Yes, I know. Again. The Berenstain Bears, much like Arthur from yesterday, are part of a series. Not an actual book. I know. But could I really pass up the letter "B" without mentioning the genius that is The Berenstain Bears? I mean both Berenstain and Bears begin with "B" so I think not!
As is the case with Arthur, there is a Berenstain Bears book for nearly every situation under the sun. However, in nearly every book the bears, aptly names Brother and Sister, learn some valuable, often moral, lesson. All neatly wrapped up within the confines of a picture book.
Greedy? There's a book for that - The Berenstain Bears and the Green-Eyed Monster. New addition to the family? Then there's There Berenstain Bears's New Baby. Teaching reducing, reusing, and recycling? Bring on The Berenstain Bears Don't Pollute (Anymore). Then there are the obligatory seasonal stories, The Berenstain Bears and the Prize Pumpkin (a personal favorite) and The Berenstain Bears Meet Santa Bear.
Whatever the issue, topic, or lesson, you can guarantee that Stan and Jan Berenstain (how cute is it that their names rhyme?) have already thought about it and published a book about it. Throw in the fact that, again much like Arthur, there is a vintage cartoon series (thanks again PBS) based on them and you have a winner!
So, do you like the Berenstain Bears? Again, they were one of my favorites growing up and I have continued to share that with my kiddos each and every year. I'll be honest, part of the reason I enjoy them is the fact that I like saying the name Berenstain. It's fun. I spent much of my youth mispronouncing it Bernstein so maybe that's why I get a kick out of saying it, correctly, now. Anywho, what's your favorite Berenstain Bears book? Wow, 3 "Bs" in a row, that's hard to say! How do you incorporate it into the classroom?
Well, tomorrow I promise I will have an actual book rather than a series. Promise. So, head back and find out what "C" will bring!
Thanks for hopping by!