God Gave Us Thankful Hearts by Lisa Tawn Bergren with art by David Hohn
Little Pup is bummed out. . .Hibernating season is coming soon in the Great North Woods and he isn't looking forward to it. As someone who has lived all her life in the Midwest and whose least favorite season is winter, I can relate to Little Pup. However, Little Pup's Mama reminds Little Pup to be grateful for the autumn season and for all the other good things in his life. . .She even helps him turn the negative things he mentions into something to be grateful for. "The trick to having a thankful heart is thinking about the things that make us happy, rather than the things that don't," Mama says in God Gave Us Thankful Hearts.
God Gave Us Thankful Hearts is part of the God Gave us series by Lisa Tawn Bergren: God Gave us You, God Gave us Christmas, God Gave Us Love, God Gave Us Easter, and God Gave Us Sleep. My family has enjoyed other books in the series. . .and we especially like this one. Honestly, it is a simple, but good message that the whole family can relate to. The illustrations by David Hohn are a beautiful rendition of the storyline. I am thinking it would be a nice tradition to read Bergren's book during Thanksgiving week every year. This book is specifically recommended for ages 3 to 8, but since it is a nice book to read in a family setting, I would recommend it to anyone for that purpose besides children in the appropriate age group.
I received this book from Waterbrook publishers at Blogging for Books for this review.
Lisa T. Bergren is the author of over forty books, with nearly two million copies sold. Her work includes children’s books, historical and contemporary fiction, women’s nonfiction, and gift books. A freelance writer and editor, Lisa lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She and her husband, Tim, are the parents of three children.
DAVID HOHN is an award-winning illustrator whose art has graced many popular children's books, including God Gave Us Christmas. He graduated with honors from the Maryland Institute College of Art and is finishing an MFA in Illustration program from the University of Hartford. David lives in Portland, Oregon with his family.