God Gave Us the World: A Picture Book (God Gave Us Series)

by Lisa Tawn Bergren

Hardcover, 2011



Call number



WaterBrook (2011), Edition: Illustrated, 40 pages

Original publication date



While visiting a museum, Mama Bear tells Little Cub about all the different kinds of bears living around the world, and that God created this big, diverse planet to be their home.


Original language


Physical description

40 p.; 8.8 inches


1400074487 / 9781400074488

User reviews

LibraryThing member SandSing7
The pictures in this book are beautifully drawn - very colorful and eye catching. I felt that the Christian vibe was just right at the beginning, but a bit overpowering at the end. However, it is still overall a lovely book to share with your little one.
LibraryThing member LadyD_Books
I was so pleased to win a copy of this delightful children's picture book. I am a huge fan of Lisa Tawn Bergren. We have two of her other books in the series, "God Gave Us Love" and "God Gave Us Christmas" and we love them dearly. Needless to say, the stories and beautiful illustrations of a family
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of bears are a huge hit around our house with 4 lovely grandchildren. The book is geared for children, ages 4-8. The sentences are simple and easy to read, too.

I just love the opening sentence of the book: "What a beautiful world we live in!" Mama Bear said. The interaction between Mama Bear and Little Cub is precious. Relationships with one another, conversations and parenting skills shine brightly in Bergren's story. The warm, colorful illustrations remind me of places like Maine, New hampshire or Colorado.

What I especially love about this book is that the author explains diversity in creation (our world), diversity with animals (bears), and cultural diversity with bears from India and China without being preachy. The author does a brilliant job in sharing wisdom with her son in such a gentle, comforting way that is universally embracing and accepting.

My favorite line in the story is: "Every bear has a special place in God's great, big world." What a wonderful picture book for youngsters and a great "seek and find" book for toddlers. There's bears on every page! :)
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LibraryThing member NancyReed
I LOVE love love this sweet book. My five year old really enjoyed it as well. Excited to add this to our quiet time basket. Beautiful reminder of how amazing God is and how creative He is.
LibraryThing member hanlaub
This book is so sweet. I was so excited to get it in the mail to read to my two nieces. The illustrations were really well done, and really appealing to my nieces. The story was sweet and positive. You know you have a winner when my niece asks me to read it to her a second time. A good addition to
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a children's library.
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LibraryThing member sheriefx
Such a sweet story! I absolutly loved this one. I teach Sunday School for 4-5 year olds and this book will be a great addition to my class. It has a wonderful way of explaining why people look different and live in different places in a way that kids will understand. I am excited to read this to
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"my kids" on Sunday, they will love it!
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LibraryThing member antmusic
Excellent, educational, religious book. This book is part of the "God Gave Us" series, and I received it through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program.

The book is essentially a conversation between a mother bear and her little inquisitive girl cub about the world and why God made different
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bears. There are some fun facts and silly moments to keep kids entertained.

To be honest, my five-year-old found the pictures "boring," but he enjoyed the story/conversation. I really liked this book, soni didn't reduce any stars for the excellent, but "boring" pictures. Ha ha.
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LibraryThing member judyg54
A special thanks goes to LibraryThing Early Reviewers for giving me this delightful children's book to read and review. I loved the artwork in the book; the pages were colorful, bright and well done. I also liked the theme of this book, how it is all about what God did; it was informational yet
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written as a story that would hold a child's attention. A Momma Bear shares with her cub how God made the world and all the wonderful different kinds of bears in it. The conversation between Momma Bear and her cub was precious and I look forward to reading this story to my grandchildren.
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LibraryThing member dolphari
The story is a sweet conversation between a little cub and a mama bear, about how God made different places and different types of bears around the world because He is creative. They also talk about taking care of the world God gave them. It's a good starting point for discussing serious issues
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like different races and environmentalism. My only complaint was that I would have preferred some of the grammar to be more correct, but that was pretty minor.
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LibraryThing member mejese313
God Gave Us The World was written by Lisa Tawn Bergren and the art was done by Laura J Bryant. This book tells of Little Cub’s trip to a special museum exhibit, Bears around the world. While at the exhibit Mama Bear shares with Little Cub how creative God is. Little Cub has all kinds of questions
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about the bears around the world. She learns how they are all different but despite of the differences God made each of them special. She learns that each of us has a special place in God’s amazing world. And that we were each placed here to serve and worship our amazing God.

This adorable story with beautiful illustrations teaches young children 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.

"I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review"
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LibraryThing member AnneDenney
A very nice book with appealing artwork and a great story about the beauty diversity that is allowed to stay diverse, so to speak: Different bears can live in different places and eat different things and that's ok.

The interaction of mother bear with the little cub is very cute. The references to
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YHVH the Creator are not too much simplified, i.e. even if you take your convictions seriously and adhere to Scripture, the explanations in the book don't make you cringe too much.

The little bear's language is colloquial, i.e. with abbreviations. This might irritate language purists and if any of your children is old enough to read for herself or himself, these would need explanation.

Overall a great book though: When we first got it, I couldn't take a look at it because my 3-year-old absconded with it and would not let anyone look at it until she had perused it at her leisure. She certainly likes her new book.
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LibraryThing member innermurk
This book was a great read for my daughter. She loved the colorful pictures with lots of activity in them to look at as the text was being read. She is a little impatient with longer passages of text, but this book kept that to a minimum and we were able to turn the pages quickly enough for both
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her pace and the story's. It had a very nice message of diversity in it, and I appreciate it being so positive since it is a beginning point for talking about differences, and we don't need to bring negativity in until we are ready to talk about specific examples. Also, I think the positive message gives children a correct way of looking at what may be different between them and others without stopping to think how "bad" it would be if they naturally reacted a certain way (such as saying Yuck to other bears having a different diet). They can follow the example of seeing that they are different, but special and unique as God intended without being thrown into a victim or guilt position.
Really well written way of introducing the subject and keeing a moral and religious based view on it, without having to dwell on the drama that so much of the world and schools push.
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LibraryThing member msh09
This book is adorable! My 4-year-old daughter and I loved the illustrations. The story and interactions between Mama Bear and Little Cub are cute and enjoyable to read. I thought the message was presented in an excellent way for kids to understand that there are all different kinds of bears all
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over the world and God loves them all.
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LibraryThing member lasperschlager
God Gave Us the World is a good book to have in your child’s book collection. The story has a message that everyone was created by God and each of us is different. The added touch of telling the story by using bears as the main characters is great. It allows kids an opportunity to learn about the
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different bears in the world. When I read a story to my daughter I like books that have a good starting point to talk about what else is going on in the pictures and this book gives us that ability.
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LibraryThing member bluehose1
This book is thoughtful and explores themes like creation, diversity, and family love. I work in a church and might use this book to discuss world communion Sunday or Earth Day with young children. This book could also be used to discuss divine providence and other attributes of God. I particularly
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like the sentence: "God created our world and everything in it, because it's in his nature to create". A wonderful way to explore who God is while allowing young children to wonder and be in awe of God.
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LibraryThing member kmcgowan
A charming book that tackles the issue of understanding diversity in the context of a children friendly story. Very lovably exposes children to God, without being too preachy. An excellent bed time story for my son.
LibraryThing member Suso711
A sweet book. I read it to my kids, and they loved it too. The message is good, and the art is adorable! The message of diversity is well-done - not saccharine or syrupy. I must say that I was confused at the first read-through. I had not caught WHY they were talking about other bears - because
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they were at a museum.
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LibraryThing member jenniferbogart
The latest installment in Lisa Tawn Berren’s popular God Gave Us series of children’s picture books is absolutely adorable. God Gave Us the World is definitely my childrens’ favorite out of the three books from the series that we own. The entire polar bear family visits the museum to view an
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exhibit that displays a few of the many types of bears around the world. Using these bears as a jumping off point, Little Bear and Mama Bear enter into a discussion that explores the unique differences that make each bear unique, a gentle exploration of conservation, and a celebration of diversity within God’s creation.

As always, Laura J. Bryant’s artwork is lovely and whimsical. Soft pastel shades, playful characters, and richly colored landscapes all contribute to the frequency with which my two-year-old pulls this title off the shelf for my husband or I to read her. These illustrations keep little eyes busy while the text gently teaches lessons appropriate for 3-6 year-olds about the nature of God and the joys of differences.

Of course, the ultimate goal of this series of books is for children to apply the truths the polar bears are learning in their bear-oriented world to the child’s own world. Bears are different and there are many types of bears should (hopefully) eventually carry over into people are different and there are many types of people – we are all created by God and are all special and unique in our own ways. This book offers a gentle and playful way to introduce this concept through a well-thought out storyline and a fun family adventure.

Reviewed at quiverfullfamily.com
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LibraryThing member Vintage_books_baby
A really lovely children's book, with adorable drawings of bears around the world. Mama bear teaches baby bear that God made all different types of bears who are different. It's a little heavy handed on the religious side at the end, but I would still recommend this book for young readers.
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