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About Laura J. Bryant
I was born and raised in south Florida. I think I always enjoyed drawing and was fortunate to have a creative Mother and enthusiastic art teachers in school. I attended the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore where I studied painting, printmaking and sculpture.
In 1997, after many years of searching for the ultimate job, I finally set my sites on a career in children's books. Illustrating children's books has given me an endless supply of creative freedom and joy. i am grateful every day for the opportunity to express myself in the world of books.
visit my website at www.LauraBryant.com
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As Mama bear tucks her youngest cub under the quilts, she gently, tenderly, and reassuringly communicates the message loving parents everywhere (bears and non-bears alike) want their little ones to hear: "We wanted you very, very much, and we are so very glad because—God gave us you."
Perfect for bedtime, naptime, storytime or anytime, God Gave Us You provides a valuable opportunity to build children's self-esteem every day and assure each one that he or she truly is a welcomed, precious, and treasured gift from the Lord.
Also available in the God Gave Us series:
God Gave Us Two
God Gave Us Christmas
God Gave Us Heaven
God Gave Us Love
God Gave Us So Much
“What is heaven like?”
With tender words, her Papa describes a wonderful place, free of sadness and tears, where God warmly welcomes his loved ones after their life on earth is over. Little Cub and Papa spend the day wandering their beautiful, invigorating arctic world while she asks all about God’s home: How do we get to heaven? Will we eat there? Will I get to see you in heaven? Papa patiently answers each question, assuring her that…
“Heaven will be full of everything good.”
This gentle story provides satisfying answers for a young child’s most difficult questions about what happens after this life, inviting “little cubs” to find comfort in knowing that God Gave Us Heaven.
God Gave Us You
God Gave Us Two
God Gave Us Christmas
GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS: Featuring 32 pages of fresh, captivating illustrations, this 8" x 8" story book tells the tale of three bears that are in for quite a surprise when they return home and realize that a curious girl has made herself at home in their cottage!
CLASSIC STORIES: This classic tale, retold in English and Spanish, captures a child's interest, page after page, as they take their imagination on a magical journey through timeless stories and adventures.
FEATURES: With English and Spanish text side-by-side, this easy-to-follow Spanish story book is an excellent resource for strengthening reading skills. With its bilingual format, this Spanish story book for children is ideal for helping early readers with foreign language comprehension.
FAMILY STORY TIME: Reading together is a great way to bond with your child while also fostering communication, understanding, and a lifelong love for reading.
BUILD A LIBRARY: Collect every title from the Keepsake Stories collection to create the perfect library that will enchant readers time and time again!
Now that Mama polar bear has another baby in her tummy, Little Cub is bursting with curiosity. “Why do we need a new baby?” she asks. “If we don’t like the new baby, can we send it back?”
“Will you forget me when the new baby comes?”
Gently and lovingly, Mama and Papa assure their firstborn that the new baby is a gift from God they want very much, just as Little Cub was–and still is. “God gave us you. Now he’s given us two!”
In answering her questions, Grampa Bear gives tender explanations that teach Little Cub about the different kinds of love that is shared between families, friends, and mamas and papas. Grampa explains that all these kinds of love come from God and that it is important to love others because…
“Any time we show love, Little Cub, we’re sharing a bit of his love.”
This sweet tale will warm the hearts of young children as they learn about all the different sorts of love, while the gentle explanations of each provide a valuable opportunity to encourage children to share with others a “God-sized love.”
The author and illustrator of Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, Are You Waking Up? have donated this book to the Worldreader program
Little Cub’s trip to a special museum exhibit, “Bears Around the World,” sparks a flurry of questions from the young polar bear who is just beginning to learn about life beyond her North Pole home. As Mama Bear shares with her about the different types of places that God has put the various types of bears, with their different kinds of fur and food, Little Cub begins to wonder: Why didn’t God make us all the same?
With Mama’s loving guidance, Little Cub is taught to see the vastness of God’s wonderful creation; His abilities as an amazing, inventive Creator; His desire for us to care for our world, and especially the important lesson that…
“Every bear has a special place in God’s great, big world.”
One day, while chasing a butterfly, Little Fox strayed farther and farther from her home. " Come back, Little Fox, " called her mother, "or you may get lost." But Little Fox was tired of playing near the mouth of her den. "Some day," she said, "I’m going to travel to the end of the world." "Oh," said her mother. "Is the end of the world very far?" As Little Fox’s imagination soars, she tells her mother how she will outsmart bears, tigers, elephants, monkeys, and even crocodiles. But finally, she’ll sail home, because "I shall miss you." The text, originally published in 1991, assumes new life with fresh illustrations by Laura J. Bryant.
“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.”
As Little Cub celebrates Easter with Papa, Mama, and her brother and sister, she begins to ask her papa questions about this very special day of the year. Papa lovingly explains God’s plans for his children, while taking Little Cub on a memorable walk through her stunning Arctic world, and he shares how Easter came about in clear, simple terms that even the littlest cubs can understand.