God Gave Us Heaven Hardcover – Picture Book, August 19, 2008
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"Why, Heaven is God's home
the most amazing place we'll ever get to see."
"More amazing than Glacier Bay?" Little Cub asked.
"Glacier Bay is the best place ever."
"Yes, Little Cub. Even better than Glacier Bay."
- Grade level : Preschool - 2
- Item Weight : 9.4 ounces
- Hardcover : 40 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1400074460
- ISBN-13 : 978-1400074464
- Dimensions : 8.74 x 0.33 x 8.79 inches
- Publisher : WaterBrook; Illustrated edition (August 19, 2008)
- Reading level : 3 - 7 years
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,888 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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- Explained clearly the difference between angels and people, and that people do not become angels when they go to Heaven.
- Explained going to Heaven like crossing a bridge - a bridge made by Jesus. Very nice visual for a 5-year-old.
- Does not promise at any point that "only older people die." It says that usually people are older before they die, but that "sometimes accidents or bad things happen." Here is why I think this is important to include. I am an elementary school teacher, and have been teaching for 9 years. Three times during those 9 years, we have had a student pass away (5 years old, 7 years old, and 11 years old). While it's horrible that this happens, it can be made much worse if kids are promised that it never happens to kids. This book instead focuses on going to Heaven as going to a wonderful place where there will never be any more pain and sickness.
One thing I wish this book included: that it's okay to be sad when someone dies, and that it's even okay to be both sad and happy (sad at the loss and happy that they're in Heaven). Kids should know that even though Heaven is a happy place, they shouldn't feel required to stay happy, or stop themselves from crying if that's what they feel. Still, overall, it was a wonderful book, very clearly and simply done, and with beautiful illustrations.
The three books I bought were: this one, A Travel Guide to Heaven for Kids [https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/0736955097], and A Place Called Heaven for Kids [https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/0801094283].
This one does the best at answering what Heaven is as relates to people we love who have gone there. It's a sweet, cuddly book, but for that reason may not be so useful if children have real questions they want answered. It doesn't give evidence for it's assertions. The adult reading it to the child carries the weight of verifying it is true.
A Travel Guide to Heaven for Kids is very good at showing that Heaven is a wonderful place that kids and anyone else would like to be. It also has really great illustrations showing Heaven as a wonderful place that is just as fascinating as earth and more so. Some of the story line is far-fetched and so like many children's books it tends to blur the line between fantasy and reality (like getting a visitor's badges for a visit to Heaven that remains after the visit). And, again, no evidence that what it says is true besides the adult's affirmation who is reading it to the child.
A Place Called Heaven for Kids is a book aimed at showing what Heaven is about based on verses from scripture and how to be sure we are going to Heaven. It does a fairly good job at this except that some of the verses used infer the point made rather than explicitly make the point. So, the adult reader may have to explain the link between the two to the child. Also, the illustrations seem to have a more dated style like Sunday School illustrations from the 80's and 90's. Still, it's the only one of the three that gives evidence for what Heaven is like.
Depending on your need, each can have a valuable place in your library of children's books.