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God Gave Us You Hardcover – September 19, 2000

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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.

About the Author

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. She makes her home in Colorado, with her husband, Tim, and their three children. Visit her website at LisaTawnBergren.com
 
Laura J. Bryant studied painting, printmaking, and sculpture at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. She has illustrated numerous award-winning children’s books, including God Gave Us You, Smudge Bunny, and If You Were My Baby. Laura lives in Asheville, North Carolina.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press; 1st edition (September 19, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578563232
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578563234
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 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 (390 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By "bateslj" on June 3, 2002
Format: Hardcover
My husband and I love to read this book to our daughter who is 6 months old (we have read it to her since she was in my belly) It is such a sweet story about a mommy bear and a baby girl bear. The story tells the baby what a blessing she is to her mommy and daddy and how God had given her to them.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Charles C. Ellis on August 30, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I just read this book to my 4-year-old son. I should have previewed it before I read it aloud. About half way through, I started to cry. This is such a touching story. It explains, in loving words and pictures, how little cub came to be and why her parents wouldn't trade her for the world. I definitely suggest this for anyone with small children. One word of advice, read it to yourself BEFORE you read it to your child aloud. Maybe you won't cry through the second half of the book as I did.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A. Stephens on February 26, 2002
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This book is a beautiful way of explaining where baby comes from without giving an adult answer. The simple message that your child was a gift from God sums it up, and in a sweet story. The illustrations are soothing, and the story is a good bedtime read.
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61 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 20, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I appear to be in the minority here, but I truly did not like this book. The text comes across as awkward and contrived. For instance, the little polar bear at one point says something about being "borned." It sounds as if an adult is trying to make it sound like a child is speaking but it's not realistic and came across as forced to me rather than the way a mother and child would actually speak to each other. The mother keeps answering "because God gave us you," even when that line doesn't answer the question. It is hard to explain, but "contrived" is the best word I can come up with.

I also didn't care for the way the polar bears rushed to the hospital (an igloo) pulled by a sleigh of huskies - why would animals be pulled by other animals, and why would bears who hang out outside in the snow and swim in the ocean on previous pages give birth in a hospital and then not nurse their baby, as polar bears would actually do? It's odd to me whenever animals are depicted bottle-feeding their babies.

The book has a positive message of babies coming from God, which I agree with wholeheartedly, but the writing style just didn't make it an appealing story to me.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Jacki Whipple on May 15, 2001
Format: Hardcover
FROM GOD... of course!!! This book is just perfect... it is a very cute story of how a baby gets from heaven to the family... a small child (polar bear) is asking her mama where she came from and the reply is "God gave us you"... this goes from conception to birth without all the messy details that little ones just won't get, and You probably aren't ready to give... but it will apease the child for quite some time... also, the illustrations are just adorable...
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By andrea cook on March 6, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is the favorite of all of the children's books I have read to my baby so far!!! Every time I read it, I get a little teary eyed. The story line and illustrations are equally beautiful! It will be one of the signature Baby Shower gifts I will be giving to all of my new pregnant friends!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By E. Bennett on January 6, 2011
Format: Hardcover
After reading the Amazon description for "God Gave Us You" and a few of the glowing reviews, we decided to purchase this book with the intent that it would be read to a child who was adopted. We thought it would be perfect focusing not on the physical pregnancy/birth aspect of things, but instead on the fact that children are given to their parents by God. This was our mistake, as the book mainly focuses on the pregnancy and subsequent delivery for the little bear.

While the book is a cute story and a nice read for small children to answer the question of "where did I come from?" physically, it would be totally inappropriate for an adoptive parent to read it to his or her child. We will eventually end up giving the book to another friend who does have biological children as it is still a nice story, just not at all what we expected. 4 stars is for the story itself, but the book description would get 1 star.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Marla Runyen on September 22, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This beautiful story is very appropriate for my three year old daughter's questions about where she came from. This book chronicles a the birth of a baby bear from when her parents pray for a baby bear all the way through birth without all of the medical details. It simply shows the Mommy bear's tummy growing and the parents preparing for their new arrival. It tastefully omits the actual parts of conception and delivery. It leaves these details for parental discretion. My daughter loved it!
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