“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the sons of God.”
In this new Berenstain Bears 8x8 book, Blessed are the Peacemakers , Brother and Sister have a wide circle of friends at Bear Country School and they get along with pretty much everyone. But not all their friends get along with each other. Too Tall and his bullying gang, for instance, are often in conflict with Cousin Fred, Ferdy Factual, and their friends. So what happens when the cubs all need to work together on the annual school play? Brother and Sister have to decide whether they should “mind their own business” or get involved as peacemakers and try to calm the troubled waters.
|About the Contributor(s)||Mike Berenstain
Mike Berenstain grew up watching his parents, Stan and Jan, working together to write and draw these lovable bears. Eventually he started drawing and writing about them too.
|Publish Date||Sep 2, 2014|
|Series||Berenstain Bears/Living Lights|
- Review by April
This book fit in nicely with our fruit of the spirit lessons at children's church. I love when a children's book provides a problem and an easy solution for kids to figure out even if you pause before reading the story. Not only could we discuss the fruit of the spirit peace, but since this book deals with bullying we were able to discuss this in further details. Bullying seems to be a national epidemic and as a mother and a school teacher I am always trying very hard to make sure it is not an issue for my kids or my students. My son is only 3 years old but he has been picking on a younger girl at daycare so it was vital for him to hear this story. My daughter is in first grade so talking about problem resolution was a big topic and something we will come back to often.
Any parent who is trying to find books that will provide good discussions then BUY this book! (Posted on 9/13/2014)
- Review by The IE Mommy
Both my older kids are in school now. Reed is in first grade and Paige is in Kindergarten. We have required reading every night and I try to take this as an opportunity to do our family devotions and read Christian books. The topic of this book couldn't have come at a better time as bullying is so prevalent in the schools.
Both of my kids have given examples of being bullied and seeing other kids being bullied in the few short weeks since school started. After reading this book and seeing how brother and sister bear tried to be peacemakers in the midst of dissension, we talked to our kids about being the peacemakers in their own schools.
The Berenstain Bears always set such a great example and have moral lessons that are relevant to where my kids are in life. There's even a brother, a sister and a new baby, just like our family! I think this really makes my kids sit back and take notice. Paige always says things like "she's a girl like me and a sister like me." Relating to the bears helps them to listen more closely and hopefully apply the lessons directly to their lives.
As always, great illustrations that paint the perfect picture and incredible lessons to teach my children in Blessed are the Peacemakers. (Posted on 9/7/2014)