The Bear family and their Bear Country neighbors celebrate the Fourth of July with a big parade. But not before the cubs get a lesson about the blessings of freedom for their country. Features 12 full-color stickers.
|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||Apr 14, 2015|
|Series||Berenstain Bears/Living Lights|
- Review by Cindy
5 stars from this reviewer.
This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review. (Posted on 7/14/2015)
- Review by Fitzysmom
A celebration in Bear Country wouldn't be complete without food and festivities. As the family prepares for the parade by decorating their bikes and trying on old military uniforms, a wonderful discussion ensues about the birth of America. When Sister asks "You mean countries are born like babies?" Papa gives a recap of how our beloved country was started and the sacrifices made by brave men and women.
As the Fourth quickly approaches I urge you to read this book with your kiddos and then take it a step further and find a celebration near you. Everyone needs to experience a small town Fourth of July celebration. Parades, pie eating contests, cake walks, potato sack races and then the grand finale . . . fireworks! Our freedom was hard fought and won. Go enjoy it!
I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review. (Posted on 5/20/2015)
- Review by Zac
I liked the introduction to the Fourth of July in this book. I also liked how the Bear Family participated in the parade. I enjoyed the sense of family and that kids get to read about that.
Also, I liked that the book came with a sticker sheet. I know I would have enjoyed this when I was younger and I liked that addition.
I found the illustrations to be consistent with the other books in this series. I found them to be fitting with the story and ones I think many kids will enjoy.
I am still having trouble with the Biblical aspect of this series. I’m not sure if they are just trying to throw a Bible verse into some of the books in this series to make it more faith based or what, but this book is another example of a time I wish they just left out the Bible verse. In this book, Mama Bear is talking to Sister Bear about America and how the country was founded. She says, “As the Bible says, ‘He brought us to this place and gave us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey.’” While I understand the tie in, this verse is really out of context as it was not referring to America at all. I think the use of this verse could confuse children.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. If it wasn’t for the Bible verse being stuck in it, I would have given this a five star rating.
*I received a free copy of this product to facilitate this review. (Posted on 5/12/2015)
- Review by Lisa
I received this book for review purposes. All opinions shared are my own. (Posted on 5/4/2015)
- Review by The IE Mommy
The Berenstain Bears have been a mainstay in my children's lives since they were born and were actually a big part of my own childhood. God Bless our Country is a great patriotic and Godly book about the men and women that serve our country and earned us the freedoms we enjoy today.
Just reading the first page of this book made me nostalgic for summer and the picture made me think of wonderful things to come! I like that the bears are so involved in their community and are all taking part in the local 4th of July parade. It sets a good example for my kids and our family as my son is starting to participate in things like this in Cub Scouts.
This book is a great little history lesson and always family friendly with wonderful lessons for all! The Berenstain Bears God Bless our Country is getting us ready for the patriotic holidays to come! There are some fun stickers as a bonus in this one that my daughter really enjoyed as well! (Posted on 4/29/2015)
- Review by Sally
This is an adorably written book with great illustrations. Although the pages are filled with the preparations and fun of getting ready for the celebration, it brings to light the true meaning of that celebration in a way that is easy for children to understand.
It is a well written and beautifully illustrated book, that I would recommend for any child. I love the Berenstain Bears and am always delighted when I can share another of their adventures with my grandchildren, nieces and nephews. This is a great book for ages 4-8.
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this Book by the publisher, ZonderKidz, Z Blog Squad 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 4/24/2015)
- Review by Tiffany
Even though the Bear family is celebrating the founding of Bear Country, the story is just the same as our country’s founding. It teaches children the significance behind the Fourth of July, and how it’s not just a day we get to watch fireworks. I think it’s very important to teach our children the history of our country. I highly recommend the Berenstain Bears books to parents everywhere, and this book is just as great as the rest of them.
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(Posted on 4/10/2015)
- Review by April
I enjoy how easy the author can share how our nation came to be but also keep a christian perspective. Our nation is in need of more prayer so my focus with my kids was to help them to learn to pray for our leaders and nation, but also what patriotic means.
The book has the bear cubs decorating their bikes for a fourth of July parade... I know we have lived in places that have kids decorate their bikes for a parade. I know we are now going to search it out when it gets closer to July!
My kids enjoyed this patriotic story and are very excited for summer to come to celebrate the Fourth of July.
At the end of this story Papa Bear and Mama Bear give thanks to God, I end with a big Thank you to God for allowing me to blog but also Zondervan for sending me this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review. I was not paid to review this and all opinions are 100% mine. (Posted on 4/6/2015)