God Gave Us the World

This book was provided to me free by Waterbrook Multanomah.  I do not guarantee a postive review in return- the opinions below are mine alone.

The premise of this book is that it is a mother talking to her polar bear cubs about how there are all sorts of bears all over the world that do different things and eat different things than their own family. It has soft illustrations and is a sweet book for preschool and kindergarten aged readers.  The point behind the book- that God created a diverse world and although we are all different, we have all be created by God creates a very sweet story.

To be honest though, I was a little confused how the white polar bear was depicted as sleeping in a bed, eating food, and being very "modern", while the black bear, brown bear, sloth, and panda bears all sleep outside, are dirty, don't talk, and are- bears.  I found this a little odd, and to be honest, a little offensive. I know that the author didn't mean this at all- but the idea of having a white bear the focal point of the story- being the educated, well dressed bear- while the other bears are dirty, lazy, and living outside.... in a book that talks about diversity... well that could be misconstrued as something very offensive.  I will leave it at that.

I think the author should have used one of the other bears as a focal point in the story.  Other than that- the point was good, the pictures were sweet, and it gives the reader something to talk about with their young child.

Check out the book here.

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