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Number of Pages: 12
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8 X 8 (inches)
Availability: In Stock
Series: Berenstain Bears
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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 the family home and studio in Pennsylvania, in an area that looks much like the sunny dirt road deep in Bear Country.
As with all the books that have come from this series since 1962, the artwork is colorful, yet simplistic enough for children to relate to and enjoy. The first page presents Luke 2:7, "She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them." This is a Christmas story, but it is also a story of a family that enjoys doing projects together and showing love for the Lord and for each other. Dr. Dennis E. Hensley, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
Kristina5 Stars Out Of 5A simple book for young childrenNovember 9, 2011KristinaQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5his is a simple little book showing the Bear family decorating for the holiday. In a box, they find baby Jesus in the manager - but they have to search throughout the house to find other elements of the nativity scene, each found under a lift-the-flap. For example, the "three wise bears" are behind the mantle clock, an angel is behind a vase of flowers, and the sheep are inside a cupboard door.
The book ends:
"Now the Bear family sets up their manager scene.
'Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace!' says the whole Bear family."
What I Like: I really like the simplicity of this book; it does a good job of introducing or re-familiarizing young children with the basic elements of the Christmas story. And naturally, my 3 year old loved the lift-the-flaps. I'm also sure he'll be much more excited about our own nativity scene this year, due to this book.
What I Dislike: All lift-the-flap books are fragile, but this one has thinner flaps and pages than some others. Still, they seem strong - and so far my son hasn't ripped any of the flaps.
Overall Rating: Excellent
Kristina Seleshanko, Christian Children's Book Review