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God Gave Us Family Hardcover – October 17, 2017
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About the Author
Lisa Tawn Bergren is the best-selling author of nearly fifty books, including God Gave Us You and the beloved God Gave Us children’s series. Her creativity and love of writing spans many genres, from children’s books and devotionals to adult fiction. She and her husband, Tim, reside in Colorado with their three big kids.
David Hohn is an award-winning illustrator whose art has graced many popular children’s books, including God Gave Us Christmas. He graduated with honors from the Maryland Institute College of Art and has an MFA in Illustration from the University of Hartford. David lives in Portland, Oregon with his family.
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“Mama, how come our family only has one kid?”
“Well, Little Pup, you’re the only child we have so far, and maybe the only one we’ll ever have. But we thank God for you. Your arrival made us a family.”
“Wally’s family has eight kids! And we only get one?”
“God gave them their family,” Papa said, “just as he gave us ours. Families come in all sizes.”
“We could ’dopt a baby,” Little Pup said.
“Adopt?” Mama asked.
“Yeah. Like Ben’s family.”
“That’s something to consider,” Papa said. “It’s special when a family adopts a child as their own. It’s kind of like how God makes each of us part of his family. Choosing us, loving us, forever.”
“God gives us family in lots of different ways,” Papa said. “Look at Graham the Goose. His mama is raising all those goslings herself.”
“Yeah, but they get to see their dad this summer. He lives on another pond.”
“Sometimes a mama or papa can’t be a part of raising their kids every day,” Papa said. “But they’re still family.”
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It is a sweet story, with magnificent artwork, told through the eyes of a wolf pup. He wonders why his family looks different than all the others since he is the only “child.” He notices that some animal families are small, some big, some have adopted children, some families have parents who are divorced/separated, and even some children are raised by their grandparents. But even though the families look different and come in all sizes, the little wolf pup learns that God is the one that brings families together.
Since children are so curious, and ask lots of questions, I can see this being a powerful book to use with children (the book’s recommend age is 3-8 years old) to explain why their family might look different than other families.
One thing that possibly could have been added is a nod to a single person, or single couple without children. Because aren’t there many different ways to define family? The book even says: “Whenever somebody is loving and caring to another, that’s family.” So couldn’t a couple without children be considered a family? Every person’s relationship situation is different. Some people consider life-long friends their family or their church community as family. There are so many ways to define family. So just know that this book doesn’t hit on all of them.
Overall, the message is clear and sweet: God makes each of us a part of His family.
*I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this unbiased review.
I have a three year old and a one and a half year old, and they both enjoy this book. The illustrations are cute and have plenty to look at, and the book is generally attractive to young children. My three year old follows along and tries to rephrase what is happening, while her little sister makes one-word comments to recap what she sees. We have another of Bergren’s books called God Gave Us You, which is a simpler board book targeted to slightly younger children. God Gave Us Family is a little longer and has more pages and words, but as I said I still found it appropriate for my little ones.
I would definitely recommend this book to parents of young children. It is appropriate for a pretty wide range of ages (3-5 is probably the best though) and it teaches some great truths about family as a gift from God.
I received this book for free from the publisher through the Blogging for Books blogger review program. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions and thoughts I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255
In this edition, Little Pup and his family are headed to their family reunion. Along the way, Little Pup questions his parents about why they only have one child in their family. They explore the idea that families come in all different styles: grandparents, single parents, adoption. In the end, Little Pup decides he loves the family that he's been given, crazy cousins and all.
talking about different types of families
mention of adoption
positive parent/ child relationship
Part way through the book the story changes from dialogue to narrative. Although I still loved the story, it would have been better to keep it all in one style or have a mix of the two throughout. Having the book change halfway through 'caused it to loose it's continuity. And it was sad to see the dialogue with Little Pup's parents disappear.
All in all, I did enjoy this book and think it would be especially helpful for any child struggling with family relationships. It's also a great starting point for discussion about different types of families. While not my favorite within the series, it is a sweet story and would make a nice gift for the child in your life.
*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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Book Summary: Little Pup’s wolf family is on their way to a special reunion—with lots of cousins, games, roasting...Read more