It’s not often anymore that Chey and I take the time to curl up with picture books. At nine, she’s mostly outgrown it and moved on to chapter books, and though once in a while we’ll read one aloud, most of the time, it’s each to their own favorite novels.
We recently read a story together, though, that has me missing those evenings, tucked under a cuddly blanket with a book or five, talking about the books, what we liked, what we didn’t, and what our favorite pictures were. (Side note: we actually viewed an ebook version, not the hardcover that’s publicly available – so while we were restricted to cuddling up with the computer, you’ll have no such worries when you have the actual text in hand.)
The Person I Marry, written by Gary Bower, is illustrated with intricately detailed oil paintings created by his wife, Jan Bower. Dedicated to their twelve children, the Bowers have created a special book with an appeal for all ages, and a reminder to “take a hard look’ before you “leap”. In this age of shallow focus on materials things, it’s a gentle reminder of all the qualities that can make a marriage last for decades, a true promise of “til death do us part”.
There’s something in the cadence of the poetry that puts me in mind of Twas the Night Before Christmas. It flows so fluidly it’s a joy to read aloud, and the vivid images look like the children we know, read to step right off the page into our lives – and their future.
For most people, deciding who to marry will be the single most improtant decision they’ll make in their entire lives, and as such, it should be given the most careful consideration of all.
It’s easy to be led astray by the shiny flashy things and charming words, but what our children really need to learn is to look beyond all that glitter and seek the real person within.
The Person I Marry is a roadmap with explicit direcitons to a lifetime of love and laughter – and what better time to begin to prepare our children for future joy than in a children’s book?
By impression these priorities of the character qualities that are truly valuable in a lifemate, we can guide our children to seek these things in themselves and they come in contact with, and in doing so, our children will be much more prepared than the average person for the challenges of friendships, relationships, and eventually, families of their own.
Check out the video below for samples of the gorgeous artwork inside The Person I Marry… even though there are horses on other pages, Chey’s favorite is the fishing pic!
The Person I Marry is available in hardcover for just $11.99 from the Bower Books website. The Bowers have also created numerous other titles, including three other titles in the Bright Future series, The Jingle in My Pocket, There’s a Party in Heaven, and What Do Heroes Wear?
To see what other crew members had to say, check out the TOS Homeschool Crew blog post, Bower Books.
**I received this product for free as a member of the 2011-12 The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Crew so that I could provide you with an honest review of it by our family.**