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 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 are bears on every page! :)
“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me." C. S. Lewis