God Gave Us Easter
Lisa Tawn Bergren
Art by Laura J. Bryant
Waterbrook Press, 2012
From the back of the book: “God loved us so much he wanted us to always be with him. 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.”
I’m new to the “God Gave Us” series of books but, apparently, there’s a whole line of them. And contrary to the ginormous amount of Christmas books at the library, there were very few Easter books. I wanted to cover both sides of Easter, the religious and the secular sides, and there were even fewer faith-based books (actually only 4 that I found so, of course, I checked them all out!).
This is a nice book that gently explains why there is an Easter to celebrate and even incorporates the traditional egg and candy into the story. It also talks very briefly about dying and how in dying we can live forever with God. I very much liked the part about how we can learn to listen for God’s whispers. The text is medium-to-large so older kittens can read it to the younger ones but perhaps is best read by adults in case of any questions the kittens may have.
Rating 3 out of 5 paws, a sweet book, but a little preachy to my liking.