Sunday, July 24, 2011

Review: God Gave Us You

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God Gave Us You (Board Book)

WaterBrook Press; 1st edition (September 19, 2000

***Special thanks to Laura Tucker, WaterBrook Multnomah Publicity, for sending me a review copy.***


Lisa Tawn Bergren is the best-selling author of eight novels, three novellas, and two gift books, with more than a half-million books in print. God Gave Us You is her first children’s book. As an editor during the week and a writer on weekends, she makes her very-messy-but-cozy home in Colorado with her husband, Tim, and their daughters, Olivia and Emma.

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Laura J. Bryant attended the Maryland Institute of Art, where she received a strong foundation in drawing, painting, and print-making. Illustrating children’s books has provided her with both a rewarding and creative career. Laura’s clients have included Simon & Schuster, McGraw Hill, and Stech-Vaughn publishers, among others. She currently lives among the tidal rivers on the eastern shore of Maryland with her loving husband and curiously cantankerous cat!

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Filled with playful, winsome illustrations by an artist who specializes in polar bear images, this four-color, read-to-me picture book will build children’s self-esteem through the tale of a mama bear who reassuringly explains where her cub came from and affirms Mama and Papa’s great love for her.

Product Details:

List Price: $10.99
Reading level: Baby-Preschool
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: WaterBrook Press; 1st edition (September 19, 2000)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1578563232


To Liv, Emma, and Jack—
Words cannot express how glad
we are that God gave us you.

To Ron and Shirley—
Who have an endless supply of love and generosity.

“Good night, sweet child,” Mama said as she tucked Little Cub in.

But Little Cub wasn’t quite ready to go to sleep.

“Mama, where did I come from?” she asked.

“From God,” her mother answered. “Your papa and I were alone, and we wanted
a baby.”

“And you got me?” Little Cub asked, her voice muffled by the covers.

“Yes, my special child. God gave us you.”

Esmé's Point of View:

The book is about loving and bears.  Mama Bear tells Little Cub that she came from God.  I am like Little Cub because God gave me to my Mom and Dad.  And I know God gave me my Mom, too.  And my Dad.

I like the book.  I like Little Cub because she is so cute.  My favorite part is where the bears were rushing to the hospital before Little Cub is born.

What Mom Thinks:

A very sweet book for cuddle-times that emphasizes how each child is a special gift, straight from God.  This board book version is durable for little tiny ones, but the message is ageless.

I sometimes wonder if it’s confusing to give bears human attributes (or depict a human story using bear characters), but I know my daughter has always adored animals “that can really talk” – so this makes the book extremely appealing to her.

Overall, sweet illustrations and a beautiful message make this book a winner.


TheRockerMom said...

We have this book (though ours is not a board book) and Robbie and I both loved it, too!!