Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Review: Perfect You

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!

Today's Wild Card author is:

and the book:

Perfect You

Tate Publishing (May 10, 2011)

***Special thanks to Holly Skelton for sending me a review copy.***


Holly Skelton has had a colorful and diverse work history, from engineering to wedding planning, all in an effort to explore her different talents and personality traits. After having children, she was inspired to write a tale explaining to kids how unique and special they are, blessed with their own talents and gifts. Holly is passionate about spreading her message to all children that they are made for a purpose! She lives in Plymouth Michigan with her husband Bryndon and three young daughters and feels she has finally found God’s calling for her as an author.

Visit the author's website.


Perfect You is a story for parents to share with their children to encourage them to discover their talents so that they can live a life of purpose and happiness. In this letter from God, children will discover that He has blessed them with gifts and talents that make them totally unique and able to serve the world in a very special way. Could the gift of bravery make you a police officer or firefighter, or could your compassion help you to be a great doctor or teacher? The possibilities are endless!

Product Details:

List Price: $8.99
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Perfect Paperback: 24 pages
Publisher: Tate Publishing (May 10, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1617399183
ISBN-13: 978-1617399183

AND NOW...THE FIRST THREE PAGES (Click on images to view larger picture):

Esmé's Perspective:

The book is about a child.  Maybe it is about me.  Everybody has special gifts.  Jesus gives us all the gifts we need.  We use them for other people.  And sometimes we use them for ourselves.

I can use my gifts by giving away a toy.  I can bless people by dancing and singing. Doing a BEAUTIFUL dance for them.  When I grow up, I will be a ballet dancer AND a doctor.

I like this book.  I like the pictures.  My favorite part is the dancing part.

What Mom Thinks:

A lovely letter from a Heavenly Father – a message I certainly want to pass on to my own daughter.  Not only does it emphasize how special and perfect God created each child, it goes on to encourage the child to use his gifts to serve others and make a difference.

The biggest attraction of this little book for Esmé was the illustrations – particularly of ballet shoes/ballerinas.  I love how the author and illustrator have portrayed gifts of ALL kinds – that would appeal to various personality types and genders.

As written, the book was a little above 4yo Esmé’s comprehension, but it did spark a great discussion as we talked about what it meant.

A nice inclusion in this book is the coupon code for a free audio download of the text.  This is definitely something I’d be happy to play for my daughter at bedtime, etc.