The Berenstain Bears: Hope’s “Happy Stars” Book Review

by On June 3, 2013 in Childrens Books, General, Reading

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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:

vector-graphics-star-smiley-face5 stars = ???????? I loved it!

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


Hope says:

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.


100_4666Review #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.



100_4685Review #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.



Diana is a sociologist, freelance writer and mom, though rarely in that order. Her writing spans topics from parenting joys and challenges to prevention education. She writes a monthly parenting blog for Yahoo and has published feature articles on adoption, family rituals and the childcare industry for parenting publications. Diana earned her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California at Santa Cruz. These days find her hanging with her husband and book-loving six year old in the San Francisco Bay Area, while happily blogging and serving as a reading advocate for Bookboard.


  1. Tina

    June 3, 2013 at 11:16 am

    great job with the review Hope! The Berenstain Bears are classic reads. Loved them as a child too. Bravo!

  2. Melanie

    June 3, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    Our little girl loves these books too, and I loved them as a kid! We’ll look out for these titles. Thanks!

  3. Tamara

    June 3, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    Great review of some classics. User reviews are one way I choose books–and that kind of information is just as important for early readers. And the phrase “stinktastic” has to be added to the dictionary–I am using it already!

  4. A (soon-to-be!) 4th Grade Boy

    June 3, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    I really liked your review because I also liked the
    Berenstein Bears when I was in kindergarten.

  5. Bonnie

    June 3, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    whooo hooo GREAT job with the review!! Review #3 picture is PRICELESS!!! Looking forward to more!!!

  6. Slboys

    June 3, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    You are awesome at reviewing,please do more reviews!

  7. judith kayser

    June 4, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    Love having kids do book reviews….they are honest and fun! Way to go ‘cuz!

  8. Carisa Kluver

    June 4, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    Wonderful reviews Hope! I look forward to reading more. 🙂

  9. Diana

    June 4, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    Hope asked me to pass on a message: “Thank you everybody, especially other kids, that’s cool! I can’t wait to do more book reviews! The next book I want to review is one of my favorites on Bookboard — you’ll find out soon!”

  10. Oren

    June 13, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    Love it! You’re giving Hope a great gift with a love of reading. I hope she continues with her book reviews.

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