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God Gave Us Christmas [Hardcover]

Lisa Tawn Bergren , David Hohn
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (263 customer reviews)

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October 10, 2006 3 - 7 yearsPreschool - 2God Gave Us...
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.

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About the Author

Lisa Tawn Bergren is the best-selling author of ten novels, three novellas, and two gift books. God Gave Us Christmas is her third children’s book. She makes her messy-but-cozy home in Colorado, with her husband, Tim, and their children, Olivia, Emma, and Jack.

David Hohn is an award-winning illustrator who graduated with honors from the Maryland Institute college of Art. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Series: God Gave Us...
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (October 10, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400071755
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400071753
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 0.3 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (263 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,418 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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123 of 128 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read! August 15, 2007
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This is one of my new favorite reads for the Christmas season (or anytime, really)! IT has a sweet, warm message. I love finding books with a true Christian theme. Santa Clause and Frosty are great, and have a place in our traditions, but it's also very important to keep a focus on the reason we celebrate Christmas in the first place. I have read this book to 4 and 5-year-olds, who enjoyed it very much. We read it two or three times in one week! They loved it each time, and I loved reinforcing the wonderful spirit of the book. I HIGHLY recommend this for children ages 3-12 (and the adults who love them)!
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Christmas Gift November 29, 2006
Format:Hardcover
"Who 'vented Christmas? Was it Santa?" This book answers a child's questions with tenderness as a mother bear and her cub go looking for the giver of Christmas--not Santa, but God. There is no Santa bashing, however, when Mama says, "Santa Claus reminds us about many good things..." The mother and child find God in the natural world and in the hearts of people. Illustrated beautifully, this book is sure to become a Christmas classic.
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71 of 81 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed March 21, 2011
By Amy
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I was a bit disappointed with this book. Since it's called "God gave us Christmas" I thought it would draw on the biblical account of Christ's birth and talk about Jesus being born in a stable in bethlehem etc. but it didnt. It doesnt mention any details about the nativity at all. It does show nativity decorations in two of the illustrations but that's it.
The story starts with Little Cub wanting to go find Santa. Mama Bear says that Santa is hard to find but says they will go find God instead. They go for a hike, when camping for the night Mama Bear wakes up her child. When Little Cub asks why, Mama Bear replies "Because it's God, Little Cub. Come see!" Then she shows Little Cub the northern lights. Through out the book God is compared to other things such as; ice falling into the sea, a "star that changed from green to red to green again", and a flower. I think these poor analogies would just confuse a young child and that the message of this book is wishy-washy. I will not be reading it to my daughter.
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
By 2teach2
Format:Hardcover
Great book about the true meaning of Christmas. Lots of books do that, however, this one actual gives a good reason for Santa - other than "he's not real". Regardless of whether Santa is part your Christmas celebration, kids always hear about it. Illustrations are beautifully done. My 3 year-old loves this "bear book".
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42 of 50 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "God Gave Us Christmas" by Lisa Bergren December 7, 2009
Format:Hardcover
Lisa Bergren, author of "God Gave Us Love," has continued her insightful, much needed series with the bears in her new book, "God Gave Us Christmas," A beautiful compilation of the teaching of the Savior's birth, the importance of showing your children that God can be found in all things around them and a great book to answer the question of the importance of Santa Claus. This book teaches children how to find God everywhere they look, in all of His creation, and to have faith in Him without seeing Him.

Another very important aspect addressed in this wonderful book is the power of the Lord, in which He commands the water to freeze and glaciers to melt.

Many books do not question the importance of Santa Claus during the holiday season, however, "God Gave Us Christmas," does just that. By showing children that Santa is just an aspect of Christmas, helping to show generosity, the child is able to learn that the Savior Jesus Christ is the true meaning of Christmas. As a Christian parent that worries about my children confusing the commercialism of Christmas as the true meaning of the holiday, this important aspect of the story is welcoming.

In this book, the little cub is grateful for her mother's teaching of God. Every parent should be willing and happy to share the love of God and teach their children about the gift of salvation. Now their is this great book that allows us to do that. I encourage parents of young children, especially while in the midst of the Christmas season, to pick up this book, read it to your children and remind them of its many lessons.

This book was provided for review by WaterBrook Multanomah Publishing Group.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Didn't address the topic at all December 12, 2012
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While the premise of this story is cute (little bear asks mama if they can find Santa, mama explains they should find God), it doesn't really address the question about why we celebrate Christmas the way we do. The whole book focuses on God being everywhere (which is a good message in itself, but not what the book claimed to actually be about). The book did not address Santa (who he is, why we celebrate Christmas with Santa) nor other common Christmas traditions. In fact, it barley touched on the birth of Christ. So, there is no Christian Christmas or traditional Christmas explained in this book . . . the majority of the story just reminds children that "God is everywhere." I suppose it's politically correct, but this is not what I was looking for to help educate my child on the meaning and importance of Christmas. This book was a disappointment.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars God Gave Us Christmas December 1, 2009
Format:Hardcover
God Gave Us Christmas by Lisa Tawn Bergren is a children's book featuring a Mama Bear and her "Little Cub". Little Cub wants to know who invented Christmas. Was it Santa? Mama Bear explains that God made Christmas and they set out on an adventure to go find God and see how He gave us Christmas, because "God is everywhere". The illustrations were nicely done. I think some of the wording can be misleading because it seems to imply that God is a chunk of ice although it does clarify that "...he can command the water to freeze and the glacier to melt" - referring to the chunk of ice that fell into the sea.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group in exchange for my honest review.
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