|Reading level: Ages 3 and up|
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: WaterBrook Multnomah
Lisa Tawn Bergen, author of the "God Gave Us..." children's books, has once again brought us a fantastic book to read to our children. God Gave Us Christmas is by far one of the best books I have had the pleasure to read to my kids. Christmas is a touchy issue with children. They are young and don't always fully comprehend that Christmas isn't just about presents and Santa Claus, but is in fact Jesus's birthday. Without Jesus there would be no Christmas. This is the perfect book to get that message across to little ones. Answering the simple question: "Who 'vented Christmas?" "Was it Santa?" "Is God more important than Santa?" While not shrugging off Santa and saying he isn't real, this book instead gives perfectly good explanations. Everything is easy for children to understand and is put across in a very gentle way.
As Little Cub and her family prepare to celebrate Christmas, Little Cub starts wondering about this very special day. She starts to ask Mama Bear questions so Mama Bear decides to take her on a little journey so she can see God and learn just how much He loves them all. Along their journey together Little Cub learns that the best gift of all is, in fact, Jesus.
My children were riveted with this book and we have been reading it every week. As you embark on the journey along with Mama Bear and her sweet little bear cub the whole family can genuinely enjoy this book.
As the bear cub asks questions about Christmas, Santa, etc., Mama Bear decides to take her on a little journey she won't soon forget. Along their journey questions are answered and seen before their very eyes.
I love how Mama Bear points out to her cub that the lights, ice, etc. are God. It really helps your children see that God is everywhere, in every beautiful thing on earth. Just because we cannot see an image of God he is everywhere and in everything.
The illustrations are beautiful and definitely will capture your children's attentions. They are full of color and are just fun and exciting. There is much for your kids to point out in the pictures as you turn each page.
For my children this book has helped shed light on the true meaning of Christmas without dampening their hopes and joys of Santa. In today's world Christmas is advertised as gifts, Santa, snowmen, etc. While all those things are perfectly fine they can't take away the true reason for such a wonderful day.
Even though this will be a book that we will read throughout the entire year, it is also sure to become a Christmas tradition.
This book would compliment any child's bookshelf, and would be an excellent book to read in Sunday class. Everyone around that hears this magnetic story will take something wonderful away from it, and you won't soon forget.
This book is available in Hardcover Kindle Nook eBook
You can download a God Gave Us Christmas coloring page by clicking here
Disclaimer: I received this book for free through WaterBrook Multnomah Publishers in exchange for an unbiased review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.