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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

God Gave us You

From the back of the book:
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 youngest 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 the Lord.

My Review:
 A sweet, simple story about the gift of a child from God.  The authors cover the parents prayers for a child, to God answering and a baby growing bigger and bigger in mom's belly, to hearing the heartbeat for the first time and finally being born and coming home.  Little ones are reminded every step of the way that a child is a gift from God to mom and dad.  The illustrations are charming and there are few enough words on each page that my 2 year old didn't get bored as I read and yet there are enough to convey a very special message, God chooses to create families.

Only two complaints about this book, both minor.  First, the book is specific about the baby growing in momma's belly meaning that this would not be a good book to demonstrate how sometimes God chooses for a family to have children by adoption.  Second, momma (even though she is a polar bear) goes to the hospital to give birth, meaning that those choosing at home birth or a setting other than a hospital may want to reconsider.  If neither of this situations are true for your family, then this is a great book!

You can read an excerpt from this book by clicking the Amazon link above.
This book was received free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review of it. 

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