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Christine M. Irvin5 Stars Out Of 5February 2, 2009Christine M. IrvinThe Berenstain Bears and the Truth is a good example of the authors tackling a moral issue. In this case, the issue is being truthful. In the book, Brother and Sister Bear are playing with the soccer ball in the living room (which theyre not supposed to do) when a wayward kick knocks Mamas favorite lamp to the floor, breaking it into several pieces. When Mama finds her lamp in pieces on the floor, the children make up a wild tale about a huge, colorful bird that flew in through the window and knocked the lamp over. The more they tell the tale, the more they embellish the birds size and colors, getting confused about whether it was yellow with purple wings or purple with yellow wings.Mama, of course, knows the children are not telling the truth and it makes her sad. When the children say theyre sorry the lamp got broken (without admitting they did it), Mama says:"Im not worried about the lamp. We can always get another lamp, or we can glue this one back together. What Im sad about is the thought that maybe, just maybe, my cubs, whom Ive always trusted, arent telling me the truth. And trust is not something you can put back together again.Brother and Sister then admit to breaking Mamas lamp. What I Like: Everything. This is the type of story any child can relate to. The language is easy to understand and the message is clear: Learning to tell the truth, even when you know you are going to get into trouble, is the right thing to do.Also, this book has been around since 1983. More than one generation of children has learned the importance of telling the truth by reading this story.Christian Children's Book Review
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