We recently had the opportunity to review three books from author Kayla Jarmon. The stories were A Boy and His Dog, Don't Forget Me (Discussion Book Series), and Dying is Part of This World (Discussion Book Series).
There is such a bond between children and their pets. In most cases, their pet is really their first best friend. It usually doesn't matter whether it's a reptile or a dog. They feel the pain their friend feels. In the story, A Boy and His Dog, the young boy wakes up each morning with his best friend right by his side. And like most of our dogs, his best friend stays at his side and is up for almost all the adventures that the boy wants to go on.
A Boy and His Dog is a very cute story of adventures that many kids do not even get to do in our modern age of technology. Kids just do not get outside and play in the dirt. I really liked this aspect of reading this full-color story. Lydia looked at me and asked why they would dig for no reason...lol. A Boy and His Dog is written for elementary aged kids, but I could really see this being a great gift for older boys and their best friend. I'm envisioning putting his dog's paw print inside the front cover and dating it as a memory book for when he becomes an adult.
A Boy and His Dog is a great reminder of the strong bond between pets and their human!
Kayla Jarmon also has started releasing a Discussion Book Series. These stories are meant for story times together with parents and children. They open up discussions about tougher topics. Don't Forget Me is the story of an unborn child who is having conversations with God. As we were reading Don't Forget Me was a cute tale of this baby who is learning about all the sounds it is hearing from inside the womb. The baby is speaking with God and having discussions about the parents and even about the new room that they will be gaining soon. But most of the conversations that the baby was having ended up God telling him....
Even when the mother was giving birth to the baby, God reminded the baby that even though he was listening to both the baby and his Mom at the same time, God has the ability to hear all. And he doesn't leave people alone, even if we feel like we are all alone. This was a great lesson and discussion to have with the kids. That's why I took a screenshot of the above page....it's a great reminder for us all on a daily basis.
The second book in the series was Dying Is Part of This World.
Dying is Part of This World is an easy-reading chapter book. There are illustrations throughout the book, as well as scripture references to read with your children.
The young girl fears the death of her loved ones. Her mother has a discussion with her about her feelings and how she should does not need to have those fears. Even though we all die, we have hope. At the end of each chapter, there are also Discussion Questions to help carry on this hard-to-have conversation with your children about death.
Kayla Jarmon used her very own feelings to write this story. It is written from the heart and the content shows the thought and caring in the pages. The best part of this book, you can actually prepare your children for feelings they may have in the future should they lose someone they care about. It is written with a heavenly view.
Kayla Jarmon is a talented children's author. She writes her stories from a Christian view, as you can see through her Discussion Book Series. I highly recommend checking out her titles with your children. We can't wait to see what else she has in the works!!
All of these books will soon be available with an audio option for struggling readers.
Several members of the Homeschool Review Crew were given the opportunity to review these stories by Kayla Jarmon. Click on the link below to read their experiences with using these books in their homes.