Title: God Gave us Love
Author: Lisa Tawn Bergren
Illustrator: Laura J. Bryant
Publisher’s Synopsis: 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.”
As the holidays come around, gifts come to mind and what better gift than a book? When I had a chance to review this book provided for review by Waterbrook, I was excited. People are always looking for great new books to give, but it’s so difficult to decide which to choose. This book is a definite possibility for the little ones in your life.
I was a little concerned as I read the synopsis. It seemed to be the kind of mind-numbing twaddle that I usually avoid. Oh, it was a huge relief! In a casual tone, a grandpa explains the different kinds of love to a little bear cub and even points out that sometimes we don’t feel like being loving, but we must anyway.
The only nit picky problems I had with the book were the way they didn’t capitalize the pronouns for God or Jesus and the way a few things seemed to skirt a ‘love solves everything’ theology. While this is technically true, in small children, it can be confusing because they don’t comprehend the difference between type of self-sacrifical love that did solve all problems two thousand years ago and affection felt for friends or family. So, not anything major, but for those who are super careful, you might want to be aware of it.