Lenten season began February 13 in 2013 and ends March 30 the day before Easter. It’s both a time of spiritual celebration and fun, yet youngsters sometimes focus only on the fun. Whether it’s coloring, hiding and finding bright colored Easter eggs or gifts of lush Easter baskets overflowing with bright colored candies the real meaning of Easter can be eclipsed. That’s why Lisa wrote God Gave us Easter for children, a story that teaches what Easter is really about.
The account centers on a family of Polar bears and begins with “Little Cub” and “Papa Bear” coloring eggs for Easter. “Little Cub” has just told Papa Bear how much he loves Easter.
“Papa Bear” agrees and says, “It’s even better than Christmas.”
Lisa contrasts Christmas with Easter in the introduction then highlights the similarities and differences between them as the story begins. For example, Christmas is a time of giving that celebrates Christ’s birth while Easter celebrates the “bigger story,” the gift of eternal life Jesus paid for with his life.
She uses the analogy of a chick breaking the eggshell at birth to illustrate Christ’s breaking free of the tomb because “death couldn’t trap God’s son” any more than the eggshell could keep the little chick inside.
My only criticism is the inclusion of topics besides Easter, such as Noah and his family, the flood and the rainbow’s promise that distracts from the main topic of Easter. That said, the appealing narrative does provide a basic non-gospel specific summary of Easter.
I also liked the suggestion that children should listen to Jesus with their hearts and not just their heads, because that “…takes a special kind of listening.” Colorful pictures by award-winning illustrator, Laura Bryant add enjoyable visual texture to the story.
The book is especially suitable for ages three through six, especially with youngsters who have a church background and for children without that, Lisa’s book still provides a basic and sound overview of Easter.
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‘God Gave us Easter’ by Lisa Tawn Bergren, art by Laura J. Bryant, WaterBrook Press, 2013, Ages 3-7, Hardback, 40 Pages, 978-0307730725, $10.99
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‘God Gave us Easter’ by Lisa Tawn Bergren, art by Laura J. Bryant
“God loved us so much he wanted us to always be with him too.
That’s why God knew he’d need to give us Easter.”
As Little Cub celebrates Easter with Papa, Mama, and her brother and sister, she begins to ask her papa questions about this very special day of the year. Papa lovingly explains God’s plans for his children, while taking Little Cub on a memorable walk through her stunning Arctic world, and he shares how Easter came about in clear, simple terms that even the littlest cubs can understand.
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 www.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
‘God Gave Us the World’ by Lisa Tawn Bergren & Laura J. Bryant
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.”
This adorable story offers young children who are discovering their place in God’s big world an opportunity to learn about the wonder of diversity, the gift of creativity, the importance of caring for His gifts, and how each child-each creation-is special to God.
‘God Gave Us So Much’ by Lisa Tawn Bergren & Laura J. Bryant
Three Adorable Tales for Children of All Ages!
Through the eyes of a curious little polar bear, young readers are invited into engaging journeys through the Arctic North Pole to explore some of their most tender-hearted and important questions.
Mama, Papa, and Grampa Bear, the ever-loving and wise guides for Little Cub’s adventures, share with her the incredible miracles of God’s creation and the depths of His love for her.
This limited edition treasury of the best-selling God Gave Us series includes three complete charming tales. With heart and humor, the stories reveal the beauty of diversity throughout the world, the incredible gift of love, and the wonderment of our Heavenly home to come.
All three books are available in this exclusive treasury for the price of two!
God Gave Us the World
God Gave Us Love
God Gave Us Heaven
‘God Gave Us Love’ by Lisa Tawn Bergren & Laura J. Bryant
As Little Cub and Grampa Bear’s fishing adventure is interrupted by mischievous otters, the young polar bear begins to question why we must love others… even the seemingly unlovable.
In answering her questions, Grampa Bear gives tender explanations that teach Little Cub about the different kinds of love that is shared between families, friends, and mamas and papas. Grampa explains that all these kinds of love come from God and that it is important to love others because…
“Any time we show love, Little Cub, we’re sharing a bit of his love.”
This sweet tale will warm the hearts of young children as they learn about all the different sorts of love, while the gentle explanations of each provide a valuable opportunity to encourage children to share with others a “God-sized love.”
‘God Gave Us Heaven’ by Lisa Tawn Bergren & Laura J. Bryant
As the sun rises on her snow-covered world, Little Cub wonders aloud…
“What is heaven like?”
With tender words, her Papa describes a wonderful place, free of sadness and tears, where God warmly welcomes his loved ones after their life on earth is over. Little Cub and Papa spend the day wandering their beautiful, invigorating arctic world while she asks all about God’s home: How do we get to heaven? Will we eat there? Will I get to see you in heaven? Papa patiently answers each question, assuring her that…
“Heaven will be full of everything good.”
This gentle story provides satisfying answers for a young child’s most difficult questions about what happens after this life, inviting “little cubs” to find comfort in knowing that God Gave Us Heaven.
‘God Gave Us Two’ by Lisa Tawn Bergren & Laura J. Bryant
Now that Mama polar bear has another baby in her tummy, Little Cub is bursting with curiosity. “Why do we need a new baby?” she asks. “If we don’t like the new baby, can we send it back?”
“Will you forget me when the new baby comes?”
Gently and lovingly, Mama and Papa assure their firstborn that the new baby is a gift from God they want very much, just as Little Cub was–and still is.
“God gave us you. Now he’s given us two!”
The winsome sequel to God Gave Us You, God Gave Us Two playfully affirms a child’s uniqueness and place in the family and helps little ones accept, appreciate, and love their new siblings.
‘God Gave Us You’ by Lisa Tawn Bergren & Laura J. Bryant
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, story time 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.