The Berenstain Bears' Harvest Festival
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It's autumn time in Bear County and the Bear family are enjoying themselves on a crisp, fall afternoon. The whole family decides to attend the Harvest Festival, where they go apple and pumpkin picking, go on a fun hayride, and enjoy a big, town feast. Everyone in town enjoys themselves at Farmer Ben's sharing time with family, friends, and praising God for all of his gifts. Includes activities and questions from Brother and Sister Bear in the back.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 24
Vendor: ZonderKidz
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.00 X 8 (inches)
ISBN: 0310748658
ISBN-13: 9780310748656
Ages: 4-8
Series: Berenstain Bears

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Autumn is a beautiful time of year, and the folks of Bear Country are looking forward to everything the season brings. So when the Chapel in the Woods holds its first ever Harvest Festival, people gather at Farmer Ben’s for a wonderful time of family, friends, fun, and praising God for his gifts.

Author Bio

Stan and Jan Berenstain introduced the first Berenstain Bears 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.

Editorial Reviews

Mike Berenstain carries on The Berenstain Bears tradition begun by his parents with The Berenstain Bears Harvest Festival. The story opens with fun illustrations of Brother, Sister and Honey Bear, laughing, shouting and diving into piles of autumn leaves Papa Bear raked from the yard. The story's rich and colorful illustrations feature Brother, Sister and Honey Bear anticipating summers end as geese fly overhead and squirrels and chipmunks gather acorns to store for the winter. On their walk to Farmer Ben's to meet 'Preacher Brown and all their friends from Chapel in the Woods' they see God's bountiful supply of rich blessings from the harvested fields. Mama Bear is quick to remind her family there's more to what they see around them than Mother Nature at work because she, meaning Mother Nature, 'works for someone a bit higher up.' From hayrides to finding perfect pumpkins the story focus is why we need to see and appreciate our blessings and be thankful because all good things come from God. The book ends with questions to discuss and activity suggestions for ages 4-6. Thanksgiving and Christmas bring thoughts of gifts and there is no better gift to enrich and stir a child's imagination than a book, especially for children learning the joys of reading. In addition to the faith-based books 'The Berenstain Bears Harvest Festival is a fun read-to-me story for younger children. Their affordable prices make them an excellent gift choice in our 'financially troubled times.

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  1. apple blossom
    Grand Forks, ND
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Delight Fall message
    October 5, 2015
    apple blossom
    Grand Forks, ND
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Just in time for the fall season a new Berenstain Bear book. You child will delight in this new fall themed book. I love Berenstain Bear books and the Christian truths they teach to children of all ages. This book is no different. The cubs learn to celebrate the blessings of the firstfruits. The messages is wonderful and this book will be going into our church library.

  2. Fitzysmom
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Review from Rambles of a SAHM
    October 2, 2015
    Fitzysmom
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Around here the weather has started to have a crispness to it and the leaves are just beginning to hint at the colors to come. With these changes come the many fall festivals that we love to attend as a family.

    Our family isn't the only one that loves a good harvest festival. The residents of Bear Country are eagerly anticipating the first ever Chapel in the Woods Harvest Festival at Farmer Ben's farm. We meet up with the Berenstain Bear family as Mama and Papa are readying their yard for a winter's rest. Papa mentions the Harvest Festival and the whole family decides to attend.

    Along the way it is mentioned that "mother nature puts on her best clothes and dishes up her finest food." At first this little phrase made me cringe. But in the next pages the following exchange takes place between the Bear family:

    "Would you say mother nature is putting on a good show for us?" said Brother, kicking up a drift of leaves.

    "Well," said Mama, pointing to the heavens, "you know mother nature works for someone a bit higher up."

    "Yes," agreed Papa. "And harvest time is about much more than just enjoying the season. It is a time to give thanks to God for all his blessings--for the food that grows in his good, rich earth and for the wonders of nature that he has created." (pg. 10)

    I appreciated the follow-up that pointed out the true Creator. I'm still not thrilled with the "mother nature" reference but not enough to pass on the book.

    Once the Bear family arrives at Farmer Ben's they participate in apple picking and pumpkin picking and then a hay ride. At the end of the day there is a feast for the entire community where Preacher Brown gives a wonderful prayer about celebrating the Festival of Harvest with the firstfruits of the crops that have been sown.

    This newest Berenstain Bears' book is a good one to add to your family library for fall reading.

    I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
  3. Mama Callie
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Harvest Festival is a Hit at my house!
    July 29, 2015
    Mama Callie
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Book

    The young bears, Brother, Sister, and Honey, are excited about Fall and all of the wonderful things that come with the season. Mama and Papa are excited too.

    As the Bear family makes their way to Farmer and Mrs. Bens farm, they are reminded that even Mother Nature answers to a higher calling, God. And since God creates everything, including the seasons, the young bears realize that this season is also a season of thankfulness.

    My Thoughts

    As with any Berenstain Bears book there is a deeper meaning to the story. And since Mike Berenstain has created the newest books in this incredibly memorable series, I am so pleased to read them to my children.

    The original stories written by his father and mother were always excellent books, but I am so tickled that the Living Lights series makes sure to incorporate God and a beautiful lesson into each book. It makes it so pleasing to have these books on my bookshelf because I know that they are based on great Biblical lessons. All wrapped up neat and tidy in a beautiful and colorful display, this book is sure to add depth and meaning to your childrens life.

    This book, like all the other Berenstain Bears books, is a huge hit with my kids and I am blessed to be able to read wholesome and entertaining stories that I know my kids enjoy.

    This book was given to me for free by BookLook Bloggers for my honest opinion and review.
  4. countrygrl112
    New England
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Love Berenstain Bears...But Not This Book
    July 29, 2015
    countrygrl112
    New England
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    (I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)

    The Berenstain Bears Harvest Festival follows the Bear family as they enjoy a beautiful fall day then go over to Farmer Bens for a harvest festival. This book sees the Bear family enjoying many autumn activities such as apple and pumpkin picking, a hay ride, jumping in leaves, and even a meal with friends. This book also touches some on thanking God for all His blessings.

    What I liked: I, like my daughter, really enjoy the Berenstain Bear books, both the old ones and the new ones. I loved that we were able to read a book with familiar characters. I love how the illustrations are so much like the original series.

    What I didnt like: There really wasnt a plot to this book. The Bear family was just doing fall activities without any real plot or lesson. My daughter could tell that too. She was a bit confused and thought that I didnt read all the book. I also really didnt like the couple references to mother nature. Im not that opposed to that phrase but I find it can be confusing for small children who are trying to learn about God.



    Overall, I would say to skip this book. There are much better books in the Berestain Bears series, both the original and the new Living Lights series.
  5. Anonymous
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A++ we love Harvest time!
    July 24, 2015
    Anonymous
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    When I told my son that he would be getting an advanced copy of this book, he anxiously waited for the mail EVERY day to see if it came. It finally came yesterday and we read it right away!

    I love that the son of Jan and Stan Berenstain-Mike-has continued to write Berenstain Bear stories! I especially love that they are more of a religious nature. This book, Harvest Festival, is part of the Living Lights Faith Story series.

    This book talks about mother nature changing seasons to Fall and getting ready for harvest time. The Bear Family go to the Chapel in the Woods for a fall harvest festival spending time with friends and giving thanks for their blessings.

    I love that there are activities and questions from "Brother and Sister" at the end of the book that parents can discuss and ask their kids.

    We love love love this book!!

    I received this book complementary from booklookbloggers.com in exchange for an honest review on my blog and social media. All opinions are my own.
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