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Monday, December 3, 2012

God Gave Us Christmas

Little Cub is back in God Gave Us Christmas, another in a series of picture books by Lisa Tawn Bergen. As curious as ever, Little Cub has some questions about Christmas and wants to know who "invented" it:

"'Was it Santa?'
'No,' Mama Bear said.  'God invented Christmas.  God gave us Christmas.'
'Is God more important than Santa?'"

Little Cub wants to go find Santa, but Mama Bear tells him that "Santa is hard to find." She then says that they can go find God because he is everywhere. Little Cub is excited about this and can hardly wait to go find God. 

The background pictures of the family interacting are wonderful. The daddy is shown with Little Cub's younger siblings, and the entire family is shown making holiday preparations. I like how the family is shown as loving and caring and how the parents are both engaged with the cubs. The illustrations by David Hohn are so sweet and full of detail.

My favorite parts of the book are the depictions of God's majestic creation:

"'What is that?' Little Cub asked in wonder as she watched the dancing lights in the sky.
'That is God at work, Little Cub.
He sent his only Son as a baby
so that we would know light from dark.
Jesus is the light of the world.
Jesus is how God gave us Christmas.'"

The illustrations that show the scenes of the nature around them are beautiful, and the explanations Mama Bear gives Little Cub about God's omnipotence are written in a way that young children will understand.

I also like the way Mama Bear explains the true meaning of Christmas and addresses Little Cub's questions about Santa without spoiling anything. God Gave Us Christmas is a nice holiday read-aloud, and little ones will delight in the wonder of the true meaning of Christmas.

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{The publisher provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.}