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The Berenstain Bears Count Their Blessings (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (Berenstain Bears First Time Chapter Books) School & Library Binding – Illustrated, October 24, 1995
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* During World War II, Stan was a medical assistant in the Army, and Jan worked in an airplane factory. When the war was over, they got married and began to work together as artists and writers, primarily drawing cartoons for popular magazines.
* After having their two sons Leo and Michael, the Berenstains decided to write some funny children's books that their children and other children could read and enjoy.
* Their first published children's book was called The Big Honey Hunt . It was about a family of bears, who later became known as the "Berenstain Bears".
* Over 50 children's books later, Stan and Jan still plan all of their books together -- both write the stories, and both write the pictures. They live outside of Philadelphia in the country.
- Publisher : Turtleback Books; Bound for Schools & Libraries ed. edition (October 24, 1995)
- Language : English
- School & Library Binding : 32 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0613065158
- ISBN-13 : 978-0613065153
- Reading age : 4 - 7 years
- Lexile measure : AD560L
- Grade level : 1 - 2
- Item Weight : 8.3 ounces
- Dimensions : 7.96 x 0.39 x 8.2 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,302,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I'm sorry to say this title is not up to par with the best of the Berenstain Bears series (I've listed several of our favorites below).
The story follows both young bears' habit of visiting friends and returning home with a laundry list of "I wants" that drives Mama Bear crazy. However, the book strangely ends with Mama and Papa Bear talking about spoiling their kids with more toys so the parents can "count their blessings."
A powerful rainstorm and subsequent power outage are used to illustrate the blessings of home and family. That's a good start but the book leaves out much. The story doesn't mention anyone less fortunate than the Berenstain Bears family, which leaves a hole in the moral of the story. I had hoped to use the book to launch a discussion with my young sons about counting your blessings, especially during the holidays, as well as to share some of our good fortune with others. Sadly, the book didn't provide much of a springboard.
That said, our sons, ages 6 and 4, enjoy many of the Berenstain Bears books (we own more than 10 titles now) and find it easy to relate to the young bears in the series. I like to mix these stories into our rotation of bedtime books to reinforce good manners and behaviors.
While I recommend the Berenstain books listed below, we've run into a new problem: the characters don't evolve. My sons are asking why brother and sister bear didn't learn from the last book. The good news is that my sons remember the lessons; the bad news is that the Berenstain bears don't.
I also recommend these Berenstain books:
The Berenstain Bears and the Trouble with Chores
The Berenstain Bears Help Around the House
The Berenstain Bears Forget Their Manners
The Berenstain Bears Learn About Strangers
The Berenstain Bears Get in a Fight
The Berenstain Bears and Too Much TV