We were recently sent 3 books from Kayla Jarmon to review. The books we received were electronic books, so they have been easy to read on the go to my kids. These books for Christian families include Don’t Forget Me, Dying is Part of This World, and A Boy and His Dog. While I received ebook versions, she currently has these listed for sale as paperbooks. It is my understanding that Kindle and audio versions will be available soon.
Don’t Forget Me
In Don’t Forget Me (First in the Discussion Book Series), you follow a little baby from conception through being born and meeting his parents. Throughout the almost 70 pages, you see the unborn baby talking to God. God’s words are highlighted in yellow, and he keeps reminding the baby that he is always there for him.
This would make a sweet gift for an expectant mother or for an older sibling who is awaiting the birth of their new little brother or sister. It reinforces that God is always with us and not to forget it once we are out in the world. The final page includes scripture references and verses for parents to teach their children as well. It is meant to open up a dialogue between children and their parents and to really be a discussion starter.
This book could be enjoyed by young children and older children as well. It would be a good family read-aloud, especially if Mom is expecting, and is in a picture book format.
Dying is Part of This World
This book is the Second in the Discussion Book Series. It was written for older children, which you can easily tell by its chapter book format. I would say about a 3rd or 4th grade level and up, but younger kids who are interested in the content would probably be able to understand it on some level.
Following each chapter, there are suggested Bible verses to reference, as well as discussion questions. The answers to these questions can be found in the book, in the Bible, or are questions for readers or listeners to ask themselves.
The story is a dialogue between a mother and child, so it’s a very conversational type book, written in a casual tone. It has them discussing life all the way from pregnancy to the present, and finally to death. It discusses heaven and how it will be different than our life here on Earth. It talks about this world not being our home, and to have a mindset thinking toward Heaven.
The book is 45 pages long. It includes a huge amount of Scripture references, so you could easily turn each chapter into a Bible study well beyond just reading the text of the book. This could be used by the whole family together, or an older child could read it to themselves and do the additional Bible reading and discussion questions either on paper or with a parent. This would also be great as a small group study with older elementary or even middle school students.
A Boy and His Dog
This story book is full of colorful illustrations by Piper Miru, the same illustrator as in Don’t Forget Me and Dying Is Part of This World. The 41 page picture book for young children follows a little boy and his dog through a fun day full of playing and making messing and cleaning up! Eventually, they both get baths and snuggle in to go to sleep together and wake up to do it all again.
This story is the most light-hearted of the 3 and does not include discussion questions or Bible verses. It’s just a feel-good story about A Boy and His Dog. This was my 3 year old’s favorite book, of course, and my older kids liked it too. Unfortunately, now they’re starting to ask me for a dog again because this book makes it look like so much fun just living life with a furry companion at your side!
We loved the pictures in this one. We also thought it was cute that the book began and ended the same way, showing that familiarity does not equal boring at all.
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