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God Gave Us the World Hardcover – January 11, 2011
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About the Author
Laura J. Bryant studied painting, printmaking, and sculpture at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Balitimore. 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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The story written in God Gave Us The World left me feeling dissatisfied. I like children's books that can stand alone without the pictures and the pictures are there to add to the story. The written story never mentions the "Bears Around the World" museum. In fact the story begins with Mama Bear catching snowflakes on her tongue. There are several pages in the story that don't seem to fit with the rest of the story. They almost seem forced. The two sections that come to mind seem to have a different focus than the rest of the book. One page spread switches quickly from different kinds of bears to some are loud, some are quiet, some are fast, some are slow. A second page spread that seemed to disrupt the flow of the story was the pages about caring for the earth. While I agree with the basic sentiment of caring for the earth, these pages did not fit in the flow of this book.
I give this book 3 out of 5 stars. I would gladly check it out at the library to teach my children about diversity and God's amazing creativity, but I probably would not buy this book to keep in my own personal library. The greatest strength of this book is teaching children to embrace diversity in a non-threatening way. Prejudices often start early. This book could be a great conversation starter for eliminating fear of people who are different. Every bear has a special place, ever person has a special place in God's great big world.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.Read more ›
The books illustration (as with the other books in the series) are beautiful.
The only criticism I have to offer is the author went beyond the above theme and tried to also incorporate environmental themes toward the end of the book. The book went a little awry at those points. It felt like she tried to fit too much in one book. The book would have flowed better and made most sense had she simply stuck to valuing each other and saved the theme of caring for the earth for a different book.
(I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.)
Lisa Bergen understands how to convey a message to children.
Be sure to see the entire "God Gave Us" series of books by Lisa Bergen.
Little Cub wonders why God didn't make all bears alike and place them all together in one place.
Every little "cub" needs someone likeMama Bear to show them the wonderful reality of God's inventiveness. In the beautifully illustrated pages of God Gave Us the World, Mama Bear gives Little Cub a glimpse into the vastness of the world he lives in, the amazing inventiveness of a Creator who designed a universe of variation and diversity, and the importance of taking care of the corner of the world in which God placed him. By the end of the day, the little bear cub knows without a doubt that every bear is unique. Every bear is loved. Every bear has his own special place in God's great big, wonderful world.
All children could benefit from the contents of this beautiful picture book.
What a great way to discover that "different" does not equal "bad" or "wrong", and that God loves each one of the creatures he created--every color, every tribe, every nation...every bear!
Between the bright covers of God Gave Us the World lies a treasure trove of gentle wisdom and value. It is entertaining, educational--and an absolute must-have for young readers.
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This is a great book. I highly recommend it for parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents everywhere. Great artwork too. Wonderful story.Published on December 17, 2012 by G. Strawn
This delightful children's story uses a wise mama bear to help her cubs understand- the beautiful world that God has made, full of all types of different bears. Read morePublished on October 8, 2011 by Geekette Bits
Loved this book. Great gift for kids!
Little bear sees that the world is filled with all types of bears that live in different places!
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The illustrations in this book are great! Detailed, and simply beautiful. My little ones (ages 5 and 7) love looking for all the fun little details on the pages. Read morePublished on May 14, 2011 by Debra Brinkman