God Gave Us the World by Lisa Tawn Bergren is delightful as it follows Little Cub’s exploration of God’s diversity in creation. Mama Bear patiently answers his questions and exposes him to bears of different colors, sizes, noise levels, and eating habits.
Parents can use the book as a springboard for introducing cultural and ethnic differences that God has created with their children ages 3-6. The reading level makes it appropriate for children to read on their own around age 6 or 7.
God Gave Us the World addresses some deep theological questions that children may have about God, such as, ‘Why didn’t God make us all the same?’ Mama Bear’s answers explain huge concepts in a simplistic manner, from our responsibility to care for the world to why God created us in the first place.
The dialogue between Mama Bear and Little Cub is realistically endearing and will make both children and adults relate to the story in a personal way. Soft, colorful illustrations fill the pages with detail without being overwhelming. They add depth and sometimes humor to the story. For instance, in many pages we see Papa Bear in the background, his hands full of wiggly twins. This book should be in every child’s library.
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