My daughter was a toddler when we first started reading the “God Gave Us” series by Lisa Tawn Bergren and art by Laura J Bryant. From the very beginning, she fell in love with the series as a child and as a parent I loved the tenderness the books encompassed, all while explaining some of the “Why’s” a child might asked about certain events. I saw this book, and even though my daughter is not a toddler anymore, but a 3rd grader (WOW!), I thought God Gave Us Sleep would be a very interesting read for us, especially since she still loves the series. She was very excited and eagerly waiting for us to read the book for bedtime.
In the typical “God Gave Us” fashion, the story starts out with Mama talking to Little Cub. Little Cub is having so much fun, but Mama tells Little Cub that she needs to go to sleep. As any child would be, Little Cub is disappointed and asks her Mama several questions trying to prolong bedtime. Mama explains to Little Cub why she needs to go to sleep. Little Cub is so excited to play the next morning that she doesn’t get any sleep.
The next day, Little Cub is cranky due to her lack of sleep and isn’t tolerating anybody. At night time, Mama and Papa and Little Cub all pray that she will have a good night’s sleep so she can be prepared to have a big day of playing. Little Cub, now realizing the importance of a good sleep, falls gently into a wonderful sleep filled with dreams of good things. The next morning she wakes up and is more refreshed and ready to play and tolerant of others’ behaviors.
My daughter absolutely loved the story (and was ready to go to bed herself after reading it). I asked her about her favorite part of the story and what she thought the point of the story was. She responded that it was that “we need to get sleep so we don’t have rough days and God made sleep so we can have rest and more energy to play”. This book, and series in general, I would highly recommend to any parents with young kids. It answers some questions that might be difficult to come up with an answer for yourself and is just an overall, very tender story.
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WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group provided this book to me for free in exchange for this honest review as part of their Blogging for Books program.