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So bad I had to write a review...
Reviewed in the United States on January 9, 2021
Yes, I’m actually reviewing a Berenstain Bears book on Amazon because it’s THAT bad. When it arrived, I thought we had received a bootleg copy because the pictures are not finished like other books. The illustrations are sketches.
The entire story is awful— mama bear does all of the work and gets tired. (Whhhhy is papa bear portrayed as a lazy man-child?) Anyway, instead of working out the problem— and showing my family how to work together to distribute the housework more evenly, which is why we bought the book— Papa bear convinces Mama to stop doing chores, too. When mama stops doing chores (but not all chores-? she still cooks and cleans up and is okay with that-?) the house gets messier. So messy that a bug goes after sister in the tub and baby Honey eats a bug. HA! Yes, you read that right. The cubs and Papa wind up cleaning one day while mama was out of the house. It was random and no future plan or moral was explained. The ending was mama came home and noticed the house was cleaner. Haha, I can’t even.
Another oddity in the book that didn’t sit well with me— their dog poops inside the house and it’s sister’s chore to clean it up. So when she doesn’t do her chores, the dog poop stays on the floor. I know they are bears, but why are they letting their dog poop on the floor??! This. Is. Not. Normal.
I included pictures, but take it from me, buy a different Berenstain Bear book. We’re returning this weird one.