Most of the cubs at Bear Country School get along most of the time. But when rivals are cast opposite each other in the school play, Romeo and Grizzliet, Brother and Sister Bear have to decide if they should mind their own business or get involved as peacemakers to save the performance.
|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||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 9/14/2014)
- 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)