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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
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.
What a terrible message! Starts out with great potential to teach a lesson about getting rid of excess stuff, but the book ends with the bears not being able to part with their stuff due to feeling overly sentimental about it. Broken stuff! The book should be called "Berenstain Bears Learn to Hoard"
Poor message for kids. The bears acknowledge that they own a lot of things that are broken, stained, or are just plain old going unused. Rather than throw away, sell, or donate those items they cram them into the attic, which they acknowledge is already too full of junk. They claim to love those items, but are just stashing them away to root further and be unappreciated. I felt like I was reading a preschool version of hoarders to my son. Let it go, bears!