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Starting out, I was enthused and hopeful about this book's message. Deal with the junk in your home! Don't let useless stuff accumulate! Clean! Reuse, donate, maybe make some cash! But then the family decides it's too hard to part with their items, even stuff that is broken, musty, or that could be enjoyed by other cubs. They don't take them time to donate, clean or repair the items; they shove them in the attic and put it off for another day. I was very disappointed about this message, as we try to teach our son that not everything is meant to be kept forever, and most items do not merit sentimental value. There's also a confusing line, which baffles our early-reader: "Many too many to put in the yard" (referring to "many too many things"). Sorry, but this book is not up to par with the many other well-done Berenstain Bears books.
For once a Berenstain Bears book where the moral of the story is that you don't have to do the absolute best thing, just do what makes you happy. It's kind of refreshing change even though the book itself is maybe not the best written. It's very repetitive although I suppose as an early reader book it makes sense to repeat yourself over and over again
Reviewed in the United States on February 22, 2007
If you don't want to know the ending...stop reading now.
I love the Berenstain Bears and the lessons their stories teach, but this one doesn't have a great message. It starts off good with everyone having to realize that they need to get rid of some stuff and clean house. That's the good part. The bad part, they drag it out to their yard for a yard sale. They all whine that they don't want to part with their "junk" and then store it up in the attic for next year's spring cleaning. The message I got...Keep your junk and put off what you can till next time.
This book will go in our next yard sale for sure.
A better Berenstain Bear book on this topic is Too Much Stuff.
It is time for spring cleaning in the Bear tree house, and Mama Bear plans a yard sale. But the Bears soon discover that those old, worn things are each beloved by someone, so they pack them away for another day.
In real life, it is not really feasible to perpetually keep everything you own, but the tale is amusing for beginning readers, and the Bears' solution to the problem would work for a while. Early readers, ages 5-7.