Monday, March 12, 2012

Blog Tour: God Gave Us Love (review)

Little Bear is at it again, this time wanting to learn about love.

Using the antics of a set of mischievous otters, Grandpa Bear tries to explain what it means to love others - even when they annoy us.

What I Really Liked
I like the Little Bear series because the illustrator, Laura J. Bryant is incredible. Her illustrations are both beautiful and detailed. I LOVE picture books and this illustrator rocks.

The Rest Of The Story.....
Overall, I liked this book.I also liked the story line -with some exceptions......

I didn't like about this book is how it "crams" a HUGE amount of text into the story line.

I picked up this book to read it to the preschoolers, hoping it would be a "chapel" story during February's love theme.

I grew frustrated, as I read it aloud at how the text "jumped" from one big subject to another. Honestly, there's a huge amount of content in this book - way more than kids can grasp as you read it. Everything is good, but I think the book could be "simplified" and still be a great story with a message.

Unfortunately, in the group setting the story failed to capture the kiddos attention. I guess if you are reading it to your own child, rather than a group of children, and find yourself reading it over and over....that they would eventually "get it."

The book's size (board book) is also geared for a single child. I ended up blowing up the pages on 11x17 inch paper, so the group could see the beautiful illustrations.The smaller size, read to a single child, would work better because the kiddo could also really "dive" into the illustrations and check out all of the details.

Overall, I like the idea behind this book - that we should share with others a "God-Sized" love. I just wish it didn't have "HUGE" ideas to translate to a young child.

On the scale of one to five, I give this book a three. I probably won't try a third book for the chapel time, but I might purchase a board book to give as a baby gift.

More About This Book
As Little Cub and Grampa Bear’s fishing adventure is interrupted by mischievous otters, the young polar bear begins to question why we must love others… even the seemingly unlovable.

In answering her questions, Grampa Bear gives tender explanations that teach Little Cub about the different kinds of love that is shared between families, friends, and mamas and papas. Grampa explains that all these kinds of love come from God and that it is important to love others because…

“Any time we show love, Little Cub, we’re sharing a bit of his love.”

This sweet tale will warm the hearts of young children as they learn about all the different sorts of love, while the gentle explanations of each provide a valuable opportunity to encourage children to share with others a “God-sized love.”

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

About The Writing Team
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

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:

Online Resources
God Gave Us Love 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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