Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Review: The Berenstain Bears and a Job Well Done

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!

Today's Wild Card authors are:

and the book:

Zonderkidz (April 9, 2010)
***Special thanks to Krista Ocier of Zondervan for sending me a review copy.***


Stan and Jan Berenstain introduced the first Berenstain Bear books in 1962. Mike Berenstain grew up watching his parents work together to write about and draw these lovable bears. Eventually he started drawing and writing about them too. Mike is married to Andrea, and they have three children. They live in Pennsylvania, in an area that looks a lot like Bear Country.

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Product Details:

List Price: $3.99
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: Zonderkidz (April 9, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0310712548
ISBN-13: 978-0310712541


What Mom Liked:  Another great Berenstain Bears book!  This one was perhaps a little easier to read than other Berenstain books I've recently read, which simply means we read through it more times!  A very practical story about staying on task until the job is done - I think the message could even apply to me!

Esmé was particularly attracted to the spiders in the illustrations; one in particular was "a friendly spider."  So I appreciated that the spiders were not destroyed, simply relocated from the playhouse to the shed.  Otherwise this could have been a very traumatic story for her!

What Mom Didn't Like:  There were no Bible stories integrated into this book, just verses.  And as much as we loved this book, I found it hard to tie the Bible verses used to the main story.  It seemed a slightly clumsy connection to me.  Personally, I would have just left the verses out and let the story stand on its own.

Regardless, I'm still thrilled to have this book in our library and highly recommend it.


Marina said...

I have every Berenstain Bear book published when I was young, and now my three year old enjoys them just as much as I did. Great book review!

richies said...

My daughter, who is now 31, loved the Berenstain Bears. I liked the fact that each book had a purpose to the story.

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