From Lisa Tawn Bergren's popular line of God Gave Us... books comes God Gave Us Heaven, the best book on the subject I have seen for young children.
There are a number of good picture books on the topic of heaven Including Beverly Lewis' What Is Heaven Like? and Randy Alcorn's Wait Until Then, but they are targeted toward older children. On the other hand, God Gave Us Heaven is appropriate for older toddlers and preschoolers.
With her lovable polar bear cast of characters, Bergren explains heaven in an easy to understand way. Little Cub begins with a simple question: "What's heav'n?" And Papa explains that heaven is God's home--and the most amazing place we'll ever see. We also learn that we can join God in heaven (and how), when we will see heaven, that heaven is a place of joy, that we won't need our "stuff" in heaven, that we won't be angels, and more.
What I Like: Bergen's text is straight-forward, young-child-friendly, and very sweet. Bryant's illustrations are inviting, with chubby polar bears doing everything from fishing to snuggling in bed.
What I Dislike: Nothing.
Overall Rating: Excellent.
Age Appeal: According to the publisher, 4 - 8, but kids as young as 2 will enjoy this book.
Publishing Info: WaterBrook Press, 2008; ISBN: 1400074460; hardback, $10.99