Monday, December 1, 2014

A Picture Book a Day for a Year: Day 226

Picture Book: A Perfect Pet for Peyton        

Author: Rick Osborne & Gary Chapman

Illustrator: Wilson Williams. Jr.

Summary: This informative picture book is based on Gary Chapman’s adult books The 5 Languages of Love and The 5 Love Languages of Children. The context is the birthday of young twins who are hoping to get a pet. Peyton and Penny are delighted when they are taken to Mr. Chapman’s Perfect Pet Emporium. They meet 3 friends there and learn that all 5 children will be receiving a pet that will be perfect for each of them. Once the friends have enjoyed some fun interactions with animals, Mr. Chapman describes the 5 Languages of Love. He explains that everyone likes to be loved in 1 or 2 preferred ways. Because animals relate to humans in particular ways, specific pets are best for certain people depending on their preferred language of love. As the story wraps up, the children are each matched with a pet as Mr. Chapman offers an explanation as to how their ways of showing love since their arrival at the emporium have informed Mr. Chapman about which pet would be best for them.

Hanna’s Comments: The 5 Languages of Love are (in no particular order): Physical Touch, Quality Time, Words of Affirmation, Gifts, and Acts of Service. I have seen awareness of these languages transform marriages and help parents better understand their children. Although these authors are Christians, there is no mention of Jesus in this story so those in other faith traditions could be comfortable using this book.  God, prayer, and Christmas are mentioned however. There is a great deal of additional material in this book including animal seek and find lists and a quiz that will help children determine their preferred languages of love. Note the length of the book. If reading to young children, I suggest only reading a portion at a time. The book, Hugs and Kisses by Christophe Loupy & Eve Tharlet, could be used for preschoolers who need a simple introduction to the 5 Languages of Love. It is about how a puppy discovers that kisses from various animals are very different.

Publisher & Date of Publication: Northfield Publishing, 2012

Age & Grade Appropriateness: 4 and up, Pre and up

# of Pages: 64

Available in Spanish? Not at present

Formats other than Book: A free app to enhance the reading of the book can be downloaded onto an iPhone. This is explained and Chapman is interviewed about the book on There are other videos there that explain the 5 Languages of Love for Children.   

PBT Category: Post 2K

PBT Topics this Book Connects with: action, adoption, affection, affirmation, animals, authenticity, babies/children, birth/birthday, body of Christ, celebration/party, choices/decision, communication, differences, diversity, found, friends/friendship, love, pets, relationships, satisfaction, self-discovery

Scripture Connections: For the body (of Christ) does not consist of one member but of many (1 Corinthians 12:14); let all you do be done in love (1 Corinthians 16:14); above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony (Colossians 3:14)

Idea(s) for Application: Use this book in a series of lessons when teaching the 5 Languages of Love to children.  

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