Everyone has questions about angels, especially children. In the picture book God Gave Us Angels by Lisa Tawn Bergren, illustrated by Laura J. Bryant and published by Waterbrook Press (2014), Little Cub has lots of questions for Papa Bear and Mama.

One of them is “What do angels do?” Papa Bear replies that God made angels in the beginning to worship and help God. Some are messengers, even wearing swords, while others protect us. With a sparkle of humor Papa Bear adds God also made parents to protect children.

Mama tells Little Cub angels are invisible, but Little Cub keeps hoping he will see an angel soon. Laura J. Bryant’s colorful and engaging art work playfully enhances the text by sometimes showing a large bear with wings in the background, but this is never mentioned in words.

Little Cub’s questions are like stepping stones that guide the reader through woodlands filled with geese, bunnies, penguins and other creatures. Each question is asked in a child-like way, so the conversation doesn’t seem like a scientific investigation crowded with facts. Some of the questions are unusual. When asked why angels have halos and can we pray to angels, Papa Bear explains that some artists made angels with halos so they would look as if they were glowing and that the Bible doesn’t say angels have halos. He tells Little Cub that we are to pray to God for we can always trust Him and He loves us very much.

Children will be charmed by Little Cub who seems to ask just the question that they may be thinking of, especially when he wonders if he will be an angel when he goes to heaven. Mama Bear says the Bible doesn’t tell us that, but Little Cub still dreams of a little bear with wings.

God Gave Us Angels would be delightful to read at Christmas time or any other time of the year. I give it high marks for the variety of questions asked and the honesty of its answers taken directly from the Bible.

God Gave Us Angels is one of a series of God Gave Us … books. You may be familiar with God Gave Us You.

Carol Green, a graduate of Northwestern, is the mother of three adult children. Her five grandchildren affectionately call her “Grams cracker.” She is the published author of many poems for both adults and children; three coloring books: God Gave Me Five, ABC Fun Book, and Color God’s World Bright; and the picture book: My Mom Loves Me.