The Berenstain Bears and the Big Question   -     By: Stan Berenstain, Jan Berenstain
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The Berenstain Bears and the Big Question

Random House, Inc / 1999 / Paperback

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"Mama, what's God" asks Sister Bear. Sister Bear has a big question and she's looking for answers! In this delightful new story, Mama and Papa Bear each find their own special way of explaining the concept of God. A warm and fuzzy way to introduce young children to the topic of religion. Recommended for ages 4 to 8.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 24
Vendor: Random House, Inc
Publication Date: 1999
Dimensions: 8 X 8 (inches)
ISBN: 0679889612
ISBN-13: 9780679889618
Availability: In Stock
Ages: 4-7
Series: Berenstain Bears

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When Sister Bear asks her mother about God, Papa and Mama find their own special, tender ways to explain the answer to this big question. Colorful illustrations of these favorite, whimsical bears make teaching about God a little easier.

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  1. Larita Porter
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    August 28, 2010
    Larita Porter
    Cute book, but I don't think it ever got around to really explaining who God is. It didn't answer the cub's question of who God is.
  2. Sandra Blythe
    1 Stars Out Of 5
    November 11, 2009
    Sandra Blythe
    This book was a disappointment as it did not once speak of Christ. The story theme was intriquing, but the ending was painfully lacking. For, you see, there was no answer given to "The Big Question".
  3. Sharon Seyler
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    June 17, 2009
    Sharon Seyler
    Give this book to anyone who question anything and let them know that they are not the only one who have questions about God and the creation
  4. Malissa Feragne
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    April 24, 2009
    Malissa Feragne
    I was surprised by this story because I expected them to try to answer "What's God?" and, in a way, they do, but not what I expected. It is actually a book the reinforces the idea that sometimes in life there are more questions than answers and there might be more than one answer to a given question. My son enjoyed it and it can spur some good conversation.
  5. Christine M. Irvin
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    January 26, 2009
    Christine M. Irvin
    Mama and Papa Bear attempt to answer the big question. When Sister Bear asks, Whats God? Papa Bear launches into a long, boring lecture about the universe; Mama tries to answer the question by showing Sister that God made everything, like clouds and trees and worms. But, when Sister continues to ask, What about earthquakes, floods, fires, and tornadoes? Mama is at a loss on how to respond. So, she takes her family to the chapel in the woods where they attend a Sunday morning service (although, according to the storyline, they are not accustomed to doing so). The minister, instead of delivering a sermon that particular morning, allows members of the congregation to speak. Farmer Ben says, I feel thankful to God for giving us such a beautiful land in which to live. Grizzly Gran then says, I feel thankful to God for two wonderful cubs. Mama Bear takes a turn by saying, . . . Im glad we came this morning. It helps me think things through. The story ends after the service, on the walk home, when Sister Bear asks, Did God make questions? Papa answers by saying, Yes, sister, mostly questions.This is not the usual type of Berenstain Bear book. They tend to stick to subjects that deal with family and personal values, like being honest, taking turns, and saying youre sorry. So, I was glad to see them write a book with a Christian perspective.But, having said that, I must also say I was disappointed with the way they tackled the subject. No one in the book really answers the question, Whats God? When Mama is at a loss to explain things to Sister, she takes her to church, but she doesnt even ask the minister for help. Then, at the end of the story, where Papa says God made mostly questions, the implication is, of course, that we have plenty of questions about things but no answers. There is no mention of any Biblical reference for answers to any of Sisters questions.Christian Children's Book Review
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