Sunday, January 18, 2015

The Berenstain Bears and the Biggest Brag by Mike Berenstain



I'm so excited about this review.  I have loved the Berenstain Bears from little up.  We never had the books growing up, but I remember going with Mom to the Hardware store and making my way to the children's book section where I would read Berenstain Bears until it was time to go. So when I got the chance to review one of their books for free, I couldn't resist.  I know some people don't like the Berenstain Bears because Mama Bear seems to run over Papa Bear, but this book had nothing like that in there.

This is a great children's book for ages 4 and up.  I can't put a stop age on it, because I still like them at 32, so....  The story line is Brother and Sister Bear continually bragging and trying to outdo each other.  Gramps comes along and gives them some Biblical advice after he hears them shouting at each other over who can see the best pictures in the clouds.

I especially liked this book because of the Christian message carried with it.  I knew that the authors had become Christians but this is the first book I had read that had such a clear Christian message.  I thought the questions at the end were age-appropriate and good questions for discussion especially the one that talks about you as a person feels when someone else is always bragging and trying to one-up you.  The activities of saying good things about others in the family and encouraging the use of God-given talents was also a good addition to the book.  The illustrations were well done and appropriate to the story line that went with them.  I would definitely recommend this book.  It has a good lesson to teach.  Nobody likes bragging.  And bragging to each other and trying to one up siblings is a good way to cause fights and squabbles.

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