The Berenstain Bears God Made You Special is a book that addresses differences in others. These differences in others covered could be those that are mental or physical. Children will learn that God makes us all different in a number of ways and they shouldn’t be scared or confused about it and that it’s never a problem to ask questions pertaining to it.
The Bible verse the book begins with is Matthew 19:14 “Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these”. The cubs meet a new friend named Tommy. He is different than them and they were told he was developmentally delayed. They never say in what way. But I feel that was a good choice as it covers and endless spectrum of differences whether it be a child with autism, growth delay, down-syndrome, etc.
My daughter understands the message behind this book pretty well as she has had Hypothyroidism since birth. She knows that she is different from her friends because she has to take medication daily to supplement what her body needs and see a specialist regularly. She’s met other kids at the children’s hospital that have greater disabilities but was always sweet and talked with them even though they couldn’t do what she could. She said God loves us all and just because everyone can’t do the same thing doesn’t mean there’s anything bad or wrong about it!
There are 24 pages in this book in this 8×8 sized book. I like the book isn’t overly large and can easily be brought along with us in the car or stored easily on our bookshelf. The illustrations are done in the classic style I’m used to when it comes to Berenstain Bears books. The story is written well for the 4-8 year old age level it’s aimed at.
As a parent, I really like that at the end of the story there’s a Activities & Questions from Brother and Sister Bear page.There’s a Get out and do it section which list activities to do as a family. I would most definitely recommend this book for any home, school, or church setting.
Interested in Purchasing? The Berenstain Bears God Made You Special (Berenstain Bears/Living Lights) is available on Amazon in paperback format ($3.99).
Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own or my immediate family members, based on our personal experience with the product.