Thursday, December 17, 2009

Personal Child Stories...as unique as your child


Shara Lawrence-Weiss
Founder, Personal Child Stories

Personal Child Stories. The name is self-explanatory. The result is simply amazing. These books are so personalized that you would think that Shara Lawrence-Weiss, the creator of PCS, knows each of the children for whom she writes the books.  Clearly, she does her homework when it comes to their creation.

The stories are creative and the prose is catchy. Each book stars your child as the main character, with a storyline that relates to whatever you wish. PCS books can assist you in helping your child adjust to any number of transitions:

~ a new sibling
~ preparing for surgery or other medical procedures
~ understanding death
~ behavioral issues
~ coping with divorce
~ dealing with moving
~ special needs of any sort
~ being a sibling of a special needs child
~ or any other issue that you are helping your child tackle

PCS, the brainchild of Lawrence-Weiss, grew out of a very personal need to help her own child cope with a medically-related issue. You can read about it here.

The books are child-proof and virtually indestructible. They are ring-bound, laminated and very sturdy. They can be written on and easily wiped off.  That makes them even more perfect than traditional "paper" books.

While holding these books in my hands to review, I could almost feel the love that was poured into them. REALLY! They were sweet, with a very powerful message.

PCS books build self-esteem, encourage social and emotional development and help kids solve problems. With your child as the main character, a PCS book is sure to become one of his or her favorite reads. 

To get a glimpse at just how well-crafted these books are, take a peek at one of my faves. It’s a bittersweet memoir of a little girl’s beloved dog. Be sure to get the tissues…you’ve been warned.  After viewing this, and others available on the PCS site, you'll see why they were a natural for the Kidlutions Preferred Product Award.
You can also see a short video of a child reading her own PCS book, too:



While the books I reviewed were created for younger children, I personally witnessed an almost 10-year-old and a 12-year-old enthralled with them.  (Note that the books were not even about them...they featured other children.) Following is a conversation between the two kids that I overheard,  "Wow.  How cool is that?  These are neat!"  "I know, I really like these!"

These books are more than books, they are treasures...and because they are so durable, they are also family heirlooms.  You won't find 'em in a store, though...you'll only find them at Personal Child Stories.

7 comments:

  1. What a kind review; thank you, Wendy :-) I love that you "get me" and that you appreciate my heart mission. Also - way cool that the older kids liked the books, too!! This business is so close to my heart and has such a rich history, attached to my first child. Thank you for taking the time to honor that in this post. Happy Holidays to you and yours!

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  2. You are more than welcome. These books are really beyond compare! I think they will far exceed the reader's expectations! Keep up the great work!

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  3. If you can not be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.............................................

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  4. Thank you @kidlutions. I just discovered this review. Same concept as "The Genius in Children: Bringing out the Best in Your Child." Being yourself is as good as it gets and that's GREAT.

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