God Gave Us You

God Gave Us You

by Lisa Tawn Bergren, Laura J. Bryant

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Overview

ECPA BESTSELLER • When a charming polar bear cub climbs into bed one night, she asks her Mama a very important question--one that little "human cubs" often wonder about, too: "Where did I come from?"

As Mama bear tucks her youngest cub under the quilts, she gently, tenderly, and reassuringly communicates the message loving parents everywhere (bears and non-bears alike) want their little ones to hear: "We wanted you very, very much, and we are so very glad because—God gave us you."

Perfect for bedtime, naptime, storytime or anytime, God Gave Us You provides a valuable opportunity to build children's self-esteem every day and assure each one that he or she truly is a welcomed, precious, and treasured gift from the Lord.

Also available in the God Gave Us series:
God Gave Us Two
God Gave Us Christmas
God Gave Us Heaven
God Gave Us Love
God Gave Us So Much

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307730831
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/30/2011
Series: God Gave Us Series
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 40
File size: 9 MB
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. She makes her home in Colorado, with her husband, Tim, and their three children. Visit her website at LisaTawnBergren.com
 
Laura J. Bryant studied painting, printmaking, and sculpture at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. 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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“Good night, sweet child,” Mama said as she tucked Little Cub in.
(Continues…)



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God Gave Us You 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 50 reviews.
Oh-io-shel More than 1 year ago
Shortly after he turned 3, my little boy began asking questions about where he came from. We shared how for years (10 years, in fact) we had asked the Lord for a baby and when the time was just right, He gave him to us. Later on, when our little guy saw someone who was pregnant, he asked if that's how I looked with him. I told him that I got even bigger and I was filled with joy. Then, we came across this book. We got it to read to him at bedtime and we thought it might help him to put the whole process together. Not only did he immediately catch-on to each stage we went through as we waited for his arrival, but also he understood how deeply we wanted him, how grateful we were to have him and how wonderfully God had made him.

This is a simply written book that conveys deep concepts. That is hard to do and do well. Lisa Tawn Bergren succeeds on multiple levels.

Laura J. Bryant's illustrations are fantastic. They communicate warmth, tenderness and love in a moving way.

This story quickly became my son's favorite story and we have to read it no fewer than 3 to 4 times each evening. It is rare that I come across a book-- for children or adults-- that is so amazing. Our son is thrilled with how he came into our lives; he wants to discuss this story and "his" story many times a week. Neither I nor my husband get tired of reading this to our son and we find ourselves reminiscing and talking about this story, too.

This is not just a sweet story. "God Gave Us You" imparts a healthy and loving understanding of who we are and how uniquely we are made. I highly recommend this book to you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I came across this book accidentally but knew I had to buy it for my 1 year old niece! The message was beautiful. The bear parents tell the story to their little cub of how excited they were about her pending birth and recall mama bear's pregnancy. The illustrations are interesing and cute...including little winged angel bears. Even though my niece is really young, this is one of those stories she will grow up hearing and I believe will imbue her with a sense of being wanted and loved. In time, I'm sure she will question why the mother's stomach grew or the cub wanted out of his mommy's tummy but how many times does this come up in real life when a younger sibling is on the way? When they ask how this happened, I'm sure they are not expecting a biology lesson. I think the message in the book is a very sweet way to address this issue for very young children and just a lovely story overall.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a gift from my best friend who had her first baby a little over a year before I had Mikayla, and I put it on the shelf with all the other books we'd gotten from showers, and the night I took it off the shelf to read to my daughter I was so glad she fell asleep half way through because I was so choked up I couldn't finish reading it out loud! It couldn't have been written better!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Such a heartwarming book about how babies are a special gift from God. It made me cry as I was reading it in the bookstore. Although my son is too young for the book now, I had to buy it so we could read it together someday.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This books makes the reader and the read to warm and fuzzy inside. There are few gifts as precious as our children. This books helps children learn just how precious they really are.
LadyD_Books on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of Lisa Tawn Bergren's stories, especially this one that conveys an all time message of loving, being loved and knowing that you are loved. The main characters, Mama Polar Bear and her Little Cub share a warm relationship with tender dialog that begins with a question and from their touches upon a loving message that children are a gift from the Lord. I recommend God Gave Us You (board book) for gift-giving and an addition to your library for bedtime story sharing, plus Sunday Schools, Day Care for babies and toddlers and Christian families. Knowing God's love is a wonderful foundation to grow upon. ***** I LOVE the book!!!
jdy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A cute book, but more in-depth then I thought the board book would be. Still cute, with great illustrations and a great story. Would recommend as a good gift for older toddlers who are still into board books.
TheMadTurtle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
God Gave Us You is a touching story of a polar bear couple wanting to grow their family. The artwork is very cute, featuring the bears in various anthropomorphic activities and attire. It's a beautiful story that, reminds us that, in spite of all that parents go through in order to give birth, a new child is a gift from God.
elle0467 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Good for "the talk" and for slowly helping to answer the question "where do babies come from?" Birds and the bees.
SandSing7 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Part of a Christian children's series, this beautifully illustrated little book touches on the topics of birth, love, and family. Although its answer may not satisfy inquiries from older children, it would be a lovely book to use to start to address the question of "Where do babies come from?".
butler1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a really cute book. Perfect for a bedtime story. Little Cub is curious about where she came from and asks "Mama, where did I come from?" Mama Bear explains how Little BearCub was a special gift from God.
jenniferbogart on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Our family really enjoys the whimsical God Gave Us series by Lisa Tawn Bergen. Spiritual concepts are simply explained with comparisons to every day situations. God Gave Us You is the first book in the series, and this board book edition for toddlers is the first time we¿ve read it!Addressing simpler and more concrete subjects than the other God Gave Us books that we have read that deal with topics like heaven, diversity, and love ¿ God Gave Us You answers the always popular question, ¿Where did I come from?¿This very child-friendly explains how Little Cub¿s mother and father were lonely, how they rejoiced when they learned that Little Cub was growing inside of Mama Bear, how her belly grew, how she went to the hospital, and how Mama finally met Little Cub in person.The descriptions are all so sweet and completely age-appropriate for toddlers ¿ there isn¿t anything really explicit to be found here. This warm, lovely story is a perfect first introduction to pregnancy and would be a great choice for a child who is expecting a new sibling or wondering how they came to be. As always Laura J. Bryant¿a art work is soft, colorful, and charming. You can¿t go wrong with this one!Reviewed at quiverfullfamily.com
calypso531 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cute board book. Easy to read. Children really like it. I appreciated the fact that it answered questions that children have in a very nice way for a small child to understand.
dolphari on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A very sweet story of a mama bear telling her cub what a blessing she is. These are adorable books, with a great message!
totsgram on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Every child has countless questions and this little cub reassures little listeners that questions are good. I love how God gets the credit in this story! It's heartwarming to read and the illustrations are so pleasing to the words. This would be a great gift for new baby and mommy AND daddy.
jkklenke on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love this book. I will probably find this and give it as baby shower gifts. It is a fun, sweet story that tells your child that they truly are a blessed gift from God. Shows love and excitement about the pregnancy and the wait and the unmeasurable joy to have the sweet child. A book that I will definitely recommend to others and have enjoyed reading over and over to my two year son in the last few weeks.
curls_99 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Bergren's story of a young bear asking its mother about where it came from is a classic and a great resource for young children who ask many questions - this being one of the toughest to answer in an age sensitive manner! I read it to my 6 year old neice, and she loved the story and pictures of different animals. I do find that the format of this board book would suggest a younger age group that is usually willing to sit through a story with quite so many words.
WCallister on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Adorable kids book on how special children are!
innermurk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A darling story for children to help assure them of their parent's love, the little polar bear listens as her mother tells her how she was anticipated and delighted over, and sent as a gift from God. A beginning answer to the universal where did I come from question, this gives parents and children an opening to discuss what they believe, while keeping a loving tone and sending the message that they are wanted and loved.The prose is a little long for a board book format as my daughter was impatient with how long it took to turn the pages, I would have shortened it down a bit. For the regular paper format for older children it would be fine.
antmusic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A Great board book edition of this 2000 modern classic that answers the innocent "Where do I come from" question that passes through most toddler's lips with a simple "God gave us you." It touches on the miracle of pregnancy without getting detailed. It shows the love and anticipation parents feel for their unborn child. This book is also perfect for children who are about to have a new sibling (it doesn't touch on this, but it is a great way to say "I love you" to them). A+! I received this book as a part of the Library Thing Early Reviewers program, and I am very happy that I did!
the-picky-reader More than 1 year ago
I bought this book so I could use it to talk to my daughter about God giving her to us after a twelve year wait. I love it and how it explains a difficult topic. one of our treasured books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We love this book.  We have it in the hardcover version and have read it to our little girl since she was born.  I've come back to order one as a baby gift.    I'm so happy I did because I stumbled upon "God Gave us Two" which I've now purchased since we have another one on the way.  Right now, my little girl is too young to really understand it but I still am happy to read it to her both because I love it and she loves the picture.  And I can't help but be happy  knowing that from a young age she's already been told how thankful we are that God gave us her.  
EmBar1 More than 1 year ago
I was sent this children's book to review. It is called "God Gave Us You" by Lisa Tawn Bergen. We have a few of her books and have loved them. This one is a cute story, but it's not my favorite out of the collection. This story is about Little Cub. At the beginning of the book, her mom is putting her to bed and Little Cub asks her mom, "Mama, where did I come from?" Mama goes onto explain that God gave her to them. Mama talks about her being pregnant and waiting for her baby to arrive. Then one day, she knew her baby was coming and she and Papa bear go to the hospital to have their baby. They bring their baby home and they are so happy. I love that this book mentions God so much and His hand in their lives. I thought it was kind of funny looking at pregnancy from a bear's point of view. Also, it doesn't mention anything specific about how babies get here, but I know when I read this book to my kids, they are going to one day ask. Overall, I thought it was a mediocre book. It's probably not one that I would purchase on my own. It is a really cute story though and again, I have enjoyed the other books in this series! I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. All opinions expressed are mine.
Kassie17 More than 1 year ago
God Gave us You is a children's book that focuses on telling children they are a special gift to parents from God. The message is sent through a mama polar bear, who constantly reminds her cub that God gave her the wonderful gift of her baby. As the baby cub is curious about where it came from, this story helps children understand a small amount about how they were made with some emphasis on just how much they are cherished, both before they were born as well as now. While the book had a good message, and it was written in such a way that a small child could understand, there was one main thing I didn't like about the book: The words "God gave us you" seemed to be thrown into many if not all of the pages. It seemed forced and awkward many of the times, as if it did not fit but had to put there anyway. While the book is cute and helps to explain a tough topic, I would not choose this as my first resource. Because I wouldn't use it as my first choice, I probably wouldn't recommend it to anyone else, either.
MizChelleB More than 1 year ago
God Gave Us You is a wonderfully illustrated book in which a Mama Bear answers her cub's question "Where did I come from?" While it was tastefully done, and carries a message that is wonderful for your children (You are treasured, you are wonderful and you are a gift from God), I do have mixed feeling about this book. On one hand, I love the illustrations. They are adorable, and scenes, such as the page where Mama and Papa bear are preparing the nursery, tug at your heart. It brought me back to the days that we did that for our children, eagerly anticipating their arrival. Other moments in the book that pulled on my emotions were when Mama Bear says, "Your papa talked to you and sang to you. He wanted you to be born knowing his voice." This made me and my daughter smile, as she knows her daddy did the same. While there are many adorable moments in the book, there is a feeling of "too much information" for my toddler. For instance, when Mama Bear explains "I felt something different. You wanted out!" While it is not graphic, or distasteful, it just was not something I would have chosen to read to my four year old. In addition, the title, God Gave us You, is worked in repeatedly. I understand that it is the message (and title) of the book; however, the wording seems forced on some pages, as if it did not quite fit, but was shoved in there anyway. I am only giving this book three stars. I do not dislike the book, but I want to heed parents that it is not as simple as "God Gave us You". Be forewarned in buying this book that doors will be opened, especially if you have inquisitive little cubs like mine. If you are not ready to answer your little cub's "Why's?", then leave it on the shelf. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Blogging for Books book 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