As the parent of a 10 1/2 and almost 12 year old, I was very interested to see what The Person I Marry, by Gary Bower, had to say to children about choosing a spouse. I received a link to read the book online, but wish I'd received a physical copy as I'm sure the darling paintings by Jan Bower that illustrate the book would be even more lovely when not on a computer screen.
The Person I Marry was created by the Bowers after 30 years of marriage and 12 children. They wanted a way to share the desirable qualities one should look for in a mate with their children who had not yet married. I think it is also a touching tribute to their strong marriage without really being about them specifically.
For the purposes of this review, I had Super Girl read the book. She took her time reading it, and told me afterword that she thought it would be helpful to her when she is older, and that even though the children in the illustrations are much younger than her, she did not feel that the book was too simple for a child her age. Between the beautiful illustrations and the rhyming narration, I feel this book is one that can be shared over and over again with your children as they grow. A very small child would enjoy looking at the children portrayed in the book while a parent simplifies the text for them, and an older child can enjoy reading it with a parent as a segue intend to a discussion about courting. I plan purchase a physical copy to share with my children - I can envision snuggling up together and enjoying this book. My one slight dislike with the book is that the rhyme and rhythm are not always smooth - many of the sentences end in the middle of the line. I think that it would take a little practice to read this book smoothly, as you would want to do if sharing it as a bedtime story.
The Person I Marry is available as a hardback for $11.99 through Bower Books at www.bowerbooks.com. Some other books from the Bowers include lovely board books entitled Mommy Love and Daddy Love, and a Michigan Kids series that would be great for those homeschooling in Michigan.
***Note: I received online access to read this book in exchange for my honest review through TOS Homeschool Crew. All opinions are my own.