Brother and Sister Bear both like to be the best—the best soccer player, the best student, the best artist. But when Gramps overhears the cubs bickering about who can see the most unusual cloud formations he puts a stop to the arguing. Being proud of a special talent from God is one thing, but bragging about it is foolish.
|About the Contributor(s)||Mike Berenstain
Stan and Jan Berenstain introduced the first Berenstain Bears 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 and Jan in 2012, Mike continues to create the delightful Bear adventures from his studio in Pennsylvania, in an area that looks much like the sunny dirt road deep in Bear Country.
|Publish Date||Dec 23, 2014|
|Series||Berenstain Bears/Living Lights|
- Review by April
Overall the message behind this book is an important one for all people...kids and adults alike. I like the story of the cubs grandpa. I think this story line is easy for kids to follow and relate to... we all have moments of being prideful. I am a little frustrated with the Proverbs 16:18 listed on the cover because it is quoted incorrectly Proverbs 16:18- Pride goes before DESTRUCTION, a haughty spirit before the fall. I know some people think that pride and haughty spirit are one of the same but I would prefer the verse to be used correctly in this case.
I still am a huge fan of the lessons that can be taught and learned from The Berenstain Bear books and would still recommend this book for young readers but I would also take the time to look the verse up and truly teach the meaning of pride verses haughty spirit. (Posted on 2/12/2015)
- Review by Lynda
The Berenstain Bears and the Biggest Brag
Author/Illustrator - Mike Berenstain
Publisher - Zonderkidz
Ages - 4-8
Favorite Features -
Loved Berenstain Bear characters return for another story children will enjoy and identify with - and learn from as well!
Colorful illustrations will capture the attention of children.
Love the "Activities and Questions from Brother and Sister Bear" - excellent!
Solid message about being thankful for the gifts, talents and abilities you have; using them to serve God and others, but not falling into the trap of bragging.
Zonderkidz says: "In this newest Berenstain Bears Living Lights book, The Berenstain Bears and the Biggest Brag, Grizzly Gramps teaches Brother and Sister a valuable lesson about bragging and boasting. When he happens to overhear the cubs bickering about who can see the most unusual cloud formations, Gramps puts a stop to the argument. He reminds them being proud of a special talent from God is one thing, but bragging about it is foolish. 'Pride goeth before a fall!'”
I am happy to say, this new Berenstain Bears book does not disappoint! Once again the bears combine a story with which children can easily identify with solid teaching to help "young cubs" learn to grow up making wise choices. This is just one reason why the Berenstain Bears books are being enjoyed by another generation of children! (Posted on 2/10/2015)
- Review by Lisa
- Review by Jalynn
The Berenstain Bears series, is a good series now just like it was years ago to teach our children to do better and act better! We own several books and movies of the beloved bear family!
**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from my participation in the Z Blog Squad. (Posted on 1/19/2015)
- Review by Sally
I love at the end of each book there is a page devoted to activities and questions to help your youngster better understand the meaning of the story.
I highly recommend this book for children ages 4-8, but it can also serve as a reminder for an older child. The illustrations are adorable and will keep the youngest child wanting to turn the pages.
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this Book by the publisher, ZonderKidz, for an honest review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own. (Posted on 1/15/2015)
- Review by Zac
I enjoyed this story as I read about Brother and Sister Bear bragging to each other and Grizzly Gramps setting them straight. I liked how the book talked about things I think many kids could relate to, such as getting a certain grade in school and sports. I also enjoyed how the book went a little more extreme with the cubs arguing over something as simple as what the clouds looked like.
I think this book can give parents some good talking points with their children as well provide a relatable story without a lot of lecture. I am glad I gave this series another chance and I’m excited to read new books in the series.
*I received a free copy of this book to facilitate this review. (Posted on 1/13/2015)
- Review by thatbaldchick
***Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): As a member of the Z Blog Squad, I received the aforementioned product from Zondervan to facilitate this review.*** (Posted on 1/6/2015)
- Review by The IE Mommy
The Berenstain Bears always provide great moral lessons for my kids and The Biggest Brag is no exception!
Brother and Sister bear demonstrate exactly the way bragging occurs in my house. One kid will say something like "I scored a goal in my soccer game" like sister and brother has to one up it with "I scored the winning goal in my game and set up another goal with a corner kick!" I think kids somehow naturally feel challenged and the need to be the best so this is usually where bragging starts.
Their bragging goes from bad to worse and I found myself laughing out loud at their one upping each other with what they see in the clouds because it just becomes ridiculous. Sadly, it is very true to life and I have heard similar conversations.
Luckily Gramps comes along to give them a Bible lesson and put it all in perspective. I used this as an opportunity to talk to my kids about how unbiblical bragging is and the dangers of being prideful. I think the ridiculousness of the cloud situation helped them to see how it sounds because they were laughing during this part because it seemed so silly. I made sure to let them know that's exactly how they sound to me in similar conversations.
The Berenstain Bears and The Biggest Brag was a great little lesson for my kids and one they needed to hear! (Posted on 1/1/2015)