God Gave Us the World

God Gave Us the World


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From the author and illustrator of the bestselling God Gave Us You series, a delightful tale of Little Cub discovering the beauty of diversity as she realizes the world is so much bigger than she ever imagined!

Little Cub’s trip to a special museum exhibit, “Bears Around the World,” sparks a flurry of questions from the young polar bear who is just beginning to learn about life beyond her North Pole home.  As Mama Bear shares with her about the different types of places that God has put the various types of bears, with their different kinds of fur and food, Little Cub begins to wonder: Why didn’t God make us all the same?
With Mama’s loving guidance, Little Cub is taught to see the vastness of God’s wonderful creation; His abilities as an amazing, inventive Creator; His desire for us to care for our world, and especially the important lesson that…
“Every bear has a special place in God’s great, big world.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400074488
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/11/2011
Series: God Gave Us...
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 108,209
Product dimensions: 8.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range: 3 - 7 Years

About the Author

Lisa Tawn Bergren is the award-winning author of nearly thirty titles, totaling more than 1.5 million books in print. She writes in a broad range of genres, from adult fiction to devotional. God Gave Us the World follows in Lisa's classic tradition of the best-selling God Gave Us You. She makes her home in Colorado, with her husband, Tim, and their children, Olivia, Emma, and Jack.

Laura J. Bryant studied painting, printmaking, and sculpture at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Balitimore. She has illustrated numerous award-winning children's books, including God Gave Us You, Smudge Bunny, and If You Were My Baby. Laura lives in Asheville, North Carolina.

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God Gave Us the World 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
LadyD_Books on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was so pleased to win a copy of this delightful children's picture book. I am a huge fan of Lisa Tawn Bergren. We have two of her other books in the series, "God Gave Us Love" and "God Gave Us Christmas" and we love them dearly. Needless to say, the stories and beautiful illustrations of a family of bears are a huge hit around our house with 4 lovely grandchildren. The book is geared for children, ages 4-8. The sentences are simple and easy to read, too.I just love the opening sentence of the book: "What a beautiful world we live in!" Mama Bear said. The interaction between Mama Bear and Little Cub is precious. Relationships with one another, conversations and parenting skills shine brightly in Bergren's story. The warm, colorful illustrations remind me of places like Maine, New hampshire or Colorado.What I especially love about this book is that the author explains diversity in creation (our world), diversity with animals (bears), and cultural diversity with bears from India and China without being preachy. The author does a brilliant job in sharing wisdom with her son in such a gentle, comforting way that is universally embracing and accepting.My favorite line in the story is: "Every bear has a special place in God's great, big world." What a wonderful picture book for youngsters and a great "seek and find" book for toddlers. There's bears on every page! :)
innermurk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was a great read for my daughter. She loved the colorful pictures with lots of activity in them to look at as the text was being read. She is a little impatient with longer passages of text, but this book kept that to a minimum and we were able to turn the pages quickly enough for both her pace and the story's. It had a very nice message of diversity in it, and I appreciate it being so positive since it is a beginning point for talking about differences, and we don't need to bring negativity in until we are ready to talk about specific examples. Also, I think the positive message gives children a correct way of looking at what may be different between them and others without stopping to think how "bad" it would be if they naturally reacted a certain way (such as saying Yuck to other bears having a different diet). They can follow the example of seeing that they are different, but special and unique as God intended without being thrown into a victim or guilt position.Really well written way of introducing the subject and keeing a moral and religious based view on it, without having to dwell on the drama that so much of the world and schools push.
judyg54 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A special thanks goes to LibraryThing Early Reviewers for giving me this delightful children's book to read and review. I loved the artwork in the book; the pages were colorful, bright and well done. I also liked the theme of this book, how it is all about what God did; it was informational yet written as a story that would hold a child's attention. A Momma Bear shares with her cub how God made the world and all the wonderful different kinds of bears in it. The conversation between Momma Bear and her cub was precious and I look forward to reading this story to my grandchildren.
jenniferbogart on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The latest installment in Lisa Tawn Berren¿s popular God Gave Us series of children¿s picture books is absolutely adorable. God Gave Us the World is definitely my childrens¿ favorite out of the three books from the series that we own. The entire polar bear family visits the museum to view an exhibit that displays a few of the many types of bears around the world. Using these bears as a jumping off point, Little Bear and Mama Bear enter into a discussion that explores the unique differences that make each bear unique, a gentle exploration of conservation, and a celebration of diversity within God¿s creation.As always, Laura J. Bryant¿s artwork is lovely and whimsical. Soft pastel shades, playful characters, and richly colored landscapes all contribute to the frequency with which my two-year-old pulls this title off the shelf for my husband or I to read her. These illustrations keep little eyes busy while the text gently teaches lessons appropriate for 3-6 year-olds about the nature of God and the joys of differences.Of course, the ultimate goal of this series of books is for children to apply the truths the polar bears are learning in their bear-oriented world to the child¿s own world. Bears are different and there are many types of bears should (hopefully) eventually carry over into people are different and there are many types of people ¿ we are all created by God and are all special and unique in our own ways. This book offers a gentle and playful way to introduce this concept through a well-thought out storyline and a fun family adventure.Reviewed at quiverfullfamily.com
bluehose1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is thoughtful and explores themes like creation, diversity, and family love. I work in a church and might use this book to discuss world communion Sunday or Earth Day with young children. This book could also be used to discuss divine providence and other attributes of God. I particularly like the sentence: "God created our world and everything in it, because it's in his nature to create". A wonderful way to explore who God is while allowing young children to wonder and be in awe of God.
lasperschlager on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
God Gave Us the World is a good book to have in your child¿s book collection. The story has a message that everyone was created by God and each of us is different. The added touch of telling the story by using bears as the main characters is great. It allows kids an opportunity to learn about the different bears in the world. When I read a story to my daughter I like books that have a good starting point to talk about what else is going on in the pictures and this book gives us that ability.
msh09 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is adorable! My 4-year-old daughter and I loved the illustrations. The story and interactions between Mama Bear and Little Cub are cute and enjoyable to read. I thought the message was presented in an excellent way for kids to understand that there are all different kinds of bears all over the world and God loves them all.
Vintage_books_baby on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A really lovely children's book, with adorable drawings of bears around the world. Mama bear teaches baby bear that God made all different types of bears who are different. It's a little heavy handed on the religious side at the end, but I would still recommend this book for young readers.
sheriefx on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Such a sweet story! I absolutly loved this one. I teach Sunday School for 4-5 year olds and this book will be a great addition to my class. It has a wonderful way of explaining why people look different and live in different places in a way that kids will understand. I am excited to read this to "my kids" on Sunday, they will love it!
quaintlittlehead on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book, which I received through LibraryThing Early Reviewers, apparently continues a series following the same polar bear characters through an exploration of Christian themes for children. From the cover picture and description, I expected this story to deal primarily with racial diversity. In the beginning, it does: the bears visit a museum, and the mother explores with her children the idea that there are different kinds of bears all over the world, each of whom live in different kinds of environments and like different kinds of food. Little Cub responds to the other bears' diets of bamboo and bugs with surprise and disgust, and I was a bit disappointed that the mother's response is so upbeat; she launches into an explanation of how God made the whole world and made each of us to be different and live exactly where He put us, but this rosy picture of things does nothing to comment negatively on the racism that actually taints our world and which, as an elementary school teacher, I have discovered that children can pick up at a very young age (even about groups of people they have not met). The book also ends on the note that the polar bears will probably never meet the other kinds of bears (unless a panda gets on an iceberg and travels to the North Pole), which, while scientifically accurate, is not a very hopeful reflection of the way we want our children to view diverse groups of people, as curiosities and outsiders with whom we have little or nothing to do. On the upside, the book does go on to explore diversity and the natural world as an act of God's creation and a demonstration of His character; the theology is pretty sound in spite of the story's subtle implications that "diversity is a cool thing not remotely fraught with a painful history of injustice, and is not something we actually have to deal with in terms of meeting other people where they are." And the pictures are lovely. I would say that this is a nice attempt at dealing with this topic, but a little too sanitised for my taste, which maybe makes the book more appropriate as a read-aloud for preschool aged children rather than as a read-alone for children who are actually dealing with meeting new people at school. The level of language may also make it difficult for young readers to get through alone. I am glad the author approached the topic, as I think the lack of racial diversity in many American churches is something Christians really need to grapple more honestly with, but I think we can also be more open with older children about the mistakes of the past, and that we should be at the forefront in our society of trying to correct them.
SandSing7 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The pictures in this book are beautifully drawn - very colorful and eye catching. I felt that the Christian vibe was just right at the beginning, but a bit overpowering at the end. However, it is still overall a lovely book to share with your little one.
AnneDenney on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A very nice book with appealing artwork and a great story about the beauty diversity that is allowed to stay diverse, so to speak: Different bears can live in different places and eat different things and that's ok. The interaction of mother bear with the little cub is very cute. The references to YHVH the Creator are not too much simplified, i.e. even if you take your convictions seriously and adhere to Scripture, the explanations in the book don't make you cringe too much. The little bear's language is colloquial, i.e. with abbreviations. This might irritate language purists and if any of your children is old enough to read for herself or himself, these would need explanation.Overall a great book though: When we first got it, I couldn't take a look at it because my 3-year-old absconded with it and would not let anyone look at it until she had perused it at her leisure. She certainly likes her new book.
antmusic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Excellent, educational, religious book. This book is part of the "God Gave Us" series, and I received it through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program. The book is essentially a conversation between a mother bear and her little inquisitive girl cub about the world and why God made different bears. There are some fun facts and silly moments to keep kids entertained. To be honest, my five-year-old found the pictures "boring," but he enjoyed the story/conversation. I really liked this book, soni didn't reduce any stars for the excellent, but "boring" pictures. Ha ha.
SimplyDawn More than 1 year ago
God Gave Us the World is a cute way to introduce your child to the diverse cultures that the Lord created. The author uses the varied species of bear's in God's creation to help little ears understand the differences and alluded, to some extent, that we are all create equal. I would recommend this book for the very young, with the caution to expand a bit more on the "we are all equal in the eyes of the Lord part", however differently He created us.
Sneezybee23 More than 1 year ago
Take a trip to the bear museum with Little Cub as she learns about the different kinds of bears in different parts of the world. Black bears, panda bears, sloth bears, and grizzly bears are all different from the polar bears that Little Cub is used to seeing. The idea is easily related to the different kinds of people that are on earth. Mama Bear points out that some bears are fast while others take their time. Some bears are quiet and others are loud. The underlying theme is that a person's differences do not make him or her less valuable in God's sight. There is also an emphasis of God's creativity and the importance of taking care of the earth. I would recommend God Gave Us the World for children ages five to eight. The book recommends ages three to eight, but I'm not sure a three year old would understand the themes. Both older and younger children will enjoy the colorful and appropriate illustrations. I found the illustrations to be superior to other children's books I have read lately. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from WaterBrook Press as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
JamieLittle More than 1 year ago
My kids love the God Gave Us book series, so it was a "no-brainer" when I chose this book for review. In each of the God Gave Us books, Lisa Tawn Bergren approaches kids' questions and curiosity with answers they can understand. In God Gave Us the World, Bergren helps kids understand why God chose to make people and places different from one another. The book focuses on the creativity of our wonderful Creator and how each creation is special to God, even children. Children also learn why it is important to take care of God's creation. The cover art for the God Gave Us books is so recognizable that my kids knew what it was as soon as I opened the package; they wanted to read it as soon as I opened it. They were very interested in the entire story and were excited to see the main character, Little Cub, again. It's amazing how the kids are able to take the story and relate it to their lives. We own almost every book in this series and I was excited to receive this to add to our collection. These books make for great bedtime stories and are sure to start some wonderful conversations with your children. Disclaimer: A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review by Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to post a positive review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I recently began taking my children to church and really wanting to introduce God into my family, especially to my three year old son who has been acting out for some time, since just before his baby sister was born. I sat down to read this to him (who normally won't sit still for a book for very long), sat attentively and listened to the entire story. It was a great story to begin explaining to him who God is, and how our world was created from God's awesome power. I even had my 3 month old daughter in my lap too. In my days as a preschool teacher, we are taught to incorporate multiculturalism in our classrooms in every way possible, especially in reading to the children. "God Gave Us the World" is a perfect example of teaching young children that everyone is different, and come from many different cultures around the world. I wish I had this book when I was teaching. As I'm writing this, my son is standing here begging me to read it to him again. We have a winner!
doloDD More than 1 year ago
God Gave Us the World - Lisa Tawn Bergren A delightful young children's book for ages 3-8, this story is about a young polar bear, named Young Cub, who learns there are different bears in other parts of the world. He wonders why. Mother bear begins the explanation by pointing out the differences in the snow that is falling. From there Little Cub learns that God is creative. Different bears look different, live in different parts of the world and eat all different foods than he does. As he learns about the world and the differences found there, Little Cub also comes to see that we must take care of this world we live in. Best of all he has a special place in this world. An easy to follow story with beautiful artwork, I believe this book will hold the attention of any child who reads it or has it read to them. I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
WOMANOFHOPE More than 1 year ago
I recently received this wonderful book to share with my children . I love the whole concept of this book and the pictures. The author did an amazing job showing how we can all be different but yet all the same. It is a great book to share with young children to explain the differences in our world today and how even though we are different we are all the same deep down. My daughters loved the drawings and was laughing at some of them. The book had them asking questions bout if people were like bears too and is that why God created us different too. This book is an excellent add to any family's collection and definitely great for those kids with lots of questions.
jjburroughs04 More than 1 year ago
I just received God Gave Us the World by Lisa Tawn Bergren. I loved reading this book and my children loved it as well. It is a really fantastic book. I love the way it talks about different bears and where they live at in different parts of the world and how they are all different, but they were all put on this Earth...the world that God created for us. It is such a wonderful, informational and educational book. It is a great way to teach kids that God created this world for us and we can compare the bears to people and how there are many types of different people who live in different places and that God created us all to live on this Earth that we must take care of. The book is illustrated beautifully!! This is a great book to have at home, at school, or in Sunday Scool or Children's church. This book will be a wonderful assest to anyone's library. I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah for this review.
ThriftyTori More than 1 year ago
Today I got this kids book in the mail. It was called God Gave Us the World. I opened it right up and read it to baby bug as she drank her afternoon milk. It was a very cute book that showcases the conversation of a momma polar bear and her cub. They discuss why there are different types of bears. The cubs wants to know why God did not just create polar bears. I loved how momma bear talks about how each bear is different and each is special. I think this is a great book to help children learn to accept and love other children who may be different from them. The book also talks about how this is the earth that God gave us and we need to take care of it. I thought that there almost seemed to be two stories in the book and I would have loved to see two separate books from it one on how to love and accept those around us and embrace their differences and one on the earth. This book has some wonderful pictures. I love all the different bears and animals this book features. It also has some educational value, as it describes a couple of different bears and where they are found and a few of their features. Over all I thought this was a sweet little children's book I give it four out of five stars. This book was provided free to me through blogging for books in exchange for my honest review. This review is my opinion and is not at all influenced by the company.
shuggysmommy More than 1 year ago
Lisa Bergen is a wonderful children's book author. Including this book my family and I have read a lot of other of her books including, Along with God Gave Us The World. The book is about a baby polar bear who visited a museum that has all sorts of other kinds of animals. The baby cub is curious about why God didn't make us the same. The mother cub explains that God is creative and he made everyone and everything different. Bergen also explains and makes it very clear to kids that God wants us to take care of our Earth. The illustrations are absolutely out of this world. Even as an adult I felt my eyes tearing up it is such a heartfelt story. It is a page turner and was absolutely wonderful to read. It explains things easily to children who are starting to ask about God and who he is. My 5 year old son loved the book he sat through it when usually he gets very bored with longer books like this one. I would highly recommend this book to any family. I received this book from blogging for books...My views and opinions are my own
kmfarmer More than 1 year ago
God Gave Us the World by Lisa Tawn Bergen with art by Laura J. Bryant is a super cute story book! A mother polar bear takes her cub to what looks like a natural history museum. While they are there she helps her cub learn that there are many different kinds of bears in different places in the world. They go from exhibit to exhibit learning about the different places and the different types of foods that the other bears eat. The whole time the cub is asking questions about why they would want to live in certain places and why they enjoy eating such strange things, to which the mom always explains that God made them all different and that even among the polar bears they aren't all the same. I really enjoyed this story book because of its parallels to real life. God made us all and He made us all different but that is okay. What a great message (and learning tool) to teach our children and this book does it in such a cute and easy to understand way. There were only two things I didn't like about this book the first is the mother bear telling the cub that bamboo is "a kind of tree," and I only don't like this because it isn't really a kind of tree it is in fact a grass. The other thing I didn't like about this book is at the very end where it refers to the cub as "her," the reason I didn't like this is because I read the whole book thinking the cub was a boy and it caught me off guard (I know that isn't the book's fault, but I do tend to gender-ize everything as male until I know otherwise), so it would have been nice to have a reference sooner.
MickMcArt More than 1 year ago
What I like about this book is the approach it takes to explain the variety of different types of the same animal. As we get older, we understand that variety happens in animal families, not evolution. This fun book for small kids helps to explain that God only needed a couple of bears on the ark and that all varieties of bears came from that family. I also like the way it references mankind by showing that even though we may not look or act the same, we are loved just the same in God's eyes. And that we also came from the same couple of parents. The artwork is done is a warm and friendly style that children will enjoy. A lot of adults today could learn a few things by reading this cute little book. I recommend this highly for your children's library. Review by Mick McArt Author: Tales of Wordishure
freesamplequeen More than 1 year ago
A sweet little book for elementary aged children, the story walks a child through the ideas of why God made us all different and why there are so many places to live in the world. It addresses the idea of taking care of the world God has given us as well. Through a trip, Little Bear and her family discover different kinds of bears, the places they live and the things they eat. Each differs from Little Bear in some way and she is curious about why there are differences among us. The concept of creation and discussion of God's love for us and our differences encourages children to appreciate our differences and to make friends with others even though they are not the same. Themes of responsibility for our planet and acceptance of differences in ethnicity are addressed in a non-confrontational way that a child can understand and transfer into their own lives. Illustrations are soft colored and friendly. The story flows well, but lacks some development in that it the illustrations jump from location to location, not really flowing well with the words of the story. Some pictures depict what is being discussed while others do not seem to fit real well. The story is a bit wordy at times and could be simpler while still getting the point across. Also a little deep in concept for younger children. While geared toward younger children, older kids will better understand the lessons involved in the story. Overall, a 3 out of 5 stars for me. I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated for writing this review.