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Reviewed in the United States on March 19, 2021
I love most Berenstain Bears books. I wasn’t too happy with this one. A couple of things to point out. If you’re getting it because you know these books aren’t shy to discuss Christian views, you may be disappointed that there is only one page that actually discusses St. Patrick and it’s not done well. No mention of the shamrock representing the trinity of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Besides that, the vocabulary is insane! Why so many tough words for a children’s story? Why? I’m all for learning new words, but how about stick to maybe 2 or 3 good interesting challenging words? Instead of multiple words on every page to the point of losing track of the story to explain each word. I’m a teacher. I know the value of interesting new words in books, it just wasn’t done well at all. You want interesting words presented in an age appropriate way? Get some Fancy Nancy books. They’re awesome. Back to this book, story was discombobulated, difficult words did not contribute to the story, and using “we’re Bearish” instead of Irish and “Bearland” instead of Ireland sounds cute maybe to an adult, but it’s confusing to a child who is just learning about St. Patrick’s Day. They don’t make that connection. Unless they’re already accustomed to the words Irish and Ireland. Then they may get that cute play on words. All was lost on my five year old. We read it once and we are done. It’s going in the donation pile.