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God Gave Us Easter

"God loved us so much he wanted us to always be with him too. That’s why God knew he’d need to give us Easter.”   As Little Cub celebrates Easter with Papa, Mama, and her brother and sister, she begins to ask her papa questions about this very special day of the year.  Papa lovingly explains God’s plans for his children, while taking Little Cub on a memorable walk through her stunning Arctic world, and he shares how Easter came about in clear, simple terms that even the littlest cubs can understand.

Series: God Gave Us...

Hardcover: 40 pages

Publisher: WaterBrook; BRDBK edition (January 15, 2013)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0307730727

ISBN-13: 978-0307730725

Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 0.3 x 8.8 inches

Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)

Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (184 customer reviews)

Best Sellers Rank: #104,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #41 in Books > Children's Books > Holidays & Celebrations > Religious #50 in Books > Children's Books > Holidays & Celebrations > Easter #341 in Books > Children's Books > Literature & Fiction > Religious Fiction > Christian

Age Range: 3 - 7 years

Grade Level: Preschool - 2

"...Even death couldn't trap God's Son. He is life itself. And God loved us so much, he wanted us to be with him always. We can see signs of his Easter plan all around us." -excerpt from God Gave Us EasterA love of reading began early on in my life. My mother cultivated it in me from a very early age. Now, as a mom myself, I hope to do that for my children as well. In choosing literature for my children, I always want to choose quality literature, words that will add to the life of my children. I am so thankful for people who write and have a passion to communicate God's truth to children. God Gave Us Easter is an example of the type of literature I am looking for.As part of a God Gave Us series, God Gave Us Easter is a story of how a papa polar bear teaches his young daughter about God and His greatest gift to us, Jesus. The story goes through teaching in the Bible about how Jesus is the answer of redemption for mankind. Bergren also uses examples found in nature of how death can produce life.There are a lot of things I like about this book. The author doesn't bash the Easter bunny or eggs, symbols often associated with Easter, but explains how they can demonstrate the love of God in His gift of Jesus. She says, "Just like the shell cracks open and a chick comes out, we remember that Jesus was in a tomb...but he didn't stay dead." There is also teaching in the book about Jesus being from the root of Jesse. This is something I was unfamiliar with, and had never seen in a children's book, so I learned something too! (See Isaiah 11 and Romans 15.) I also really liked the author's explanation of how Jesus speaks to our hearts, and that even a small child can be sensitive to His voice.

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