Another book by Jim Burns. This is actually a series of books called "Pure Foundations". I loved this book, probably because it's for the age range of half of my kids. This book is appropriate for ages 3-5 years and it's great. I love the descriptive words and great pictures. I haven't read this to the girls yet but I plan to. This is a great book to encourage kids to be comfortable in the bodies that God gave them, how God created male and females to be different and how babies are made. It also teaches children that everyone is fearfully and wonderfully made. I loved this book!!
This is a lovely book about how unique God has made each person. The target age for this book is children 3 to 5 years old. It is a well written and easy to understand with beautiful full color pictures. It does and excellent job showing children that we are all different and special because God made us. From our skin, eye, and hair color to our talents and senses we are all unique! We are shown age appropriate drawings of the difference between girls and boys. Children get to see that grownups come in different shapes and sizes too. This book covers how a baby is made, where it grows, and size comparisons to help children understand how big a baby is at one, three, and six months. This book is a constant builder of self-esteem as it tells the child over and over how special he or she is and how important they are to God and to their families, weather they were born into them, or adopted. I cant wait to share this wonderful book with my five year old daughter!
This is one of several books in the Pure Foundations series by Bethany House Publishers. This particular book is geared towards children age 3-5. The purpose of the Pure Foundations series is to teach children about sex in a healthy home environment. This can deter a child from only having a media eyes unhealthy view of sex and sexuality in general. It also incorporates how God made each child special and this can also lead to a healthy self-image.I really enjoyed the interactivity of this book. As the book describes how God has created everyone special, it also asks the child questions such as What color are your eyes? and What are you good at doing? The book really facilitates conversation between the reader and the child. This book also brought up conversation between my husband and I. Since our little girl is only 18 months at the moment we were able to discuss the use of certain terminology. The book is very medical in nature in that it uses the words penis and testicles as well as vagina and womb. This got us to thinking about whether or not these are words we want our daughter taking off with her to school. Is it appropriate for a 3-5 year old to use those terms or would we like to use something different? However, the book isnt 100% consistent in its grown up talk as it then goes on later to talk about mommies fixing owies. I really like that the book talks about both doctors and midwifes delivering a baby as well as those families that are blessed with adopted children. The book concludes with a short prayer of thanks and a scripture passage. Overall the book really is great for gradually introducing a child to the differences between boys and girls as well as for introducing the concepts of making love and the development of a baby.
God Made Your Body covers several topics with children in its 32 pages. It is recommended for children ages 3-5. The book begins with talking about how God created each person, with unique gifts, appearance, and personality. It then moves on to talking about the physical differences between boys and girls. It uses accurate medical terms, so children grow up knowing the correct terms. Jim Burns then explains in an age-appropriate way how babies are made, using a part of Mommy and a part of Daddy (again using accurate terms for sperm and egg). The book closes with discussion about differences in families, extended family, and adoption. This is an excellent book! My only concern with the entire book is the term "making love" is used to explain how a Daddy and Mommy come together to make a baby. That isn't a term I've ever used with my 3-5 year old children. When my children are around age ten and they get the full-facts of the matter, I tell them that is one of several terms that is used. At this point, I'm not comfortable using that term with young children, so I've omitted that phrase.This book is a perfect size to hold and share with your children. Most of the illustrations are beautiful photographs of families and children. The pages also have cheerful color-blocked text boxes on white pages. The pictures are a delight to children and adults. The books are beautifully designed, and well-written.I recommend this book, although I think parents should use their own judgement on what age to share them with their children. Do not just buy a book, see "ages 5-7" on it, and read it to your 5 year old because that's what the book says. Read the book yourself, pray about it, and then determine if your child is ready for it yet. Every child is different, every situation is different -- let God lead you in your parenting decisions.
I just received the most wonderful little book for children, about their bodies. God Made Your Body by Jim Burns, PhD, is a Christian book for children ages 3 5 years old, and it covers anatomy, very basic sex education and where babies come from, that is age appropriate. It emphasizes the importance of family and that God loves and created each of us. It even touches on adoption and includes Psalm 139:13-16. I highly recommend this book to parents who have very young children in the home.