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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. God Gave Us the World follows in Lisa's classic tradition of the best-selling God Gave Us You. She makes her home in Colorado, with her husband, Tim, and their children, Olivia, Emma, and Jack.

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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Series: God Gave Us...
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook; 42661st edition (January 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400074487
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400074488
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 0.3 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #316,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
God Gave Us The World is a beautifully illustrated book with a good message that children (and adults) need to hide in their hearts. The illustrations in this book are absolutely lovely, my favorite part of the book.

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.
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God Gave Us the World is a sweet book. It follows a mother and her bear club through the museum as the cub learns that there are all different kinds of bears. He asks questions and she answers them. The book does a great job of emphasizing God's creativity and care in creation, as well reinforcing the beauty he placed in making each bear unique. It provides an easy avenue for discussion with your children. The theme is clear- God made us all different, but no matter what skin we have, where we live, or what food we eat, we are all unique and special. We are all valuable and loved. We should appreciate and embrace our differences.

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.)
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We love all of these books, and this one is no exception. When children start asking those difficult questions around things around us, this book is true to the core. The pictures are beautiful, and the story is explained so that even young children can understand. It's definitely a must for all families.
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By BIG E on October 15, 2013
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I BOUGHT THIS BOOK FOR MY SEVEN YEAR OLD GRANDSON AND HE READ IT IN A VERY SHORT TIME. WHEN I QUESTIONED HIM ABOUT IT, HE TOLD MEHE ENJOYED IT AND WANTED TO KNOW IF I AM GONG TO BUY THE ADDITIONAL BOOKS LISTED IN THE BACK. WE ENCOURAGE HIM TO READ AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE IN ORDER TO KEEP HIM OFF THE COMPUTER AND KEEP HIM FROM PLAYING SO MANY VIDEO GAMES. THIS AUTHOR HAS CAPTURED HIS ATTENTION AND THAT MAKE ME HAPPY.
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I have used this book as a gift 3 times and I own my own copy to read to my grandchildren.
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.
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Like most little guys his age, Little Cub is full of questions when he visits the museum with his family. One special exhibit displays bears from various locations around the world. The young polar bear is surprised to find that a world exists beyond the North Pole. He's even further amazed to discover that bears who live in those far off places are not just like him. They look different, they eat different, they like different things.

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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