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Number of Pages: 40
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 8.75 X 6.38 (inches)
Series: Berenstain Bears
Living Lights: The Berenstain Bears Discover God's CreationStan Berenstain, Jan Berenstain, Mike BerenstainZonderKidz / 2010 / Hardcover$3.49 Retail:4 Stars Out Of 5 1 Reviews
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Living Lights: The Berenstain Bears Faithful FriendsJan Berenstain, Michael BerenstainZonderKidz / 2009 / Trade Paperback$3.49 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 9 Reviews
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Living Lights: The Berenstain Bears Play a Good GameJan Berenstain, Michael BerenstainZonderKidz / 2009 / Trade Paperback$2.49 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 3 Reviews
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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 his studio in Pennsylvania, in an area that looks much like the sunny dirt road deep in Bear Country.
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
Christine M. Irvin3 Stars Out Of 5A book about using our talents and having faithNovember 1, 2010Christine M. IrvinQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3In 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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