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Personal Child Stories Review

When I was introduced Personal Child Stories, I realized that I had found such a treasure to share with Simply Stacie readers! Personal Child Stories creates the most unique, individualized and special “one of a kind” story books for children. These are not simply pre-determined story books that merely add in your child’s name or picture but instead the entire story is handcrafted and created specifically for the child. So how does it work……….?

Personal Child Stories are custom written when the author receives the photos and information/theme from you and then she creates a personalized story specifically for that child. Many of you are aware that my three year old son was severely burned in a campfire accident on 7/4/2010. For his personalized story we wanted to take a negative situation and focus on the positive instead. Jacob’s personalized story book features his nickname “Jakey Wakey: Brave, Courageous, Strong” as the title and the resulting story using photos from our family vacation before and after the accident with original text to bring the story to life brought tears to my eyes. When I gathered my children around me to read the story to them the first time they jumped up and down screaming with delight when they realized that it was a book about Jacob. When I finished reading the story, there was applause from everyone and my son proudly stated, “I am special because I am a brave boy!” Not a day passes that our special book by Personal Child Stories is requested to be read to them by my children, especially Jacob and it has really boosted his self esteem. In fact, my five year old son is now reading it to his younger siblings and is positively impacting his self esteem too!

Personal Child Stories is a wonderful way to provide a child with a special book that they might need or want on a particular theme or subject i.e. remembering a loved one, baby’s first book, new sibling, special needs (I think this would be an excellent book creation for a child with autism), favorite memories etc.

The author of Personal Child Stories seeks to focus her customized stories on:

  • Self esteem
  • Social Emotional Development
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Critical Thinking
  • Acceptance

I was so excited to see our personalized book because I was anticipating something very special and I was not disappointed. In fact, the book actually exceeded my expectations. The quality of the pages which are laminated and spiral bound are exceptional and Jacob’s book even included two coloring pages in the back (we used dry erase crayons/markers so it can be colored over and over again) of a camp fire scene and a boxer (his beloved pet).

Here is an excerpt from Jacob’s book and the camp fire coloring page:

“My family knows, I’m brave as can be. They prayed for my arm, to set the pain free. Now when we camp, we’re thankful for sure; that healing has come but so much more! I’ve learned to be strong, courageous and brave. I color this picture and remember those days!” –author Personal Child Stories

Are you ready to take a look at some sample books at Personal Child Stories? You are invited to visit the website and see some of the amazing creations and then you can get started creating your own book.

I found it extremely helpful to watch this short but informative video that shows you exactly how Personal Child Stories are created.

Now that you are ready to write your own story simply think of the theme that you would like and complete an order form. Then you will gather the photos that you would like to use and send it to the author. When the book has been created you will receive a rough draft to review and make any changes prior to completion. The book arrives wrapped with a pretty bow so the child can open their very special gift.

I was amazed at the affordable pricing for these creations because the time and effort it takes to create this book from scratch is so labor intensive. It is certainly a family treasure that is sure to be in our family for a very long time. Prices range from $30-$60 for your own handcrafted book from Personal Child Stories and in my opinion is an excellent price for the book that we received and would make an excellent gift idea!

*Proud winner of the Kidlutions Preferred Products Award for Social-Emotional Development!

*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*

Maureen

Maureen is a SAHM who left the Corporate healthcare field to home educate her 6, 7 and 8 year old children. She is a voracious reader for both herself & her kids and also enjoys a natural and organic lifestyle. She lives in Orlando, Fl with her husband Mark, three children and 5 year old boxer, Jack.

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