Monday, February 6, 2012

Blog Tour: God Gave Us You (Review)

Small (15 pages) but adorable, Lisa Tawn Bergren and Laura J. Bryant have created a beautiful board book (and series) revolving around a little bear and her quest to know things.

God Gave Us You, is designed to answer Little Cub's question, "Where Did I Come From."

The book provides a sweet, yet honest way to tell a child how they were born - through the eyes of Little Cub and her folks.

It's definitely a book for birth parents - since Little Cub "grows" inside of mommy's tummy. In fact, Bergren said on her website that many parents were disappointed in this fact - so she created God Found Us You, a book for adoptive parents.

She based this book on the experience of five friends who adopted children, building on the theme that adopted babies are "treasured, loved and wanted all along."

I'll admit, was a bit disappointed at first, when I opened up my copy of God Gave Us You. I was hoping for a general book about how all children are gifts from God (not from a parent perspective), that I could use in February during one of the preschool chapels. I really wanted a "God loves you" themed book.

However, putting that aside, it's a beautiful story book. The board book format would make this a perfect gift for a young child (it is very durable.)

It's a great way to tell children how much they are loved and cherished by their parents and God.

The series also includes: God Gave Us Two, God Gave Us Christmas, God Gave Us Heaven, God Gave Us Love, God Gave Us So Much. My guess is,  God Gave Us Love might have filled my "February Chapel" need (so it's on order!)

In all, it's a solid three out of five!  God Gave Us You is a beautiful children's book - and one that I might use as a "baby gift" for new parents.

More About This Book
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. 

Also available in the God Gave Us series:
God Gave Us Two
God Gave Us Christmas
God Gave Us Heaven
God Gave Us Love
God Gave Us So Much

About The Writing Team
Author
Lisa Tawn Bergren is the best-selling, award-winning author of over 30 books, with more than 1.5 million copies sold. She just finished writing a Colorado historical trilogy (the first book, Breathe, Sing and Claim), and has begun a teen series called River of Time (Waterfall, book 1, comes out in February 2011).

Bergen's time is split between managing home base, writing (including a fair amount of travel writing), consulting and freelance editing (with a little speaking here and there). She’s married to Tim, a liturgical sculptor, graphic designer and musician. They have three kids–Olivia (15), Emma (12) and Jack (7).

All five of the Bergrens make their home in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Find out more about Bergren at http://lisatawnbergren.com

Illustrator
Laura J. Bryant attended the Maryland Institute of Art, where she received a strong foundation in drawing, painting, and print-making, with supplemental education in children’s writing and book making. Illustrating children’s books has provided her with both a rewarding and creative career.

Bryant's clients have included Simon & Schuster, McGraw Hill, Steck-Vaughn, and Penguin Putnam books for Young Readers, among others.

She currently lives with her husband nestled in the Shenandoah Mountains of Mathias, West Virginia.

Find out more about Bryant at: http://www.laurabryant.com/


Online Resources
God Gave Us You Coloring Page

Note: As a freelance journalist, I was provided a copy of this book by Blogging for Books.. This review was not influenced by a free book - just in case you (or the FTC) were worried about this detail.

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