Friday, July 22, 2011

God Gave Us You by Lisa Tawn Bergren and Fiona Friday pic

God Gave Us You by Lisa Tawn Bergren
Illustrated by Laura J. Bryant
Copyright 2011
Waterbrook Press - Children's Board Book/Christian
22 pages

The God Gave Us children's series has been around since 2000 and there are 6 different titles. God Gave Us You is the first to be made in the form of a board book and the content is just what it sounds like. A little polar bear asks his mother where he came from. She tells her little one that she and the little bear's father were lonely and wanted a baby . . . and God gave them one.

This is one very human polar bear family, so you're basically reading about a human pregnancy and birth but with bears as the parents and child. They create a nursery, go to the doctor, wait and wait, then rush to the hospital to deliver and bring their baby polar bear home. Little ones won't know the difference, but the very-human polar bear pregnancy did surprise me a bit!

The story is sweet and repetitive, but in a good way. One note, though -- God Gave Us You is geared to traditional, 2-parent families. Single parents and even adoptive families will have to adapt the words a bit. "God gave us you" is repeated on nearly every page, so it's also definitely a book for those who believe in God.

I would not call this book a personal favorite because of its bias toward traditional, 2-parent families, but there was a time I wouldn't have noticed that and I occasionally altered the words in books to suit me, when my children were small -- at least till they were older and I started to get caught.

You can see a sneak peek inside God Gave Us You, here. My thanks to Waterbrook Press and FirstWild for the review copy, which will be passed on to a family with a little one.

And, now for Fiona Friday!

I love this picture! Look at that look of genuine admiration in Isabel's eyes. She really looks up to her big sister! Just after I snapped this shot, Fiona began to groom Isabel and Izzy just lolled around looking blissful. They are so, so cute together.


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6 comments:

  1. I love this photo of the kitties! Such sweet girls. :)

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  2. They're bonding!! How cute.

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  3. Carrie,

    Yep. They're really adorable together.

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  4. What pretty, pretty kitties! And this is coming from a girl allergic to cats, so it's a high compliment indeed!

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  5. Wereadtoknow,

    Believe it or not, I'm allergic to cats, too. It's a mild allergy, though. Thank you! I think my kitties are very pretty, too. Last night, I opened the blinds in my office a tiny bit, at Isabel's insistence. I wish I'd had a camera. She got under the blinds and then turned and stuck her chin on my desk. So, she had her little chin on the desk and the blinds on her head. It was so adorable!

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