Item description for Story Of Me (Revised) by Stan Jones & Brenna Jones...
Overview Describes the anatomy of boys and girls and discusses pregnancy and childbirth from a Christian point of view.
Publishers Description Designed for ages 3-5, and using age-appropriate language and illustrations, this book explains to young children the marvelous body God gave them.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.1" Width: 7.4" Height: 0.3" Weight: 0.28 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2007
Publisher NAV PRESS #111
Series Gods Design For Sex
Series Number 1
ISBN 1600060137 ISBN13 9781600060137
Availability 0 units.
More About Stan Jones & Brenna Jones
Stan Jones is a native of Alaska. He has worked as an award-winning journalist and a bush pilot. He is the author of four other mysteries in the acclaimed Nathan Active series, including Shaman Pass and Village of the Ghost Bears.
Stan Jones currently resides in the state of Alaska. Stan Jones was born in 1947.
Reviews - What do customers think about Story Of Me (Revised)?
Very good, but not for every family. Oct 23, 2008
Winner of the ECPA Medallion of Excellence Christian Book Award, this is the first of four books in the "God's Design for Sex" series. The authors' intent is to offer age appropriate tools that help parents be proactive teachers and counselors rather than reactive problem solvers. Starting the discussion early prevents having to re-teach errant lessons learned from other sources such as the media, classmates or friends.
This first book shows a boy with his family, a mom, dad and baby sister. He asks to hear his story, the way God made him. Readers listen in as a loving question and answer conversation takes place. The book is packed with information. Here is a basic list of what it teaches. (Quotes come directly from the book.)
* Why are babies born? To be loved by their parents and to grow up and love God. * Who can have babies? "God wants only married people to have babies...Sometimes a mother knows she will not be able to give everything her baby needs. This mother might let another mommy and daddy adopt her baby." * How are babies made? God "took a little tiny piece of Daddy's body and a tiny piece oif Mommy's body ... God put you in Mommy's womb, or uterus, inside her body." The text also explains: it takes about nine months; while in the mother's womb, the baby breathes and eats through the umbilical cord. This is why we have belly buttons. * How do babies get out of their mothers? God made the vagina "so it could stretch just big enough to let you out." But some babies could be in danger if born that way, so their mommies have an operation so they can be born safely. * Without the cord, how do babies eat? "Mother's bodies take the food we eat and make part of it into milk that comes out of our breasts. Our milk is the perfect food for a young baby!" * How and why are boys and girls different? Boys have penises, and girls have vaginas. "Only girls can become mommies, and only boys can become daddies ... God made all people to love God and make Him happy by obeying His rules." We make God happy when we love Him and love each other. We show our love to Him through obedience; we can show our love to each other "by hugs and kisses, and by taking care of each other." * Are all hugs and kisses good? No. "God does not want anyone to take love from you that you don't want to share." Our bodies are private. Mothers and fathers help bathe young children, and doctors may check our bodies, but those are the only exceptions. "Someday when you marry, you won't have to be private with your wife."
Joel Specter served as illustrator for this book. Using a slightly impressionistic style, his pictures offer realistic details, but are also intentionally vague where necessary. A boy's penis is shown twice: once in utero and again immediately after birth. In both cases, it's hardly noticeable and certainly not the focus of the illustration. A girl's vagina is shown just once, while her mother changes her diaper. Again, it's not the focus of the illustration, but it is visible. Also, one illustration shows the mother talking with her older son while breastfeeding her infant daughter. While it is obvious what she's doing, no inappropriate parts are visible.
WHAT I LIKE: I greatly appreciate the concept. What I like the most is the parent guide at the beginning of the book. This part (5 pages long) grounds parents in the need for these conversations and equips them to initiate the conversations without being extremely uncomfortable. There is bound to be some discomfort, but thanks to this guide, it doesn't have to be severe. I also like the illustrations. The artist did a fantastic job with a sensitive topic by keeping the focus on the faces even when other body parts were visible.
WHAT I DISLIKE: The content may be too thorough. I want my kids to have correct information, but I fear the repercussions of them sharing this information with their friends, which is bound to happen with preschoolers. They repeat everything and not always accurately! I'm not sure they need this much at this age. I think the same concepts can be taught without so many specific details. Also, this book caters to traditional families. Children with single parents or other nontraditional guardians may come away with more questions than answers.
Overall Rating: Very Good, but not for every family.
Tanya -- Christian Children's Book Review
Because they might as well hear it from us first Jun 4, 2008
My kids are 7 & 10 and I am starting this series with them, beginning with this book. We recently had a baby and this, of course, sparked many questions. They giggled through some of the terminology, but it's important to me that we talk about this within our family so that when they hear "things" from other kids, they'll know the truth and will open up to us about what they've heard. I didn't think that the C-section was too much, as one reviewer mentioned. The author was just covering all of the ways babies arrive. I also did not mind that the book mentions that "Someday when you marry, you won't have to be private with your wife." I explained that the Bible even says that when you marry, your body belongs to that person and that person only! This book is great if you are looking for words to begin conversations about how babies are made, and emphasizes how God made girls and boys different, and both very special.
After this sentence...."Then He took a little tiny piece of Daddy's body and a tiny piece of Mommy's body and made you! That is why you look a little like me and a little like Mommy." My daughter perked up, "Oh! So that's what happened! But I wonder which piece of Daddy God used?"
So on to the next book...
Great book Jan 10, 2007
This entire series is great for introducing sex in a godly way from a young age. I have found them to be informative, honest and clear about the importance of sex being saved for marriage.
Age recommendations are a bit off Jul 9, 2006
I'm not a TOTAL prude, but my NINE-year-old is not quite ready for this book yet, even though it is intended to be for ages 3 to 5.
The majority of the book does talk about just what the baby is doing inside the mother, how he gets OUT, etc., and I'm totally fine with that. I like how they use the proper terminology, although I'm not a huge stickler for that. In our family we use more "childlike" terms, but nothing off-the-wall. It doesn't bother me either way.
But I do NOT feel that a 3-5-year-old is ready for even hints at how the baby got inside the mother in the first place. If the child ASKS for anything beyond "God put him there," that is one thing. But this book plants that idea that there is more to it, and I'm not comfortable with that.
"Then He took a tiny piece of Daddy's body and a tiny piece of Mommy's body, and made YOU!"
"And God made your body private. Mommy and I still help you take a bath, and a doctor might check every part of your body, but except for that your p*n*s and a girl's v*g*na are private. [I'm OK with these sentences but not the next one, not for this age group anyway!] Someday when you marry, your wife will be the only person you won't have to be private with at all."
I do like the fact that bre*stfeeding is expressed as something normal, natural, and good. And as I said, the authors did a great job of explaining what the baby does inside and how he comes out (even a c-section). But because of the 2 sentences I shared, if I were to read this to my child, I would have to do some heavy editing, because my children are not ready for that information yet.
Single parents might need to supplement explanation in the book since their situation is not reflected in the book Nov 15, 2005
I bought this book to assist me in explaining the facts about marriage,sex and having babies. I admit the book gives an excellent explanation of how life should be, however as a single parent who is divorced,I naturally had to supplement the explanation to my kids because unfortunately their family life experience is nothing like the child's in the book. Their father is only a part of their life sporadically, he left before the last one was born and the first one was only a little over a year old so they have no recollection of "Mummy and Daddy" as a loving unit. Unfortunately, single parenthood is not the odd occurrence, it is unfortunately becoming the norm these days.What I have done is explain to my kids that although the book does not reflect their life, the book reflects how it should be. God intended for it to be how it is described in the book and also I emphasize the point of marriage first, sex after, then kids. A good book overall, if prompts my kids to at least ask questions that is even better.