Title: God Gave Us Family
Author: Lisa Tawn Bergren
Illustrator: David Hohn
“Whenever somebody is loving and caring for another, that’s a family,” Little Pup is told in Lisa Tawn Bergren’s children’s book, God Gave Us Family.
~ What ~
This forty-page hardbound targets children ages three to eight years old who like to read stories about how God gives us each a special family. With no scary scenes, the book may be best read out loud to beginner readers based on the complicated two- and three-syllable words.
In this short tale, an inquisitive wolf named Little Pup wishes he had a sibling, comparing himself to other families that have several. His parents explain that there are different types of families and God makes us part of His family too. Adoption, single parenting, grandparents, and extended families are mentioned as the wolf and his parents travel to a family reunion. There, Little Pup plays with his cousin and realizes that although families are different, he loves the one God gave him.
I like how many different types of families are discussed and how God gives us the one we are in for a reason. The illustrations of the pack of wolves traveling to the reunion are full color, expressive, and detailed, keeping young ones engaged and entertained.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not believe in God may avoid this book. With many types of family units described, the story does not include those who have no children and those with blended families.
~ Wish ~
I prefer all pronouns of God capitalized for reverence.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for a children’s book that focuses on family and God wanting us to love and enjoy the one we are given, this is a thoughtful choice.
Thanks to Blogging for Books for this complimentary book that I am freely reviewing.
GRAMMARLY was used to check for errors in this review.