Lisa Tawn Bergren has a real gift for children's books. She can take concepts and make them easy to grasp and understand. My kids, Philip (11) and Chloe (9) read these two books for me because I was curious to see how they did with them. They both did great and really enjoyed them. I think Chloe only needed help with one or two words so they are written in a way that is easy for kids to read. I asked them what their favorite book was and these are their comments...
CHLOE'S REVIEW: I liked God Gave Us Love best because the polar bears she uses in the books are cute and cuddly. She uses otters to show how we should love each other. My favorite part was when the polar bear family did a group hug because our family does that sometimes too. I would like to read more of Lisa's polar bear books, I really like them.
God Gave Us Love: As Little Cub and Grampa Bear’s fishing adventure is interrupted by mischievous otters, the young polar bear begins to question why we must love others… even the seemingly unlovable.
In answering her questions, Grampa Bear gives tender explanations that teach Little Cub about the different kinds of love that is shared between families, friends, and mamas and papas. Grampa explains that all these kinds of love come from God and that it is important to love others because…
“Any time we show love, Little Cub, we’re sharing a bit of his love.”
This sweet tale will warm the hearts of young children as they learn about all the different sorts of love, while the gentle explanations of each provide a valuable opportunity to encourage children to share with others a “God-sized love.”
I liked God Gave Us Christmas the best because it talks about Jesus' birth. The Polar bear cub wanted to know who invented Christmas so his mama took him on a little trip. They went down a mountain, saw an iceberg, the northern lights and many more wonders of God's nature. Little cub learned that Jesus was the best present of all and he was given just for him. That was the most important part of the story. I like the polar bear characters because they are cute. I would definitely read more of these polar bear books, they tell great stories.
God Gave Us Christmas: As Little Cub and her family prepare to celebrate the most special day of the year, the curious young polar bear begins to wonder… “Who invented Christmas?” Mama’s answer only leads to more questions like “Is God more important than Santa?” So she and Little Cub head off on a polar expedition to find God and to see how he gave them Christmas. Along the way, they find signs that God is at work all around them. Through Mama’s gentle guidance, Little Cub learns about the very first Christmas and discovers that… Jesus is the best present of all.
This enchanting tale provides the perfect opportunity to help young children celebrate the true meaning of Christmas and to discover how very much God loves them.
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. God Gave Us Love follows in Lisa’s classic tradition of the best-selling God Gave Us You. She lives in Colorado, with her husband, Tim, and their children, Olivia, Emma, and Jack.
*I'd like to thank Ashley at Multnomah Books, a division of Random House for the copies of God Gave Us Love and God Gave Us Christmas. To learn more about these and other titles from Multnomah and Random House visit: