Recommendation: **** (4-star)
Positives: The "God Gave Us" series is so simply and beautifully written. I have loved each and every story and use them often with children. This story once again shows us a great bond between Little Bear and Mama Bear and how Mama Bear so patiently teaches her young Cub about God and the world around her. I love that the idea of Santa is addressed in this book. Santa is dealt with honestly, as a fictional character, but we see that God is far greater than Santa!
Talking Points: There were so many Scriptures that came to mind as I was reading this book! Mama Bear uses creation to teach Little Bear about God. Continue to show your children the wonders of creation and talk about how they reflect an awesome Creator! (Ps. 19:1, Rom. 1:18-19). Mama Bear spoke of our need for Jesus to come in the flesh because God knew we needed someone we could see and touch and smell (John 1:1-14, 1 John 1:1-3). I loved the imagery the author used of a flower blooming in the winter and how Jesus is like that flower - surprising, unexpected. Talk with your child about how Jesus' birth is surprising. How could an all-powerful King become a helpless baby? How could the sins of many be paid for by the death of a sinless one? Lastly, I would talk about the idea expressed in the book that Jesus came for all of us and came for each of us. We are all sinners (Mean 'ol Maggie Moose and grumpy 'ol Frankie Fox) in need of a Savior. Yet even if we were the only sinner, Jesus would have come on Christmas, to rescue us (1 Tim. 1:15, Romans 6:10, Heb. 9:11-12).
Age Level: 2-7 years of age
I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.