As fans of the PBS television series The Berenstain Bears, our family was excited to see the Berenstain Bear books are now in the Bookboard library. We had no idea this lovable, comical family of bears celebrated their 50th anniversary last year!
Recently, the good people at Bookboard said “yes!” to the idea of an occasional book review from a kid’s perspective. My five-year old, Hope, is excited to share her first review of three Berenstain bear books. Here is her “happy stars” book rating system:
4 stars = Really good
3 stars = A little boring
2 stars = Not so great
1 star = Mommy said there is no such thing on Bookboard
The Berenstain Bears are awesome! I watch the television show too. The Bears are cool because they’re half-bear, half-human. You see bears eating honey, but they also do things like play baseball. The parents are my favorite characters. Papa Bear makes me laugh. He and Mama Bear teach good lessons.
Review #1: The Berenstain Bears Shoot the Rapids – 5 stars!
This is the book where the kids are trying to get Bear Scout badges going down the river in a canoe. Papa Bear says he is the expert in canoes but — trust me — he’s not! The kids are like “Papa, don’t go down the river that way!” and he’s like “Aaaaahhhhh!” It’s really funny. But when he went over the waterfall and landed on the rocks, I thought, “He could break his neck!” I learned new words, like “dugout” means canoe.
Review #2: The Berenstain Bears and the Eager Beavers – 4 stars!
I like this book. It teaches you a lesson about making sure you have fun sometimes before you work or do homework. That’s what the Beaver family learned when they moved in next door. But Papa Bear learned you sometimes have to do work hard like beavers. Do your chores first and play later. That’s a good lesson, too.
Review #3: The Berenstain Bears and The Neighborly Skunk – 5 stars!
This is me smelling the skunk spray from the book! This book gets 5 stars because it was ‘stinktastic’! Get it? It’s about a skunk that is the new neighbor to the Bears. He is stinky and fantastic. That equals stinktastic. I like when the skunk sprays the bullies! Oh, and the kid bears learn not to judge people by their covers. Don’t judge skunks, either, because smelly skunks are awesome sometimes.
Did you know?
- There are 365 Berenstain Bear books to date, with over 300 million sold
- The first Berenstain bear appeared in “The Big Honey Hunt” published by Random House Beginner Book Series editor Ted Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss
- The series is the creative vision of Stan and Jan Berenstain, a husband and wife author/illustrator team. Jan once said of the series, “I think the stories help children understand their parents and parents understand their kids.”
- Son Michael Berenstain began co-writing in 1992 and continues his parents’ legacy as an author/illustrator today.