Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Review: The Berenstain Bears and the Gift of Courage by Jan & Mike Berenstain

Berenstain BearsThe Berenstain Bears have been around for awhile. I know because one of the first books my parents gave me all my own was The Berenstain Bears and the Messy Room. It was a Christmas present that felt a bit like a lesson, much like the ever practical gifts of socks and undies. I've never been entirely organized and my parents obviously thought a good story was the way to one's heart. Much wisdom in that!

Recently, there have been some new Berenstain books that are explicitly Christian. This is interesting to me. The Berenstain Bears and the Gift of Courage is one such book. As with all Berenstain Bears books there's a topic to be dealt with and in this book it's bullies. Sister needs to deal with a bully but fears she lacks the courage. She asks Papa Bear to read the story of David and Goliath to them at bedtime. The story is fully in the book, complete with bear images! Sister expresses her doubt over whether or not she has the courage to stand up to a bully, and Papa Bear assures her she does. Will Sister Bear test this courage? Read the book and find out! :) (Please note I received a copy of this book from the publisher)

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