Children's Christian Fiction

God Gave Us Thankful Hearts by Lisa Tawn Bergren


Available August 23, 2016 from Waterbrook

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Adventurous Lil Pup is bummed that hibernating season will soon be coming to the Great North Woods. Why should so many of his friends have to go in for the winter and leave Lil Pup without pals? Mama reminds her little wolf that not all animals hibernate, and how he can be grateful for the beautiful autumn season – for jumping in leaf piles, eating apple treats, and celebrating the wonders of fall with his forest friends.  And she points out…

“I think the trick to having a thankful heart is thinking about the things that make us happy, rather than the things that don’t.”

As Mama and Lil Pup explore, she reminds him that God is the giver of all good things. Lil Pup learns that even when something fun comes to an end; his heart can be thankful when he sets his mind on the best things in his life.

My Thoughts

God Gave Us Thankful Hearts is a cuddle up and read aloud story, with a valuable lesson in thankfulness. As children read or listen to the exchange between Little Pup and his mama, they will gradually understand how there is something to be thankful for in every season and circumstance. When Pup sees only the negative, Mama draws his attention to the lessons he’s learned, and God’s presence during his trials. As the story closes, all three members of the wolf family are using the thankful hearts God has given them.

This story is precious! David Hohn’s illustrations pair perfectly with Lisa Tawn Bergren’s writing, capturing the colors of fall, a playful Pup, and the wolf family’s tender bond. Finally, readers young and old will be reminded to look for blessings both great and small. This makes it the perfect choice for anyone looking to inspire an attitude of gratitude in their home or classroom.

I received this book for free as a member of the Blogging For Books reviewer program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”




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