God Gave Us You  -     By: Lisa Tawn Bergren
    Illustrated By: Laura J. Bryant
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God Gave Us You

Illustrated By: Laura J. Bryant
Random House, Inc / 2000 / Hardcover

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When a charming polar bear cub climbs into bed one night, she asks her Mama a very important question--one that little "human cubs" often wonder about, too: "Where did I come from?" 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 because--"God 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. Recommended for ages 4 to 8.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 40
Vendor: Random House, Inc
Publication Date: 2000
Dimensions: 8.50 X 8.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1578563232
ISBN-13: 9781578563234
Availability: In Stock
Ages: 2-5
Series: God Gave Us

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When a charming polar bear cub climbs into bed one night, she asks her mama a very important question--one that little "human cubs" often wonder about too: "Where did I come from?"

As Mama Bear tucks her young 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 because..."God 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 above.

Author Bio

Lisa Tawn Bergren is the award-winning author of nearly thirty titles, totaling more than 1.5 million books in print. She writes in a broad range of genres, from adult fiction to devotional. She makes her home in Colorado, with her husband, Tim, and their three children. Visit her website at LisaTawnBergren.com
 
Laura J. Bryant studied painting, printmaking, and sculpture at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. She has illustrated numerous award-winning children’s books, including God Gave Us You, Smudge Bunny, and If You Were My Baby. Laura lives in Asheville, North Carolina.

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  1. Crystal Serving Joyfully
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Great book for the family!
    April 26, 2012
    Crystal Serving Joyfully
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    My family enjoyed this book. One thing I particularly loved about this book is the author's use of repetition throughout to drive the point home. I have a 2 year old and a 4 year old and repetition is an important part of learning for them. Nearly every part of the conversation ends with some form of "God gave us you." Since this is such an important message, I appreciated the repetition.

    The illustrations in this book are darling!

    Things to note: The book deals quite a bit with pregnancy. Although it is done in a way that little ones can understand, parents might want to make sure it's not more explicit than you're prepared to be (the book discusses baby growing in mommy's tummy, going to the doctor to hear a heartbeat, mommy feeling special signals when baby wants out, etc.). This being said, I think the book could easily serve as a teaching tool for your child if you're expecting another little one--it will reinforce that your child was a gift from God, while also explaining what's to come with a new little one.

    Also, while the book is supposed to be for ages 0-3, and it is a board book, I found some of the wording to be a bit awkward, especially for younger children like my 2 year old. Also, for some reason when I read the description ("God Gave us You assures each child that he or she truly is a treasured gift from the Lord), I thought this book was going to include adopted children as well, but it does not.

    (Full Disclosure: I received this book for free as a review copy from Waterbook Press. However, all opinions stated in this review are distinctly my own.)
  2. Katie
    Huntington Beach, Ca.
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Always a very sweet loving story.
    March 23, 2012
    Katie
    Huntington Beach, Ca.
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    This is a birthday gift for my Grandson who lives across the US from me. I want him always to know I love him and he was a special gift sent from heaven to us.
  3. 1kyteacher
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Darling Story!
    March 19, 2012
    1kyteacher
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    God Gave Us You is another delightful book by Lisa Tawn Bergren. In this story, Little Cub asks the question of all questions: Where did I come from?

    Through their conversation, Mother tells Little Cub that Mother and Father were alone and wanted a baby, and she was a gift from God. Mother told her of the happiness and anticipation of waiting and preparing for Little Cub, along with the wonder of her arrival. And all because "God gave us you."

    This is a darling little book for parents to read to their children. I highly recommend it.

    I received a free copy of this book for the purpose of an honest review from Water Brook Press through the Blogging for Books program.
  4. michorose
    Tucson, AZ
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Very Special Story
    September 8, 2011
    michorose
    Tucson, AZ
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I received this book today and I read it to my children right away. Author, Lisa Tawn Bergren, did a great job with this book too! God Gave Us You starts off with a polar bear cub being tucked in for the night. She wasn't sleepy yet so the questions started. "Where did I come from?" My children have asked me that question before, and my answer has always been, Jesus gave you to Mommy and Daddy so we can take care of you and teach you to love Jesus. So, when you grow up and have your own kids you can teach them to love Jesus. Though Mama Bear tells her she came from God, Little Cub continues with the questions.

    She tells the story of her pregnancy. The usual stuff, baby in the belly, it grows big because baby grows big, and then the baby's ready to come out. This story emphasizes to the child that you are with your mama and daddy because God put you there. My 3 yr old wanted to read it herself after I read it to them. She was able to retell the story by picture identification. On the page with the pregnant Mama Bear she read how her tummy got bigger, and bigger, and BIGGER! It was really great to see that. Another great book to add to my kids' library. This is a great book to add to any and every child's library.

    I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah for my honest review.
  5. ibjoy1953
    Virginia
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    God Gave Us You
    July 22, 2011
    ibjoy1953
    Virginia
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I just love this sweet little book about a bear couple and their little cubbie bear, tucking the little one in the bed at night. This bear story explains to young children where they came from, that God gave them to their mommies and daddies. The book is a beautiful board book, with its blue background color blending so well with the other colors throughout the book. The illustrations are precious and adorable, telling the story through pictures as you read it to your child.

    I highly recommend this book to families and couples with babies, or expecting a baby. What a perfect little book to read to your child, even before they are born!

    I received this book free from the publisher, Waterbrook Press to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 55
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Author/Artist Review

Author: Lisa Tawn Bergren
Located in: Colorado Springs, CO
Submitted: January 01, 2001

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I am a full-time mother, wife and writer. I am a leader in my local MOPS group, lead the occasional bible study and procrastinate for weeks on my next writing projects by messing around with my kids. Painting toenails, etc.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  Olivia and Emma are my daughters, 5 and 2 years old. I wanted a way to show them not only how much their parents wanted them and celebrated their life from the start, but also how God did too.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  I hope it will be a good way to answer the omnipresent "Where did I come from?" question when your kids are too young to get into specifics. And I hope it will remind the adults how they are a treasured creation of God as much as show the kids that they are treasured too.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  For this project, my kids! My daughters come up with amazing theological insights and tough questions that make me think all the time.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  People are buying this book for baby showers and baby gifts all the time. It has gorgeous art-- check out my website: www.lisatawnbergren.com if you want to see a couple of interior spreads! Wonderful! And WaterBrook is publishing a follow- up book next fall: GOD GAVE US TWO; the main purpose for that book is to prepare a child for a sibling. Same artist!

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