As siblings tend to do, my children have mastered the art of arguments, dissention and sarcasm toward each other. One day, not too long ago, I became so fed up with the bickering between the middle girls that I made the 7 year old write a paragraph about why she loves her sister and I had the 4 year old draw a picture of something she loves to do with her sister. I talked (loudly!) to them for at least 20 minutes about what they would do without their sister and how they should treat those close to them… I even made them say “I love you” to each other when coming and going. I included their brother on that one.
It worked for a bit, but I know there has to be a better way (or at least more ways) to handle this. So when I saw the opportunity to review “God Gave Us Love,” a children’s book by Lisa Tawn Bergren and illustrated by Laura J. Bryant, I immediately requested a copy to share with my children.
In this sweet, softly and beautifully illustrated book, Little Cub has trouble understanding love. She gets upset with her siblings as well as her animal friends preventing her and her grandpa from catching fish. To help her understand the different types of love, Grandpa explains to her that God gives us all types of love and how good that is.
We’ve had the book for about a week and I’ve read it to my children twice. Each time they’ve listened closely and intently gazed at the illustrations. I’ve allowed them to absorb what they’re hearing and make their silly little comments to make each other laugh as well as ask questions if they want. I think each time we read the story the children will take in the message of God’s love and how we should treat others. Little Cub is easy for children, especially those with siblings, to relate to.
“God Gave Us Love” is one of the books in the “God Gave Us” series, which is geared toward children ages 2 to 6. Even older children will enjoy the book and its message; my son, who is 8, was happy to read the book as well.
It’s definitely a book I’m glad to add to my children’s personal library.
Disclosure: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for the purpose of this review. Any opinions expressed here are my own. For more information review my complete disclosure policy.