By Paula Bowlby, Associate Early Childhood Pastor
Woodland Hills Church
When we decided that we wanted to review a few books for the summer, I excitedly got on my computer to research what new book I wanted to review. I love research, so this was an assignment I got right on and dove into. I decided I didn’t want the traditional parenting book or traditional children’s story, so I went to work trying to find something that might be in-between them both. I settled on the book A Perfect Pet for Peyton by Rick Osborne and Gary Chapman. I chose this book because it is well illustrated, has fun ins and outs and it is about LOVE LANGUAGES! Some of you may have heard me teach on the 5 Love Languages or you may have read this blog article on the 5 Love Languages. Love Languages are awesome! I like the 5 Love Languages because I think it is important to not only know how you feel loved but to look outside yourself and love others how they will feel loved. We are all created in our own unique and special way, and it is important to embrace that AND embrace the difference of others.
A Perfect Pet for Peyton has some really fun aspects to it including a free app that you can download, a hidden insect on each page, and a fun educational component. If you have an elementary-aged child, you could research some of the animals that are listed on the different pages. There are also so great vocabulary-building words highlighted on the pages. The book goes through and explains love languages at a child’s level. Preschoolers will love finding the animals, looking at the illustrations and the book’s message. Elementary-aged children will like all of the above and will be challenged to figure out their love language and the love languages of those around them. There is even a fun quiz at the back of the book to help kids figure out what their love language might be.
This is a sweet book on one of my favorite subjects. I think it is worth the read and will benefit your kids by helping them know themselves and others better. Purposeful parenting and teaching life skills are an important part of everyday parenting, and this is a fun way to do it. The book might help you get to know your awesome kids just a little bit better, too, and aid you in showing them their unsurpassable worth in Jesus. A Perfect Pet for Peyton definitely deserves a look.