Friday, April 8, 2011

God Gave Us You--REVIEW

Back cover synopsis:
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 young 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 above.

My Review: 
I absolutely loved this book! The pictures were amazing, and the story was wonderfully told. Rueben loved pointing out all the different animals in the pictures, which were never too overwhelming. My favorite picture was of the Mama & Daddy Bear swimming in the ocean with a whale and several seals. Over them, were two polar bear angels "celebrating". My favorite lines were: "Every night, I prayed for you, my special child. I prayed that your bones would be straight and your heart would be strong. But most of all, I prayed that someday you would love God."
My favorite thing about God Gave Us You was the fact that it was told as if the bears were real people. It showed Mama & Baby cuddling in a bed with blankets, Mama getting the crib & nursery ready, riding with Daddy Bear in a sled to deliver the baby, etc. I think it really helps children understand where they come from, rather than trying to portray the message from a polar bears' point of view! I also loved that the book emphasized that every child is special, and that we, as parents, would never want a different child.
Overall, I give this book 5 of 5 stars!

**I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review**


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