The Berenstain Bears Get Involved

9780310720904The Berenstain Bears Get Involved by Jan & Mike Berenstain
Berenstain Bears/Living Lights
Genre: JUVENILE FICTION / Religious
Ages 4 to 7
Pages: 32 Paperback 8×8″
Date Published: October 2012
Publisher: Zonderkidz

Children ages 4-7 are not only learning to read, but also forming lifetime morals. In The Berenstain Bears Get Involved, a storm hits Bear Country and homes are in danger of flooding. The Bear family joins a rescue team at the Chapel in the Woods, and their combined selfless efforts save the homes that are in danger. Through this timeless story, children are shown how to respond with compassion in moments of community crisis.

This newest addition to the bestselling Berenstain Bears Living Lights series will appeal to young Bear fans and their parents, grandparents, and teachers who appreciate the power of formative literature, especially for young readers. The urgent necessity of the Bears’ service to their community is illustrated through dark, stormy skies that differ from the typically sunny days in Bear Country. But readers will know that all is well again when everyone works together and sunny skies return.

Jan and Mike Berenstain continue to write and illustrate stories that not only entertain, but also guide young lives towards God’s truths.

I’m floundering a little bit because I know I wrote a review for this one but I cannot seem to find it. Alas, I’ll try again.

“…Always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:15

This book is all about community involvement and showing that even children can lend a hand and help when it’s needed. There is a flood in bear country and the cubs do not seem to notice until it involves someone they known in cousin Fred, which makes it real and alive for them. Which is so true to us all in our closed off little worlds. We hear about natural disasters but they seem to just be facts we hear until it affects us either directly or through someone we know. For our family we personally live up hill, but near an area that has had some devastating flooding in the last two years. We watched the news cautiously and heard about community heroes stacking sand bags in the wet and danger to save the city from the rising river. having books like this one that cannot only explain what is happening, but to turn it into an example of how we can help (as the kids get older) and look at the promises from God and our future is great. I, for one, am very content with the Christian Living Lights Berenstain Bears books and this is a good one.

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

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. 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.

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