God Gave Us the World

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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 ...

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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. 
 
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400074488
  • Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/11/2011
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 386,638
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet 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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  • Posted March 8, 2011

    Diversity for Little Ones

    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.

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  • Posted February 25, 2011

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    Definitely Worth Buying!

    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."

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  • Posted February 21, 2011

    Another great book in the God Gave Us series

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2011

    My children loved it!

    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!

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  • Posted February 18, 2011

    Delightful young child book.

    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.

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  • Posted February 18, 2011

    A wonderful children's book

    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.

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  • Posted February 17, 2011

    Cute Children's Book

    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.

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  • Posted February 17, 2011

    Highly Recommended....Excellent book!

    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.

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  • Posted February 17, 2011

    Wonderfully written & illustrated children's book

    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

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  • Posted February 11, 2011

    Great Learning Tool!

    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.

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  • Posted February 10, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    There Bear's A Resemblence!

    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

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  • Posted February 7, 2011

    Cute way to learn about differences

    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.

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  • Posted January 31, 2011

    Great book about differences

    God Gave Us the World is a wonderful book about little bear and learning about the differences in the world. Little bear is always so curious to why something happens, or why something is someway.

    In God Gave Us the World, Little bear wants to know if all bear tongues are the same and this leads to a discussion about why God created different types of bears, different locations and homes for the bears and why each individual bear loves what they have.

    I read this book to my group of 2 year olds and they were in love with little bear and the pictures of the other bears. I also read this with a four year old and we discussed alot of the questions that were in the book and also more related to people and the differences between individuals.

    The illustrations in the book were very cute and brightly colored. This is a great addition to our home library.



    I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review

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  • Posted January 28, 2011

    God Gave Us the World

    'God Gave Us the World' is the latest in a series of wonderful books by Lisa Tawn Bergren. This book was illustrated by Laura J. Bryant. In this story Mama Bear and Little Cub are visiting an exhibit at the museum of 'Bears around the World'. Seeing that there are other kinds of bears that live in places quite different from her home raises many questions for Little Cub. I appreciate this everyday life experience that leads Mama Bear to share about God with her little one. I try and hope to do this exact thing with my two children as they inquire about the world around them. This book would be a great read to pair with a study on the creation story as the bears marvel at the beauty of the world that God has created and the wonderful uniqueness of all He has created. There are lots of teaching lessons packed into this book. It's a great story for celebrating racial diversity and also for stewardship of the world he has given to us all. It has sweet, colorful and detailed illustrations. My two love the pictures of all the bears in their different habitats.
    I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

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  • Posted January 28, 2011

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    Love this!!

    This is a great book to read to little ones. It is about a little Polar bear who asks his mother questions about other bears. The mother takes the bear to a zoo where they learn about different bears around the world! I absolutely love the illustrations!! It is a beautiful book!

    The book really focuses on God as the creator, a very creative creator!! They discus the different types of bears, where they live, and what they eat. Like every child, the little bear responds with more questions of why... The book also discusses how we must take care of the gift God has given us, our Earth.

    I definitely would give this book as a gift to young children. It's also a very simple book to read, great for beginning readers! I will definitely read this book to my preschool class and my kids!

    I received this book from Waterbooks Press!!

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  • Posted January 28, 2011

    Great message!

    My girls were so excited to get a new book first of all no matter what the story is they are always willing to listen, however they do let me know what they think of it!

    In the book "God Gave Us the World" by Laura Bryant, I felt it was a really great message wrapped into a cute and entertaining story! At the beginning of the book it introduces a Mama Bear and a Little Cub. They are walking in the snow sticking out their tongues to catch the snow! My girls just laughed and laughed at this, and one of them even stuck out her tongue and began to pretend it was snowing in our living room! When Mama Bear tells Little Cub he has the pinkest tongue she has ever seen, Little Cub wonders if all bears are the same as him.

    Mama Bear begins to explain to Little Cub that God created all kinds of different places to live and different types of bears. So they begin taking a journey through a Bear Exhibit in order to see a glimpse of all that God created. They talk about many different types of bears, where they live, what they eat, and how each bear is made unique by our Creator. No bear is quite the same! They talk about how Big God is and how the world reflects God's work. It is God's nature to create, and our purpose here on earth is to worship Him. I felt it went a little green at the end of the story, talking about how we need to be good stewards of our world, take care of the world because it is God's gift to us.

    After we were done reading the story my girls looked up at me and said "that was a great story mom, can we read it again?!" I guess that comment can speak for it's self! Even my 5 month old LOVED looking at the pictures! Over all I think the story was great, the message was great and it was easy for the kids to interact with the story.

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  • Posted January 21, 2011

    Cute little book

    This is such a cute book for a family of young children. My three children range in age from 7 years old to 1 ½ years old and they all loved it. I loved reading it to them and finding out the answers to Little Cub's questions.

    Little Cub starts asking her mommy about a museum exhibit about bears from around the world. She wanders what is life like outside of the North Pole, where she lives.

    Her mommy explains to Little Cub about the different places and types of bears that God has made.

    This is a great book that can help you explain to your children about the different places and different people that God has made in this world and how the people are alike in some ways an different in other ways.

    I highly recommend this book!

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  • Posted January 20, 2011

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    Great Teaching Tool

    God Gave Us the World by Lisa Tawn Bergren is the sixth book in the "God Gave Us" series. This book is generally geared toward children ages 3-7 years old. After reading it myself, I found that it is full of a lot of food for thought in teaching our children.

    The large colorfully illustrated pages in this book are sure to engage this visual interest of children. My daughter going on three this year really liked pointing out the images on each pages of the various bears. In this story you'll find the mama bear taking her cub on a trip to a museum in order to teach him about bears living in different habitats that eat different foods, and she points out how they look different, even though they are all bears. Through this lesson the cub and the children listening and reading this book will and will have learned the importance truths about God and his creation in making us all different and not the same and how to celebrate those differences and care for the earth around us.

    This is a wonderful book that should be in every child's library. I look forward to adding and reading the other titles in the God Gave Us series.

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  • Posted January 19, 2011

    Little book...big wisdom

    Like most little guys his age, Little Cub is full of questions when he visits the museum with his family. One special exhibit displays bears from various locations around the world. The young polar bear is surprised to find that a world exists beyond the North Pole. He's even further amazed to discover that bears who live in those far off places are not just like him. They look different, they eat different, they like different things.

    Little Cub wonders why God didn't make all bears alike and place them all together in one place.

    Every little "cub" needs someone like Mama Bear to show them the wonderful reality of God's inventiveness. In the beautifully illustrated pages of God Gave Us the World, Mama Bear gives Little Cub a glimpse into the vastness of the world he lives in, the amazing inventiveness of a Creator who designed a universe of variation and diversity, and the importance of taking care of the corner of the world in which God placed him. By the end of the day, the little bear cub knows without a doubt that every bear is unique. Every bear is loved. Every bear has his own special place in God's great big, wonderful world.

    All children could benefit from the contents of this beautiful picture book.
    What a great way to discover that "different" does not equal "bad" or "wrong", and that God loves each one of the creatures he created-every color, every tribe, every nation.every bear!

    Between the bright covers of God Gave Us the World lies a treasure trove of gentle wisdom and value. It is entertaining, educational-and an absolute must-have for young readers.

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  • Posted January 14, 2011

    A Delightful Story

    God Gave Us the World, written by Lisa Tawn Bergren is a wonderful story for young children and the young at heart! Such a delight to read. A trip to a special museum exhibit "Bears Around the World" brings a whole series of questions to a very young polar bear who is beginning to learn about her surroundings outside of her home. A very adorable book that any child would love to read or hear. I highly recommend this book for any parent or teacher. The writing and illustrations are outstanding!

    Thank you to WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for providing me with this free complimentary copy.

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