It’s been awhile since I did a book review for Blogging for Books, and I am quite overdue on this one! A few months back, I received a copy of God Gave Us You, a children’s book by Lisa Bergren.
The copy I received is in board book form, which I figured would be good for my 2-year-old son Asher, since his superhero name is Mr. Destructo at times. It is about a mother polar bear tucking her little polar bear cub into bed one night, when the cub begins to ask the question all children at some point ask…Where did I come from? Mother Bear proceeds to tell her little cub how she came from God. She describes how happy she and Papa Bear were to find out they were pregnant and what it was like waiting for her to arrive. Mama Bear also describes how happy they were when Little Cub was born.
At first glance, it is a sweet book, written much like a conversation between a little child and their parent at bedtime. It is wonderfully illustrated by Laura Bryant and just the right length to keep a young child’s attention. After reading it a few times through to my kids, I saw an additional value in the frequent reassurance of Mama Bear to Little Cub- reassurance that she is wanted, loved, and special. The importance of this message for a child (and really, for all of us) cannot be underestimated or over-given.
*I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah’s Blogging for Books program.