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The Berenstain Bears All Things Bright and Beautiful

by Mike Berenstain
Illustrator: Mike Berenstain
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Genres: Christian Fiction, Juvenile, Juvenile Fiction

The Berenstain Bears All Things Bright and Beautiful by Jan & Mike Berenstain
Berenstain Bear’s Living Lights Series
Genre: Christian Children’s Picture Book with Stickers
Pages: 32 Saddle Stitch
Date Published: February 2012
Publisher: Zonderkidz, a division of Zondervan

It’s springtime in Bear Country and America’s favorite Bear family is back with two new and inspiring Easter stories from the Berenstain Bear’s Living Lights Series, complete with colorful stickers.

In THE BERENSTAIN BEARS ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL (Zonderkidz; $4.99; February 2012), Brother and Sister Bear are delighted when their Sunday school teacher Missus Ursula takes the class on a special nature walk around Bear Country. While the cubs are skeptical about the connection between a hike and church, they quickly learn that God is the creator of all things in the environment – from the succulent strawberries of Farmer Ben’s farm to the lovable ducks paddling away in a nearby stream. All Things Bright and Beautiful captures the  essence of spring, inspiring children with its pastel illustrations of beautiful scenery and a heartfelt message told with the help of the lyrics to a traditional church hymn.

Perfect for Sunday school teachers or an Easter basket surprise, these books are sure to brighten any child’s bookshelf this spring.

Another Living Lights Berenstain Bears book that I just love! I have to say that I love the hymn “All Things Bright and Beautiful” and it is no surprise to me that I would enjoy a Sunday School theme book on just that. Weaving the lyrics of the well loved hymn in and out of the story, these cubs get to take a field trip through creation to really open their eyes and observe. It’s a hands-on, minds-on day. This is a great book for your personal shelf, or even for a class. There are even stickers! Of course with all things stickers, the only problem is that there are never enough, but these are some great ones that have blips of the story to be able to share and come back and comment on it later.

*Thanks to Zondervan for providing a copy for review.*

Refrain

All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful:
The Lord God made them all.

Each little flower that opens,
Each little bird that sings,
He made their glowing colors,
He made their tiny wings.

Refrain

[Most hymnals omit the following verse]

The rich man in his castle,
The poor man at his gate,
He made them, high or lowly,
And ordered their estate.

Refrain

The purple headed mountains,
The river running by,
The sunset and the morning
That brightens up the sky.

Refrain

The cold wind in the winter,
The pleasant summer sun,
The ripe fruits in the garden,
He made them every one.

Refrain

The tall trees in the greenwood,
The meadows where we play,
The rushes by the water,
To gather every day.

Refrain

He gave us eyes to see them,
And lips that we might tell
How great is God Almighty,
Who has made all things well.

Refrain


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. Since the late 80’s, he has been very much involved as a writer and illustrator with his family’s creation, the Berenstain Bears. He continues to work with his mother, Jan, creating new books, writing and illustrating. The antics and activities of Mike’s three children have provided inspiration for many Berenstain Bears books over the years. Though Stan died in 2005, Jan and Mike continue to create the delightful Bear adventures from their family home in Pennsylvania, in an area that looks much like the sunny dirt road deep in Bear Country. www.berenstainbears.com

About Mike Berenstain

Mike Berenstain grew up watching his parents, Stan and Jan, working together to write and draw these lovable bears. Eventually he started drawing and writing about them too. Mike is married to Andrea and they have three children. They live in Pennsylvania, in an area that looks a lot like Bear Country.

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The Creative Madness Mama also known as Margaret is a Christian Stay-at-home Mama, married to the Enginerd, Quilter, avid reader and book-a-holic. A book blogger for bunches of different publicists. She loves to share the latest and greatest about books coming out as well as her quilt and other crafty projects with some pictures of her Kindergartener AppleBlossom, newborn Almond Blossom (the boy!) and toddler OrangeBlossom in between. Plotting to be a homeschooler, she's a cloth diapering, breastfeeding, babywearing, list making mama full of a little creative and a lot of madness.

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