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Number of Pages: 22
Vendor: WaterBrook Press
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 6.63 X 6.00 (inches)
Availability: In Stock
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As Mama bear tucks her youngest cub under the quilts, she gently, tenderly, and reassuringly communicates the message loving parents everywhere (bears and non-bears alike) want their little ones to hear: "We wanted you very, very much, and we are so very glad becauseGod gave us you."
Perfect for bedtime, naptime, storytime or anytime, God Gave Us You provides a valuable opportunity to build children's self-esteem every day and assure each one that he or she truly is a welcomed, precious, and treasured gift from the Lord.
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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 childrens 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.
Laura J. Bryant attended the Maryland Institute of Art, where she received a strong foundation in drawing, painting, and print-making. Illustrating childrens books has provided her with both a rewarding and creative career. Lauras 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!
Annies InklingsWenatchee, WAAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5When I was a new mama . . .May 6, 2012Annies InklingsWenatchee, WAAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Boy, does this bring back memories! Being a book lover, I began to read to my son when he was only months old, and then carried on with my granddaughters as they were born. This story is exactly the kind that I liked to share with them.
"God Gave Us You," is a very sweet little board book written by Lisa Tawn Bergren and beautifully illustrated. It is about a Papa and Mama polar bear and their Little Cub. One night as Mama was tucking Little Cub into bed, she asked, "Mama, where did I come from?" There follows a delightful and loving conversation where Mama answers questions from Little Cub and explains that Little Cub was a truly treasured gift from God. Papa and Mama were so excited and even the angels in heaven were celebrating because Little Cub was growing inside Mama. As Mama's tummy got bigger and bigger, Papa talked to Little Cub and sang to her because he wanted Little Cub to be born knowing his voice. They prayed every night to God that Little Club would have straight bones and a strong heart, but most of all that someday Little Club would love God. Mama continued with the story and when she came to the end, Little Cub went happily to sleep because she knew that God had given her to parents who wanted her and loved her very much. The story is so touching that I believe if you read it to your child, he or she will truly feel like a gift from the Lord.
EmilyRib Lake, WIAge: 18-24Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5A decent book.April 28, 2012EmilyRib Lake, WIAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4God Gave Us You
Written by: Lisa Tawn Bergren
Illustrated by: Laura J. Bryant
Published by: WaterBrook Press
I am excited to give God Gave Us You along with God Gave Us Two to my little nephew for Easter, because they are both special, sentimental, books.
The story starts with the little bear asking the always scary question to parents, "where did I come from?" After that the book is filled with the mama bear answering his question in a beautiful child friendly way, telling of how God gave the little bear to his mommy and daddy, and how excited her and his daddy were for his arrival.
Note, I just realized I have been calling the little bear a "he", but in actuality the book calls her a "she".
Are cute scenes of the bear family.
Pictures of polar bear angels were a little strange to me... but to each his own, I guess.
How strong is the book?
This is a hardcover book that is relatively strong, but my nephew hasn't gotten hold of it yet.
Who the book is for:
This would make a great gift for a new baby, or for a baby shower. This book is also good for reading to children once they are old enough to start asking a lot of questions.
What I liked:
God Gave Us You is a sweet story of parental love.
What I didn't like:
As I stated above, personally I didn't like the polar bear angels.
This is an excellent book and will make a great gift. I give God Gave Us You 5 out of 5 stars!
I received this book free to review from Blogging for Books, opinions expressed in this review are my true thoughts and feeling regarding this book. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.
SmileyMommyBowling Green, KYAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Wonderful book!!April 23, 2012SmileyMommyBowling Green, KYAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5What a wonderfully written book about God giving us our babies! They truly are a gift from God and Lisa Tawn Bergren does a wonderful job of explaining the whole pregnancy to Little Cub !! My children loved the book and illustrations as well!!
So MommyHartselle, ALAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great book!February 9, 2012So MommyHartselle, ALAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I received "God Gave Us You" by Lisa Tawn Bergren to review from WaterBrook Press through the Blogging for Books program.
We own a few of the "God Gave Us" book, and we love everyone of them! These books are great tools to teach your child that God made them special no matter what. I love our new "God Gave Us You" book because it is small enough to take along with us and read anytime. The art by Laura J. Bryant is beautiful, as always! My daughter loves the pictures of the polar bears. "God Gave Us You" is an easy-to-understand book that teaches kids that are each treasured gifts from the Lord.
I would definitely recommend this book to everyone I know with kids! This would be a great book for new parents!
Phronsie HowellAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5August 24, 2011Phronsie HowellAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5God Gave Us You by Lisa Tawn Bergren tells the story of how Mama and Papa Polar Bear got Baby Polar Bear. It's bedtime and Baby asks Mama the ever popular question "Where did I come from?". Mama, in all her wisdom, tells Baby that her and Papa were lonely so God decided that they were going to have Baby. With beautiful illustrations, we get to follow Mama through her retelling of the feelings she and Papa felt while they were waiting for Baby.
It says it's for children 0 - 3 on the back but our 4 yr old loved it (so don't go by the ages on the back, it's great for any age)! Even our 8 month old say and looked at the pictures while I read it. The pictures are beautiful and the story is perfect. Being a mom I really related to Mama's recounting of their excitement and joy throughout the gestation process. This is going to become a bedtime book for many years, I can already tell.
Our book that we got for review is a board book, which is great with three kids (one of whom loves to eat everything). It would fit perfectly in a diaper bag or as part of a baby shower gift.
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Waterbrook-Multnomah Publishing group in exchange for an honest review.