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Erin Lowmaster4 Stars Out Of 5Great Teaching ToolJanuary 20, 2011Erin LowmasterQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4God Gave Us the World by Lisa Tawn Bergren is the sixth book in the "God Gave Us" series. This book is generally geared toward children ages 3-7 years old. After reading it myself, I found that it is full of a lot of food for thought in teaching our children.
The large colorfully illustrated pages in this book are sure to engage this visual interest of children. My daughter going on three this year really liked pointing out the images on each pages of the various bears. In this story you'll find the mama bear taking her cub on a trip to a museum in order to teach him about bears living in different habitats that eat different foods, and she points out how they look different, even though they are all bears. Through this lesson the cub and the children listening and reading this book will and will have learned the importance truths about God and his creation in making us all different and not the same and how to celebrate those differences and care for the earth around us.
This is a wonderful book that should be in every child's library. I look forward to adding and reading the other titles in the God Gave Us series.
Delia Latham4 Stars Out Of 5Little book...big wisdomJanuary 18, 2011Delia LathamQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Like most little guys his age, Little Cub is full of questions when he visits the museum with his family. One special exhibit displays bears from various locations around the world. The young polar bear is surprised to find that a world exists beyond the North Pole. He's even further amazed to discover that bears who live in those far off places are not just like him. They look different, they eat different, they like different things.
Little Cub wonders why God didn't make all bears alike and place them all together in one place.
Every little "cub" needs someone like Mama Bear to show them the wonderful reality of God's inventiveness. In the beautifully illustrated pages of God Gave Us the World, Mama Bear gives Little Cub a glimpse into the vastness of the world he lives in, the amazing inventiveness of a Creator who designed a universe of variation and diversity, and the importance of taking care of the corner of the world in which God placed him. By the end of the day, the little bear cub knows without a doubt that every bear is unique. Every bear is loved. Every bear has his own special place in God's great big, wonderful world.
All children could benefit from the contents of this beautiful picture book.
What a great way to discover that "different" does not equal "bad" or "wrong", and that God loves each one of the creatures he createdÃ¢â¬âevery color, every tribe, every nation_every bear!
Between the bright covers of God Gave Us the World lies a treasure trove of gentle wisdom and value. It is entertaining, educationalÃ¢â¬âand an absolute must-have for young readers.
Christy Lockstein5 Stars Out Of 5Charming illustration and great writingJanuary 13, 2011Christy LocksteinQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5God Gave Us the World by Lisa T. Bergren and Laura J. Bryant is the most recent entry in the wonderful God Gave Us series. In this book, Little Bear and his family visit a museum where he sees other bears from around the world, and he wonders about their differences and just why God made them that way. Mama Bear carefully explains God's care for creation to her curious little cub. I truly love this series by Bergren and how she uses these bears to explain difficult concepts to children in a way they can easily understand. From love to Heaven to Christmas in previous books, to Creation here. The lesson here is that God is our Creator, and He has made each of us different for a reason, and we need to appreciate each other as special and important to Him. Even though we may look different or act differently, we are all a part of His plan. Bergren also points out that it is important to care for the world around us as well, in respect to the Lord. Bryant's artwork is charming and will draw children's interest in, while Bergren's easy conversation between Mama Bear and Little Bear will keep them turning the pages. I look forward to see what is next for Little Bear and his family in the next book.