A Perfect Pet for Peyton: A 5 Love Languages Discovery Book
Good story, loved the illustrations!
For twins Peyton and Penny, this will be a birthday to remember. Joined by three of their friends, Peyton and Penny's adventure through Mr. Chapman's Perfect Pet Pal Emporium includes surprising animal encounters, eating Mythical Monster Sundaes, opening gifts, and finding their own perfect pet pals based on their personal love languages.
A Perfect Pet for Peyton by Gary Chapman and Rick Osborne, and illustrated by Wilson Williams, Jr. is based on Chapman's book, The Five Love Languages. As Peyton, Penny and their friends celebrate at Mr. Chapman's Perfect Pet Pal Emporium, they learn what the five love languages are and the characteristics of each love language. Though the concepts are explained in simple terms, children ages five to ten are probably target age group for this book. Still, the illustrations are beautiful and my five month old enjoyed looking at them. I thought it was neat how there were hidden insects on some of the pages. This adds a nice element that can allow for further child-parent or sibling interaction.
I absolutely would recommend A Perfect Pet for Peyton to parents. It teaches the principles of the five love languages and contains underlying messages about animal kindness, friendship, and love.
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November 13, 2012
A book about love languages
ItÃ¢ÂÂs Penny and PeytonÃ¢ÂÂs birthday. They are twins and are excited about celebrating their birthday together. They are having their birthday party at the Perfect Pet Emporium, which is like Ã¢ÂÂa zoo, a museum, a theme park, and a birthday party palace all in one place,Ã¢ÂÂ in other words, the perfect place for a birthday party. Three of their friends have been invited to join them for the party
The twins and their friends spend a great day exploring the facility. After pizza and cake have been served and eaten, each of the friends get to take home a Ã¢ÂÂperfect petÃ¢ÂÂ. The pet is chosen by Mr. Chapman, who uses each childÃ¢ÂÂs Ã¢ÂÂlove languageÃ¢ÂÂ to pick the perfect pet for them. There are five love languages: Gifts, Words of Affirmation, Quality Time, Physical Touch, and Acts of Service.
Mr. Chapman explains: Ã¢ÂÂEach of us especially likes to love and be loved in one or two of these languages; some love kind words, others like touch. Some enjoy spending special time with people. Others love gifts and some like to do nice and helpful things. We all need to love people in every way. However, God made us each special and we all love a little differently. Pets do some things naturally that can kind of match our Love Language. When we find one that matches yours, thatÃ¢ÂÂs a perfect pet pal.Ã¢ÂÂ
A Perfect Pet for Peyton: A 5 Love Languages Discovery Book, was co-written by Rick Osborne and Gary Chapman. The authors included a couple of extra items in the book. Each large picture contains at least hidden insect. This is mentioned on the first page so readers will know to look for the hidden insects on subsequent pages. Also, there are instructions in each successive illustration to look for various other things, such as different types of birds. The authors also include a section at the back of the book with questions for children to help them determine their own particular Ã¢ÂÂlove languageÃ¢ÂÂ.
The illustrations by Wilson Williams Jr. are truly delightful. They are bold, colorful, expressive and detailed. The addition of hidden objects in them makes them even more appealing.
What I Like: The illustrations. They are great. I also like the "love languages". It's a concept I had never heard of before.
What I Dislike: I realize one reason this book would be appealing to children is because of the thoughtful way Mr. Chapman figures out each childÃ¢ÂÂs Ã¢ÂÂperfect petÃ¢ÂÂ. One of the twinsÃ¢ÂÂ friends is given a Capuchin Monkey as her perfect pet. I donÃ¢ÂÂt think itÃ¢ÂÂs wise to suggest that a Capuchin Monkey would make a perfect pet for a child, even if that particular animal does match the Ã¢ÂÂlove languageÃ¢ÂÂ of the recipient.
Also, some of the insects are hidden quite well in the illustrations and might be difficult to find. There is no guide at the end of the book to tell you where any particular insect is hidden if you canÃ¢ÂÂt find it.
Overall Rating: Very good.
Age Appeal: 8-12
November 5, 2012
A Perfect Book for Parents! I meant Kids!!
It is a special day for the twins Peyton and Penny. It is their Birthday and their parents have a surprise birthday party planned for them at the Pet Pal Emporium. Several of their friends have been invited to share this special day with them. They will get to meet Mr. Chapman and many of the Pet Pals at the Emporium.
They will learn about their good traits and how these traits are gifts from God. This is in part of the 5 Love Languages. They will be paired up with a special pal pet.
This is an excellent book for parents and children to enjoy reading together. The parents can ask the child questions and interact with the child while reading the book and doing fun activities on on every page.
I highly recommend this book.
I received a free copy of this book for review from Moody Publishing. I was in no way compensated for this review. It is my own opinion.
August 31, 2012
A Perfect Pet for Peyton
If you have ever heard about the 5 Love Languages for Children, then you will love the introduction that "A Perfect Pet for Peyton" by Rick Osbourne and Gary Chapman gives young children. In this amazing and beautifully illustrated children's book, the story involves the hints that Peyton and his sister Penny have been providing as hints to their parents in preparation for their birthday. Hoping that they will get just the right pet for their birthday, their parents begin their day with a party at The Perfect Pal Pet Emporium. Along the way, Peyton and Penny along with their friends learn about what they each love about how the celebrate their day and in so doing so show what each of the 5 Love Languages are and how they relate to the children.
Besides just a beautifully illustrated story book, there are activities for the kids to do as they are reading through the book, a scavenger hunt of sorts that begins at first page and lasts til the very end. It's a great way for parents as well as their kids to understand the meaning behind what the 5 Love Languages are and how they relate to what the kids appreciate from life and others. In the back are questions for parents to ask their kids as they re-read the story. It helps both parents and their kids to understand what is truly important to speak the language of "Love" to our kids and in return is a great way to share quality time together.
I received this book compliments of Propeller and Northfield Publishing for my honest review. I've read about the 5 Love Languages for adults and knew that ones also existed for kids as well. This takes a step further and brings it to a beginner level for younger children. Perhaps while reading it, they can share what they think different love languages are for each member of their family or even friends. I rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars and highly recommend this to anyone working with young children as well as for parents and grandparents alike.
March 26, 2012