This wonderfully illustrated board book is all about love - God's love for us and our love for others. The most important message of the book is of Salvation, given in a simplified version for younger children. Adult readers are given a starting point in the book, "But most of all, "Grampa said, "we know God loves us because he sent his Son to save us..." It's up to them to discuss this more at the child's level of understanding.
The main characters, Grampa and Little Cub, encounter otters while fishing. The playful otters annoy Little Cub. Grampa explains that God wants us to show others love, even when they annoy us. He also explains the different kinds of love for family and friends.
The target audience for God Gave Us Love is 3 years and up. This book has too much to take in for younger children. I think the only thing a 3 year old would remember about this book would be polar bears and love. I found out at the very end that Little Cub was a girl. This could be confusing for a child, since it appears by her clothes and the lack of wording with "he" or 'she" that Little Cub is a boy.
The illustrations in God Gave Us Love are downright cute, 5 star worthy. The colors are comforting. Your heart will be warmed by the cozy winter scenes with this caring polar bear family. The love the characters have for each other is shown through the drawings. I would recommend this book for it's illustrations and the message of God's love.
Lisa Tawn Bergren is a best-selling author of more than thirty books, including The Captain's Bride, The Busy Mom's Devotional, and the God Gave Us children's book series. She and her husband, Tim, live in Colorado Springs, Colorado with their three children.
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