Thursday, February 24, 2011

God Gave Us the World - Lisa T. Bergren and Laura J. Bryant

"God Gave Us the World" is about different kinds of bears as seen from the perspective of Mama Bear and Little Cub, polar bears who live in cold weather.  When Mama Bear takes Little Cub to a bear exhibit at a local museum, they are able to see several types of bears, what they eat, and their habitats.  The author reinforces that God created many different bears who eat different things and live in all kinds of different places because he is a creative God.  It talks about outward differences, and also differences on the inside.  This book is an excellent way to prepare young children for interacting with others from different cultures or backgrounds.  It certainly hit a chord with our family, because we have moved so much and had the privilege of experiencing different cultures firsthand.
Aside from having an excellent moral and life lesson, my three kids (ages 5, 4, & 2) all loved this story and the art was wonderful.  I enjoyed the story; the length of the book was perfect.  "God Gave Us the World" is one of several in the "God Gave Us" series, and I will definitely keep a lookout for the other books as well.  I recommend this as a handy tool for parents to teach their children a godly perspective and positive attitude toward people from a different background than their own.  It is especially helpful during times of transition such as entering a new school or moving to a new town.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

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