Prince Preemie by Jewel Kats

Prince Preemie: A Tale of a Tiny Puppy Who Arrives Early by Jewel Kats
Illustrator: Claudia Marie Lenart
Published by Loving Healing Press on December 1, 2016
Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review consideration.
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The King and Queen of Puppy Kingdom are joyfully awaiting the arrival of their Prince. But the couple and their kingdom are thrown into upheaval when it is learned that Prince Puppy will arrive early, before his important crown is completed. How can they call him Prince without a crown? Discover how the King solves this problem in Prince Preemie: A Tale of a Tiny Puppy Who Arrives Early. Children will be swept away into this dreamy, fairy tale land of adorable dogs created from wool.
"As the mother of two children born pre-term, I can relate to the sorrow and joy that Prince Preemie's parents faced at his early arrival. Through magical writing and illustrations Jewel Kats and Claudia Marie Lenart once again help children of all abilities and their families understand the special gifts that are inside each one of us." --Kelli Kelley, Founder and Exec. Director, -- Fragile Babies, Strong Support
"Prince Preemie is a sweet book that offers a good way to start conversations with a preemie child about their early birth. The story hints at the stress and fear that comes with having a child prematurely, but leaves the reader feeling hopeful." --Andrea Mullenmeister, writer at
"The arrival of a premature baby can be confusing for a young child. In this delightful dog kingdom, Jewel Kats has created a teaching tool that normalizes the situation. Claudia Marie Lenart's illustrations look cuddly, every child will love them and be drawn into the story of Prince Preemie even without the words." --Bob Rich, PhD, psychologist, author of Anger and Anxiety: Be In Charge of Your Emotions and Control Phobias
"Prince Preemie is a feel good book -- the story is one of inspiration, determination and acceptance. It reminds us that there is always hope and that with optimism, dedication and love you can create the good and happiness into every situation you face." --Robin Marvel, author of Framing a Family: Building a Foundation to Raise Confident Children
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Most of C’s early baby pictures feature an isolette, leads, tubes, etc. She asks questions about the photos, and sometimes it’s hard to know how to respond in a kid-friendly way. The late Jewel Kats wrote Prince Preemie so that children could learn more about their premature birth. This is tricky, because every preemie has a unique story, but the details here are vague enough that the story comes close to fitting everyone. This simple, sweet fairy tale answers the most basic questions, but doesn’t give children more information than they can handle. It acknowledges the fears of their parents, but does so gently, lightly, keeping a hopeful tone throughout.

Claudia Marie Lenart’s needle felted wool illustrations are honestly the coolest thing! I mean, look at this (my cell phone camera doesn’t do it justice, but you get the idea):

Every page features a different scene just as lovely as this. I wanted to reach out and touch the pages!

A few years ago I posted a Top Ten Books I’d Recommend to Preemie Parents, and mentioned that not all books are a “safe” gift for parents with a baby currently in the NICU. It’s a difficult and highly emotional time. I wouldn’t give Prince Preemie to parents with a baby currently in the NICU who are facing a difficult stay. But it would make a perfect gift once the baby is headed home.

Jewel Kats wrote a number of children’s books about disabilities, chronic illness, and more; best of all, Claudia Marie Lenart illustrated some of those, too! You can find these titles on