Living Lights: The Berenstain Bears Do Their Best   -     By: Stan Berenstain, Jan Berenstain, Mike Berenstain
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Living Lights: The Berenstain Bears Do Their Best

ZonderKidz / 2010 / Hardcover

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A rhyming Berenstain Bear book that tells about Papa helping Brother and Sister make a kite. Papa and the Bear cubs enter a kite flying contest with a homemade kite. They work hard and do their best, but with all the negative comments they hear from others, will their kite actually fly let alone win the contest?

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 40
Vendor: ZonderKidz
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 8.75 X 6.38 (inches)
ISBN: 0310719372
ISBN-13: 9780310719373
Availability: In Stock
Ages: 4-7
Series: Berenstain Bears

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Publisher's Description

I’ll make a kite. Just wait and see, with the special talents that God gave me! Papa and the Bear cubs enter a kite flying contest with a homemade kite. They work hard and do their best, but with all the negative comments they hear from others, will their kite actually fly let alone win the contest?

Author Bio

Stan and Jan Berenstain introduced the first Berenstain Bear books in 1962. Mike Berenstain grew up watching his parents work together to write about and draw these lovable bears. Eventually he started drawing and writing about them too.  Though Stan died in 2005, and Jan in 2012, Mike continues to create the delightful Bear adventures from their studio in Pennsylvania, in an area that looks much like the sunny dirt road deep in Bear Country.

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The Berenstain Bears Do Their Best by Jan Berenstain and son Mike is a lesson in determination and trust. When a kite flying contest is announced, Papa Bear builds a bright red, traditional kite for Sister and Brother Bear to enter into the event. However, the other contestants laugh at them. The competitors have delicately designed kites made in the shapes of animals, with many bright colors, and numerous fancy streamers. But Papa Bear says that having faith in something tried and true is better than yielding to passing whims. Trusting in God is something that can be depended on, for example. As the contest begins, the wind picks up. Many of the flimsy kites are snapped and broken as the gusts get stronger. But the sturdy red traditional kite built by Papa Bear holds firm, and he and the children win the trophy. Upon arriving home and showing their loving cup to Mama Bear, she, too, reaffirms that faith in God and in those things of life which have firmness and completeness are what the children can depend on.

The book is written in rhymed couplets that young children ages 4-7 will be able to memorize and later read easily. The drawings are brightly colored, and the book begins by quoting Proverbs 16:3, "Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and our plan will succeed." This is a good Bible lesson that is also entertaining. -- Dr. Dennis E. Hensley, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

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    A book about using our talents and having faith
    November 1, 2010
    Christine M. Irvin
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    In The Berenstain Bears Do Their Best, written by Stan & Jan Berenstain, and illustrated by Mike Berenstain, Brother and Sister Bear want to enter the local kite flying contest. Problem is, they don't have a kite. Papa Bear tells them not to worry, he'll make them one using the special talents God gave him.

    Papa Bear then proceeds to construct a kite for the cubs with some paper and sticks, using glue to hold it together. He paints the kite red and adds a tail to make it fly. Then the trio head off for the contest.

    When they get there, they see that theirs is the only homemade kite. All the others are fancy, store-bought ones. Everyone makes fun of the Bear's kite, saying it will never fly. But, Papa has faith that it will, and it does. Not only does it fly, but when the winds blow hard and strong, all the other kites fall apart; the one Papa made holds together and wins the contest.

    This Bible verse is given as a reference for the story: "Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plan will succeed." [Proverbs 16:3]

    The text is written in rhyme, which is a departure from the usual Berenstain Bear book. The illustrations are typical of other books in the series, though, with bright, cartoon-like pictures throughout.

    What I Like: This is a good story about using our talents, committing what we do to the Lord, and having faith we will prevail.

    What I Dislike: Although I am a Berenstain Bear fan (as many of you know), this book doesn't stand out as one of the best ones in the series as the storyline is weak. If the Bear cubs wanted to enter a kite-flying contest, they should have planned ahead to do so. I don't think they should have waited until the day of the contest to have Papa make a kite for them. Also, Papa did all the work. He didn't have the cubs help him at all even though they were the ones that were supposed to be entering the contest.

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