Monday, December 20, 2010

Blogging For Books- God Gave Us So Much Review

I was thrilled to join the Multnomah Publishers blogging for books program a week ago.  I was shocked at how fast they sent me my first selection!  Here is my review;

Book Information:  God Gave Us So Much: A Limited-Edition Three-Book Treasury by Lisa T. Bergren and Laura J. Bryant (Hardcover - Aug 10, 2010)

Product Details (From Amazon):
  • Reading level: Ages 4-8
  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press; 1 edition (August 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307446298
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307446299
Book Review:
God Gave us so Much combines three books in one: God Gave us the World, God Gave us Love, and God Gave us Heaven. Each book features Little Cub and her adventures as she learns about God by asking her Mama, Grandpa, and Papa questions.  Little Cub has lots of questions.  Her little mind wonders about differences, different types of love and everlasting life.

Laura Bryant's artwork is beautiful and captivating.  From a language standpoint, I was able to use her illustrations to pose questions about basic concepts (propositions, basic concepts, 5Ws). Her illustrations are full of color and detail.

Lisa Tawn Bergren teaches important spiritual and life lessons throughout the book. The first book God Gave Us The World  is a touching story that teaches children to take care of the worldly gifts God has given to us.  In The Second, God Gave Us Love, we learn that God wants us to show everyone his love.  The annoying otter family provides a good concrete example of how God calls us to love others when they are not so lovable.  While there is no plot to the stories, there is a lovely dialogue that kept my daughter focused and hooked.  Some critics feel that plot is a missing element, but like the great works of Dr. Seuss and Eric Carle, these books serve to teach.  Concepts are beautifully presented and reinforced in many ways.  Lessons are taught in a beautiful way.   If you are looking for perfect grammar as a model for language development you will not find it here, but I think that is also an important lesson.  Little Cub does not use perfect standard American English.  My child can certainly relate to that.  This is another opportunity to teach that differences are ok. 

This book would make an amazing  gift and it easily provides an avenue for opening discussions about God, life, and morals. 

This book will be a permanent fixture on my daughter's book shelf!

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