Illustrator: Mike Berenstain
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Genres: Christian Fiction, Juvenile, Juvenile Fiction
The Berenstain Bears: God Bless Our Home by Jan & Mike Berenstain
Genre: Christian Children’s Early Readers
Pages: 32 Saddle Stitch Paperback
Date Published: April 2012
Publisher: Zonderkidz, a division of Zondervan
The Berenstain Bears are back with another charming addition to their iconic series of inspiring stories for kids. Mike Berenstain, along with his late mother Jan, introduces GOD BLESS OUR HOME, part of the popular Living Lights series.
In THE BERENSTAIN BEARS GOD BLESS OUR HOME (Zonderkidz; $3.99; April 2012), Mama and Papa Bear worry that their family has outgrown its cozy little tree house. But, with so many wonderful memories, the Bear cubs are reluctant to relocate to a larger home. Will the Bear family move from their beloved tree house, or can they come up with a creative alternative?
Together, the Bears don their thinking caps and assess everyone’s wishes: Honey Bear needs a room of her own. Papa Bear needs a place to protect his car from snow during winter. With help from Brother and Sister, Papa Bear gets to work building new space for each precious family member and their belongings. Along the way, there are surprises as they uncover some forgotten family treasures!
GOD BLESS OUR HOME evokes the true meaning of home, sweet home and illustrates the importance of working together as a family. Young readers will learn that a house does not have to be big, beautiful, or expensive, because every home is filled with the blessings of God.
On the book’s final page, there is a list of activities and questions to help children apply what they’ve read to their own homes and families, including cleaning out their bedrooms, donating old toys and designing their very own “God Bless Our Home” poster.
Following along in a story of the Berenstain Bears is always fun, especially in my opinion the moral filled Living Lights series. Lately I’ve been following along their official Pinterest page and reading about different tree houses. I remember as a kid reading over these books again and again being filled with questions about their house. It was in this book where all those questions are answerd. The Berenstain Bears: God Bless Our Home is great for teaching children about the blessings from God, but it’s also about compromise and making things work. Through out every page the reader is taken on a guide through every room inside and out of the bear’s tree house, even under the stairs! For a long time fan like me, I love this book for what it shares. Then also for my daughter it is great fun where she was able to name rooms and family members and is learning a bit more about the rooms in her own home. (Also able to point out that even Honey Bear has to get out of Mama’s bed eventually!)
*Thanks to Zondervan for providing a copy for review.*
“The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock” -Matthew 7:25
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 80s, he has been very much involved as a writer and illustrator with his family’s creation, the Berenstain Bears. He continued to work with his mother, Jan, creating new books, writing and illustrating up until her death this year. The antics and activities of Mike’s three children have provided inspiration for many Berenstain Bears books over the years. Though Stan and Jan passed away in 2005 and 2012, respectively, Mike continues to create the delightful Bear adventures from their studio in Pennsylvania, in an area that looks much like the sunny dirt road deep in Bear Country. www.berenstainbears.com
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