God Gave Us Love
By: Lisa Tawn Bergren
Artwork By Laura J. Bryant
Reviewed by Jklyn L. for Radiant Lit.com
Genre: Children’s Board Book
Publisher: WaterBrook Press
Date: February 6, 2012
Reviewed for: Radiant Lit.com
This story is about a grandpa and granddaughter bear. These characters are really close, but when they go fishing one afternoon Little Cub, the granddaughter is mad at the otters for scaring the fish away. Little Cub says, “I don’t like the otters anymore. Their scaring all of the fish away.” The grandpa tells Little Cub all about how God sent His Son down from Heaven to die on the cross, because He loves all of us, and wanted to save us from our sins.
The author, Lisa Tawn Bergren did a good job at explaining the story so that younger kids could understand it, but the one thing she needs to do is when the characters go home, or something like that she needs to make mention of that movement in the story, so that the child will understand what is happening in the story better. Other than this lack of movement, the story was amazing.
I personally love the artwork by Laura J. Bryant, because it so cute. I think if you read this story to a younger sister or brother, or your own child you need to point out the pictures, only because the story kind of jumps from place to place, but the pictures show them walking home. The child you’re reading the book to may not understand why their in one place and then on the next page their suddenly in another.
I think this is a great book for an older sister or brother to read to a younger sister or brother. The child may have questions like” Where did they come from?”, or “How did they get there?” that you will need to answer by using the pictures in the book. However, I think it is a great story to read to a toddler or 6-7 year old. I definitely think this is a wonderful story about God’s love.
*Review copy provided by publisher–Thank you!
*G–young children may need parental help in reading and following the story, but isn’t necessary.