God Gave Us So Much by Lisa Tawn Bergren is a beautiful children's book that combines three stories in one book. All three focus on Biblical principles explained through the eyes of a talking, loving polar bear family in terms young children can understand. An added bonus is the incredible art work provided by Laura J. Bryant throughout the book.
The first story is "God Gave Us the World." This story describes the variety God has incorporated in our world in geography, personality, preferences, and appearances. It encourages little hearers to appreciate our differences and to be thankful for what God gives to us.
"God gave us Love" follows. I read this lovable story to my kids on Valentine's day...it is a great picture of how we love one another and even more importantly, how God loves us!
Finally, "God Gave Us Heaven" answers many questions kids (and adults, as well) might have about heaven. While the story is mostly a back-and-forth dialogue between a bear cub and her papa, it is interesting and informative at the same time.
The book's target audience is children ages 2 to 5 years, but I believe it is well suited for somewhat older children, as well. My six year old daughter actually enjoyed the stories more than my three year old did. I think, perhaps, some of the subject matter is a bit difficult for a three year old to comprehend (but I still think it's valuable material to present to them--principles our children need to begin to learn at an early age!) The artwork is beautiful and interesting for children of all ages!
Great book, thanks Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes!