God Gave Us the Bible introduces kids to the STORY of stories--the love story between God and his people. Ideal for readers aged 3 to 7, written in a framework where Little Cub and her animal friends reflect many of the questions young readers have about Bible stories. The book features forty-five Bible stories and concepts that every child should know/be introduced to, like Noah and the Ark, the Birth of Jesus, and Jesus Feeds the 5,000 in a very warm, conversational, reassuring manner.
|Publisher:||The Crown Publishing Group|
|Sold by:||Random House|
|File size:||186 MB|
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|Age Range:||3 - 7 Years|
About the Author
DAVID HOHN, illustrator for God Gave Us Thankful Hearts and God Gave Us Family is an award-winning illustrator who graduated with honors from the Maryland Institute College of Art. In addition to illustrating books, he has worked as a staff artist and art director of a children's software company. David lives in Portland, Oregon.
Read an Excerpt
It was a big day…the first day of summer. And Little Cub was having a sleepover! After playing outside, the children ate dinner on the porch and then roasted marshmallows.
Later Mama Bear said, “Come into the house, kiddos. I want to share a story with you. The best story ever!”
The kids came in and gathered around her.
“This is the story God gave us,” she said, lifting her Bible. “It’s really our story.”
“Our story?” Little Pup said. “How can it be our story? Isn’t it about a bunch of people who lived a long time ago?”
“God loved those people who lived a long time ago,” she said. “Just as he loves us now. He wants us to know him better. That’s why God gave us this story. Now, let’s see,” she said, turning the first page. “It all starts with Genesis…”
The Creator Creates
“What does Genesis mean?” Little Cub asked.
“It means ‘the beginning,’” Mama said. “It’s about the beginning of the world…and how God loved us from the start!”
God is our creator, the reason everything exists. He began with nothing; then he separated light from dark, he made water and land, and then he made all kinds of animals and plants to fill it all!
Imagine what it must’ve been like to see the first stars streaking across the night sky. To watch a jungle springing to life, full of every flower you’ve ever smelled and every fruit you’ve ever tasted! Or to see the first whale slapping his gigantic tail in the sea!
Adam and Eve
But he didn’t stop there. Because God had a special plan…to create children he could love! So he breathed life into Adam and Eve. Adam got to name all the animals, and he and Eve lived in a very special place called the Garden of Eden.
Everything was good, so good. Adam and Eve spent their days hanging out with God and enjoying his creation. They didn’t have to worry about a thing!
Leaving the Garden
It was all good until a serpent said to Eve, “Did God really say not to eat any fruit in the garden?” Now, this was tricky, because God didn’t say such a thing!
Eve said, “We can eat fruit from any tree, but God told us not to eat from this one. If you eat from it, you will die.”
“You won’t die!” the serpent said. “You will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
Be like God? Eve thought. What could be wrong with that?
So Eve plucked the nearest fruit and took a big bite of it. And when Adam came near, she convinced him to do the same.
At first it probably tasted as delicious as it looked. But as they ate, it might have started tasting bitter or sour. Because they were committing sin—doing what God said not to do.
They knew they’d done wrong, so Adam and Eve got scared and hid from God, the one who loved them more than anyone could!
But because of their decision, God sent them out of the garden and into the world, where they would discover hard things. The world wasn’t beautiful and peaceful like the garden. Yet even then, God was only beginning to write our story.
“That’s sad,” said Little Otter. “Why didn’t God just put a fence around that one tree?”
“God wanted them to have a choice,” Mama said. “Just like he gives us the choice today—to love and obey him. He wants us to love him because we choose loving him, not because he makes us. But we often fail to love and obey him—just like Adam and Eve.”
“Like when I sneak an extra clam from the pot?” said Little Otter. “Even though my mama told me not to?”
After Adam and Eve left the garden, people gradually forgot God. They were mean to one another. No one believed in or talked to God. This made God very sad. By the time Noah lived, he was the only one who loved God with his whole heart!
So God told Noah to build a gigantic boat to hold a pair of every sort of animal you can name. From musk ox to monkeys, from weasels to wolves, from puffins to polar bears.
That ark must’ve seemed pretty crazy to Noah’s neighbors, because the boat was way bigger than he’d ever need on a river!
But then the rain began…and it rained and rained. For forty days and nights, it rained!
Once the rain stopped, the ark still floated on top of all that water for months. To Noah, it looked like he was in the middle of an ocean. It was a happy day when he sent out a dove and she brought back an olive leaf! This meant a tree was growing somewhere and land had to be close.
After the ark finally scraped onto ground, God told Noah it was safe to bring out his family and the animals. He set a rainbow in the clouds as a sign—he would never send rain to flood the entire earth again. He’d found a way to begin anew with the people he loved and who loved him too.
“Hey, Mama, did Noah have a motor on that ark so he could steer?” Little Cub asked.
“No, he didn’t. That’s a good part of the story to think about. Noah had to trust that God would take that boat to the right place at the right time. And he did!”
God Chooses Abraham
Many, many years passed, and lots of people lived in the world. But there was one special man named Abraham, who loved and followed God. God chose this man to further his plan to save the world forever.
He told Abraham that his children and grandchildren would someday be as many as the stars in the sky! Now, Abraham thought that was pretty funny, because he was old and he didn’t have any children yet. And his wife was old too!
But God had said, “Trust me. Through your family, the whole world will be changed.”
Sarah Has a Baby
Now, Sarah thought Abraham was cuh-razy when he told her what God had said. She’d wanted a baby all her life, but she couldn’t have one! And now she was way too old.
She was so surprised when she found out she was pregnant. Nine months later, she had little Isaac. And do you know what his name means? “Laughter.” Sarah and Abraham must’ve giggled in wonder every time they looked upon that boy. They were so happy God had given them a child. They loved him so much!
“Were they as old as Henrietta the Horned Owl?” asked Little Goose.
“Could be,” Mama said. “Can you imagine her having a baby owl now?”
“Nooooo!” cried the kids, laughing. Because Henrietta was so old she was losing feathers!
“Sometimes God does things that seem impossible to us,” Mama said. “Like creating a whole nation starting with just one little boy—Isaac—born to old parents. We call those miracles!”
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A wonderful way to introduce children to the basics of Scripture. Shared in a loving and purposeful manner, this series of stories points to the fact that God's plan of salvation has been woven through the lives and circumstances of history since the beginning of time. The brief, kid-level commentary between the woodland characters gives beautiful yet simple and practical applications for any age, and the heartwarming illustrations create a cozy feel while reading. [I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.]
** “I want to share a story with you. The best story ever!” ** “God Gave Us the Bible: 45 Favorite Stories for Little Ones,” written by Lisa Tawn Bergren and illustrated by David Hohn, will soon become a family favorite. Starting with creation and ending with Jesus’ death and resurrection and Paul’s spreading of the gospel, Bergren’s latest children’s book shares the biblical stories as Mama Bear tells Little Cub and his adorable friends — a moose, wolf, owl, skunk, otter, goose and raccoon — the stories straight from the Bible. Begren does an incredible job of sharing each story simply — on a level children will easily understand. She also does a great job of defining “religious” terms like genesis, disciple and parable. She brings the Scriptures alive for people of all ages. Throughout “God Gave Us the Bible,” Mama is able to teach Little Cub and his woodland friends lessons to be learned from each story, like God gives us choices, including the choice to love Him; God does the impossible; trust in God helps us to be brave and defeat the giants in our lives; and God is with us always, even in the storms. The text criss-crosses between the Bible stories and the young ones’ questions about Mama’s stories. Hohn’s artwork is a delight. Little Cub and his friends are absolutely adorable. And the biblical scenes are colorful and eye-catching. The artist has a way of creating pictures full of color that are also soft and muted and therefore pleasing to the eye. This is a delightful story and a great collaboration between author and artist. Families will fall in love with “God Gave Us the Bible.” Five stars out of five. Waterbrook provided this complimentary copy for my honest, unbiased review.
God Gave Us the Bible, 45 Favorite Stories for Little Ones is a 159 page hard cover book for children up to age 8. Author Lisa Tawn Bergren and artist David Hohn have done a remarkable job bringing the Bible stories to little ones. This book is adorable and has a multitude of wonderful stories to teach children. The book has Mama Bear telling stories from the Bible to Little Cub and his friends, moose, owl, skunk, raccoon, wolf, goose, and otter. “I want to share a story with you. The best story ever!” Mama begins with creation and goes through to Jesus’ death and resurrection ending with Paul’s spreading of the gospel. All of the stories are told so that they might be understood. The children even interrupt Mama to ask questions. How true to form! Stories are told and explained so that children will understand them. The illustrations are delightful and children will certainly enjoy them. This book is made to teach young ones the Bible on their level. It is a remarkable offering that will become a favorite “read that story again” book. One of my favorite things about this endearing book is that Mama Bear reiterates that these are true stories that actually happened. It is vital we teach this to our children and this book is an excellent start. I also loved the mix of Old and New Testament stories. I am in love with this book! Every child should be given one. Unfortunately that won’t happen. It would make a beneficial addition to Sunday School Classes and Christian Schools and Daycares. This would make a treasured shower, baby, or birthday gift, and don’t forget Christmas. It gets a 5 out of 5 star rating from me. A copy was provided by the Publisher but these are my honest thoughts.