety could do this while a parent reads or a child too young to hear the book word for word would still enjoy the game of it (and the story too).

Clues in the story.  The story is written brilliantly that a perceptive older child or super sleuth would figure out the perfect pet for each child.  It’s okay for those who might not know it by the end, because Mr. Chapman (the owner of the pet emporium) reviews the clues.

It’s visually appealing.  The colors are beautiful.  Fun details and expressions are included.  Even words on the page are highlighted in color.

Rich vocabulary.  As parents it is so important to use correct words AND to talk about meaning.  Often we take for granted that children understand the words we do, when really they don’t.  You don’t have to drill vocab. with every reading, but with each reading talk about a few when it fits naturally.  Great verbs like “thrilled”, “clattered”, “exchanged”, and “twirled” are used.

It contains a “gross-out” factor to delight boys.  No details, you’ll have to read A Perfect Pet for Peyton to find out.

I’m sure you’ll find your own reasons to love this book.  Even though my children are older, I’m definitely hanging on to it.  I’ll be using “The Five Love Language Quiz for Kids” at the back of the book to help my children have further understanding of how they receive and give love.  What a wonderful life skill for them to have!

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  1. This book sounds so cool! Mine is gifts followed closely by acts of service. I checked their fb page.

  2. This book review's timing was PERFECT! Not only would I love to have a copy myself, but I am also anxious to share this resource with a parenting small group when we study love languages next week. =) I, myself, am a confirmed Quality Time girl. I choose that everytime, followed by encouraging words. Thanks for the links you gave too. I signed up for a newsletter while I was there. Thanks again!


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