I have studied the five love languages before, and when I heard that a children’s picture book was coming out I was a little bit skeptical. I firmly believe in the theory of the five love languages. Each person gives and receives love most strongly through one of these means: Words of Affirmation, Acts of Service, Gifts, Physical Touch, or Quality Time. The basic idea of Mr. Chapman’s books is that we should study each other and make sure that we are effectively communicating love to each other by utilizing the correct love language. If a child’s love language is physical touch and Mom or Dad do not offer hugs or kisses or pats on the back, or back rubs, that little child is going to have a hard time truly believing he is loved. This is just one example. If a child does not feel loved by his parents, he is going to look for love from other sources. I have seen this information revolutionize relationships! It is not just true of children, it is true between adults as well. I find it hard enough myself to understand love languages, and I thought it would be really difficult to explain this on a child’s level. I was sure the book would be stilted and inept. Boy was I pleasantly surprised!
I sat down to read A Perfect Pet for Payton with one child curled up on my lap. By the time I finished reading this book out loud, I had five of my six children either on my lap or huddled nearby to listen. I asked the oldest of the five to take a few pictures but they did not turn out so well. So you will have to just trust me when I say that it was cute and precious.
When I finished reading the book, one of my three year olds immediately claimed it as his own and asked if he could read it himself (aka look at the pictures). I believe the book was especially appealing to him for several reasons. One, it was about a set of twins who celebrated a birthday together. Peter and Joshua are just starting to understand what being a twin means and that they get extra attention because they are twins. Two, this book is about animals –beautiful, furry, funny, and precious animals. I might have mentioned this a few times before today: We love animal books at this house! Three, on every large picture in this book a little bitty insect was hiding and just waiting to be found. I have yet to meet a child who can resist finding the hidden item in a picture. Four, many of the pages had additional things to search for and the pictures themselves were bright and engaging. Clearly the authors and illustrators of this book know what it takes to keep a child interested in a long picture book!
My Bottom Line: I am absolutely sure this is a book we will read again and again in our home. I was stunned and delighted that it so thoroughly held the attention of the children in my home — so much so that the three-year-olds were still sitting still at the end of a fairly long picture book. I love the very basic, meaningful information it shares about love languages. I think it will help my children relate to each other and us grown-ups better. I can’t wait to work through the love languages activities shared on the last two pages. My kids (ages 3 to 13) are going to be receptive to this book and it’s message because the message is so pleasingly presented.
What the publisher says:
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. Children and parents alike will experience firsthand the power of the love languages as they cuddle up and spend precious time together reading this book over and over again.
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