The Berenstain Bears *Book Review*
Brother, Sister and Honey Bear learn that there is more to Easter than chocolate bunnies, marshmallow chicks, and jelly beans when their Sunday School teacher has them sit in on a play entitles The Easter Story. A great way to teach children that it may be OK to enjoy Easter treats but they must not forget that Salvation is much sweeter then candy.
It is so easy for our children to get caught up with candy, bunnies, and eggs because of the worlds view on Easter (the malls, TV commercials, bulletin boards, and well everywhere). I loved reading this book because I loved reading how the hearts changed in Brother and Sister Bear. We just celebrated Easter so my daughter kept stopping me in the middle of reading so she could tell me more about Easter. :) This story is perfect for any child so they can really learn the true meaning of Easter.
Brother and Sister Bear are delighted when their Sunday school teacher takes the class on a special nature walk around Bear Country. While the cubs are skeptical about what such a hike has to do with church, they quickly learn that God is the creator of all things in the environment.
This story reminded me of one of my classes. I took the kids out and we made nature bracelets and talked about all the things God made. :) The pictures were very beautiful showcasing God's creation. I also enjoyed some of the words in the book come from the song "All Things Bright and Beautiful" an older hymn but one I love. This story is really a perfect book for any Sunday School classroom or Christian School. I would use it during talks of creation or use it before or after taking your own nature walk.
About the Authors:
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.