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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.
Number of Pages: 40
Vendor: Random House
Publication Date: 2000
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 8.50 (inches)|
Series: God Gave Us
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.
Laura J. Bryant studied painting, printmaking, and sculpture at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. She has illustrated numerous award-winning childrens books, including God Gave Us You, Smudge Bunny, and If You Were My Baby. Laura lives in Asheville, North Carolina.
rachel081088Buffalo, nyAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Really CuteDecember 1, 2014rachel081088Buffalo, nyAge: 25-34Gender: femaleLove reading this book with my boys and my little girl. It is so innocent and so cute.
faithful readerMarylandAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5wonderfulDecember 1, 2014faithful readerMarylandAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The title says it all...
Crystal Serving JoyfullyAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Great book for the family!April 26, 2012Crystal Serving JoyfullyAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4My 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.)
KatieHuntington Beach, Ca.Age: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Always a very sweet loving story.March 23, 2012KatieHuntington Beach, Ca.Age: Over 65Gender: femaleThis 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.
1kyteacherAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Darling Story!March 19, 20121kyteacherAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5God 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.
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!