Every year our family gets a new Christmas book. Usually it's a new picture book, never mind that my oldest is 21 and my youngest is 11! We're just not thinking about babies growing up right now. ~smile~ I always wrap them up in Christmas paper and let one of the children or Poppa open the book. Although I've already given a book to the family for this year, I decided to review this book, God Gave Us Christmas, because Amy was interested in it. I thought, why not two books?
This is an adorable little book about learning what Christmas is, why Christmas is, and who Christmas is all about. The little bear begins thinking that maybe it's Santa Claus that gives us Christmas, but momma bear sets him straight. It's all about God. Little bear wants to find Santa. momma bear takes him to find God, because he's everywhere. Little Cub learns of Jesus.
I like that this book points to Jesus, just like all of nature does. It seemed a little funny to me to have bears talk about Jesus' birth, but they showed real people celebrating at church. My eleven year old daughter really liked it. I asked her if we could give it away, after all, it's intended for younger children, maybe up to about second or third grade. She insisted we keep it. So, keep it we shall and enjoy it yearly until she decides she's too grown up. The bright, colorful, illustrations will appeal to young children. I can imagine reading it to my grandlittles someday.
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