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Reviewed in the United States on November 5, 2012
A less than dazzling entry into the Berenstain Bears franchise. Still, this book will be easy to recommend around Mother's Day, or during any election year. Simple, repetitive language and an easy to follow plot make this a comforting choice for very beginning readers to build confidence. Mama Bear is frustrated by the potholes on the road, and conceives of a plan to run for mayor. After an exciting campaign, where she gets carried away and begins to promise anything and everything, including "honey in every pot" and "salmon in every stream," Mama wins the race! A somewhat cynical ending shows Mama (like many politicians) overwhelmed and unable to make good on her campaign promises. I'd rate this one even a little lower, if it weren't for it's inexplicable kid appeal. I haven't met a kid yet who doesn't love Berenstain Bears!