It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!

Today's Wild Card author is:

Lisa Tawn Bergren

and the illustrator:

and the book:

WaterBrook Press (January 11, 2011)
***Special thanks to Staci Carmichael, Marketing and Publicity Coordinator, Doubleday Religion / Waterbrook Multnomah / Divisions of Random House, Inc. for sending me a review copy.***


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 Love 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.

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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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Product Details:

List Price: $10.99
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: WaterBrook Press (January 11, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1400074487
ISBN-13: 978-1400074488

Also Available:

God Gave Us You
God Gave Us Two
God Gave Us Christmas
God Gave Us Heaven
God Gave Us Love
God Gave Us So Much
– a limited three book treasury

AND NOW...THE FIRST FOUR the pictures to better view them:

By Lisa Tawn Bergren
Published by Waterbrook
32 Pages

Book Description: 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 eating habits, 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.”

Review: I LOVE Lisa Tawn Bergren picture books and was thrilled to receive a review copy of this book. She has such a unique and special way of showing aspects of God to children that I connect with on many levels. I’ve read several of her other children books and enjoyed how the story is brought to life in the beautifully illustrated pages by Laura J. Bryant.

This story talks about the world around us and how everyone is different in a good way. The little bear asks his mom why all the bears are not the same. Why didn’t God make us all the same? And will we ever meet all the other bears God created?

Here’s a peek into the answers the momma bear give her little inquisitive cub:

“Why not make us all the same?
We’re not all the same on the inside, are we?

It’s fun that God made us all bears, but all special too.

…every bear has a special place in God’s great, big world.
…The world-reflects God’s work…the world is God’s gift to us. Take care of it.”

And the people in it. Good message to the bear cub.

I enjoy reading Lisa’s children’s books as they bring up topics I might encounter with children I read to. It gives the parent a tool to bring up subjects they want to talk about, but are unsure of how to talk about it on their level. It also helps kids see they aren’t the only one with questions about God. Other kids have them too. This helps the child explain feelings they don’t know how to put words too (and it helps the adults too! Thanks, Lisa!) This book is a great reminder God created us all in very special ways to do his work; it’s also a book to encourage your faith and that of your child. That’s another thing I like about Lisa’s books, they won’t disappoint and can be enjoyed over and over again!

Nora St.Laurent
The Book Club Network

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the lovely review, Nora. That's exactly what I hoped would come out of the series--a resource for parents to tackle those big questions and yet with answers that even little ones can understand. Thanks for telling your readers about this latest installment!