Books for Bitties: God Gave Us Easter
“God loved us so much he wanted us to always be with him too. That’s why God knew he’d need to give us Easter.”
The fluffy little polar bear and her family are back to explain another aspect of God’s love using object lessons and pictures from her natural forest surroundings. Fans of God Gave Us Easter will likely enjoy this book as well, as it follows a very similar pattern, and even indirectly refers back to it when explaining that the Easter Bunny is like Santa, who “reminds us of gifts and happy surprises in the morning.”
As with the Christmas book, my biggest concern with this one is that the analogies used may be a bit complex for young children. Although talking about eggs makes sense in an Easter story, some of the other comparisons baffled me a bit — Noah’s Ark was brought up, but seemed strangely tangential. The Root of Jesse would have been perfectly suited for a Christmas story, but for Easter, wouldn’t it have made more sense to talk about the wood/tree used to make the cross? In fact, through this whole book, the cross isn’t mentioned at all!
Also, the end of the book took another tangent in which Papa talks about how he talks to Jesus and how Jesus “whispers in my heart” to tell him things and encourages Little Cub to listen for God’s whisper voice, yet never brings up how God speaks to us clearly about His love in the Bible.
Overall: Warm, cute, but misses the mark.