Put me in the story
Personalized books for children have been introduced in my previous articles: Personalized books for children and Where to find the best-personalized books?. One of the sites for these books is Put me in the story. I have reviewed this site a while ago. At that time, I received the impression that the site has a wide variety of book collections. I re-visited the website recently, and I was even more impressed by its extensive collection of many personalized books and the detailed contents of each book. Even with its wide variety of personalized books and children-related products, the site is quite easy to navigate. The menu is well-organized, and a visitor to this site can select the books he or she wants without any problem. The right books can be selected by navigating the following criteria:
- characters such as Mickey Mouse, Disney, Marvel’s, Pete the Cat, Elmo and Sesame Street
- whether it is a boy or a girl
- age group such as less than 1 years old, 1~3 years, 4-7 years, 8+years
- occasions such as Birthday, Bedtime, New sibling
- holidays such as Easter, Mother’s day, father’s day, Halloween, Christmas
While reviewing the site, I have found several captivating books as introduced herein. The contents of each book can be checked at the linked site. Further customization, including the addition of a child’s picture, is also possible. I hope these books are lovable to the children who read them. By the way, please note that the products of Put me in the story are deliverable only to the UK, the USA and Canada.
(Author: Kimberly and James Dean, Illustrator: James Dean, Age group: 4-7 years old)
Pete the Cat is a popular character in the literature for children. I have introduced “Pete the Cat: I love my white shoes” in my previous article on Children’s Books based on songs.
Storyline: Pete the Cat does not feel good one day. While skateboarding on the street, he encounters a toad. The toad is usually unhappy but looks happy on that day. He says that wearing the magic sunglasses made him happy and handed it over to Pete. Pete becomes happy when he wears the magic sunglasses. He keeps moving on the street and meets with squirrel, turtle, and alligator. All of them become happy by wearing the magic glasses. By accident, Pete falls down, and the sunglasses are broken. When Pete is embarrassed, a wise old Owl advises him that he does not need the glasses to be happy. Pete learns that he can make himself happy with a positive thought.
Throughout the book, the same phrases of “The birds are singing. The sky is bright. The Sun is shining. I’m feeling alright!” are repeated while showing the child’s face as the Sun as shown on the left. These positive words and the image are so lovable. The children who read this book can be actively involved in the story. The book is 40 pages long, and the child’s face appears throughout the book. The book presents a philosophical and positive message, as shown below.
- Pete tries to help his friends. He tries to make his friends happy by letting them wear the magic glasses. It is a friendly and generous activity which is highly recommended.
- Peter learns that he can make himself happy on his own. It implicitly indicates that our willingness and own determination is more important than the external factors.
(Author and Illustrator: Tom Marzella and Susan Marzella, Age group: 1~7 years)
It is a “Where’s Wally?” type book. There is no storyline. The simple goal is to find the face of a reader from the faces of many children. On each page, there are different backgrounds such as buttons, balloons, candies, baseballs, coins, umbrellas, space, and fishes. A child is encouraged to find himself/herself from the many faces. The book implicitly indicates that all the children in the book are unique and precious. A child who reads the book can realize that there are a lot of children with different faces. A child can learn diversity and equality as well as the skill of focusing.
The first book of animal rhymes
(Author and Illustrator: Sandra Magsamen, Age group: 1~3 years old)
After the introduction of several little pigs, the reading child is introduced as a farmer. Then, a story of black-sheep follows with the rhymes of a popular song “baa, baa, black sheep, have you any wool”. Most children will be familiar with this song. So, they will feel comfortable with reading/listening to this book. The face of a child is shown throughout the book.
(Author and Illustrator: Nancy Tillman, Age group: 1~7 years old)
The book shows how special and unique each child is. Nature and animals such as the wind, the moon, polar bears, geese, ladybugs are celebrating the birth of a child.
All the pictures are picturesque, and the sentences are poetic. A child will learn how special he/she is and the intimacy with nature and the animals.