My little ones are growing quickly and as I try to soak up every moment of this precious time; I also want to pave the path for creating future memories. One thing we are trying to incorporate into our routine is bedtime stories. When I think of what type of memories I want my children to have, I want them to look back and remember that mom or dad always usually read them a story. I also love the idea of older siblings reading to younger ones later on; actually just the thought of that happening makes my heart melt. Although I know that these moments will be forever stored away in their minds, I want to be able to give them something tangible that will help them recall the memory.
Our mission is to increase self esteem in children through personalized books that celebrate the uniqueness of each child. The goal of our books is to show each child how absolutely unique and special he or she is, to teach the child how to spell his or her name, and to build vocabulary skills.
I See Me! personalized children’s books are perfect for the special keepsake I was looking for. They have several fantastic storybooks that you can personalize but we were lucky enough to have the chance to review “My Royal Birthday Adventure”, which was perfect for my tot’s recent birthday! My Royal Birthday Adventure comes in two different versions, boy and girl.
|Boy Version where your child is dubbed a royal knight!|
|Girl Version where your child is crowned the birthday princess!|
We chose the girl version and had fun selecting all the parts that can be personalized. I loved that everything on the order form was easy to follow and since they have virtual book tours online; you could see where the information was going to be used in the storybook. The company also has a great turn around time and our personalized storybook arrived within two weeks of ordering just like they said it would.
Upon arrival, this 10″ by 10″ hardcover book was by far better quality than I expected. You can see that the pages were bound together prior to securing them to the cover, so you’re not going to be faced with “loose page syndrome” or have to create storyline where “the missing link” (aka lost page) occurs. The cover itself is nice and strong. When looking at the photos online, I didn’t realize that the title was actually the dedication page peeking through the cover. I absolutely love the cut out on the front and my daughter thought it was pretty fantastic too!
As you can see from the cover, the illustrations are gorgeous. The Illustrator, Valerie Sokolova, has a wonderful eye for details, like the amazing ten-tier birthday cake below. The colors are vivid and fun, yet soft and realistic. It is the perfect saturation of how your eye would perceive the hues in real life. I, myself, can stare at the pages trying to absorb all the details, so I know that my children will enjoy the book for years to come. I also love that the designs spread over the full span of the two pages, making your eye flow naturally along.
Another key feature in the I See Me! books, is the use of your child’s name throughout the story. Not only does the child get to see/hear there name as the story is being read, but it also is subtly integrated in the artwork. Below you can see how my tot’s name is cleverly included in the castle’s gardens.
Of course, even with the fantastic illustrations, what is a storybook without a good storyline? Luckily, Jennifer Dewing has written a wonderful story that gently bounces off your tongue as you read. The vocabulary would be a nice challenge for younger readers, but also not too dull for an older one. Although the book takes note of your little one’s beauty; it also states…
It’s the inside that counts.
It’s what’s found in your heart.”
I love this gentle reminder that true beauty comes from within and although my daughters are adorable (I may be biased), I do want them to grow into wonderful ladies full of integrity and generosity. The book wraps up with this final line…
remember how unique and special you are.”
I really can’t think of another thought that I would like them falling asleep to. It seems to me that it is the perfect guarantee for sweet dreams and a peaceful sleep. I actually think I need to write something like this on the inside of my mirror, so each night as I brush my teeth before bed, I can be reminded that although I’m far from perfect, I am the “perfect” version of me.
So, as I wrap up this review, I have a little wish for you. I wish for you to have a few special moments, in between the challenges, frustrations, and life’s other components. A moment to realize how truly blessed you are to have a unique child so dear and so close to your heart.
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Stay tuned to win a personalized “My Royal Birthday Adventure” storybook of your own.
Winner will be able to choose girl or boy version.
I received samples for the purpose of reviewing. Opinions are my own and/or my families and are not influenced by any form of compensation.