Thursday, July 28, 2016

The Berenstain Bears

I like reading to my children, and I like good deals. Even though my wife takes the kids to the library about once a week, I still like to get new books for the kids’ bookshelf, so I’m always looking for a good deal, and one of the greatest deals I have found are “# books in 1” volumes.

I recently snagged a review copy of The Berenstain Bears' Caring and Sharing Treasury, which is made up of five separate books:

Jobs Around Town
Get Involved
Love Their Neighbors
The Biggest Brag
Gossip Gang

I love the Berenstain Bears. They were a staple of my childhood reading, and I’m glad they continue to be published so I can share them with the kids. They’ve taken on more religious overtones than when I was young, but they’re always appropriate to the story—it doesn’t feel tacky like a Philippians 4:13 coffee mug.

Jobs Around Town explores the different jobs the bear cubs might have when they grow up, and it portrays all kinds of jobs as having dignity and value.

Get Involved shows the cubs involved in a church scouting organization that helps out in the community during a flood.

Love Their Neighbors was my favorite. It’s a retelling of the Good Samaritan story that teaches how you treat people is more important than your social standing.

The Biggest Brag involves an argument between Brother and Sister and their grandfather teaching them how silly they are.

Gossip Gang teaches that gossip is a mean way for people to feel better about themselves to the harm of others.

I’d recommend this book to anyone with young kids. It teaches children about character and reinforces Bible teaching they should be learning at church and in the home. Having 5 books in 1 makes it a great deal.

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