Papa Bear and the troupe try to help several neighbors who really don’t need help. In the course of doing so, they create problems where there weren’t any to start with. After several attempts to be “helpful,” Papa Bear ends up getting hurt. The scout troupe has to find a way to get Papa Bear back to his home. After much exertion, they manage to do so. But, they are discouraged that their day ended in defeat as they weren’t able to help any of their neighbors.
Mama Bear then points out that they did indeed help someone, they helped Papa Bear who required their assistance in getting home. So, they earned their Good Deed Merit Badges after all.
The illustrations by Mike Berenstain, done in the usual Berenstain Bear-style, are colorful, expressive and cartoon-like.
This Bible verse is given as a reference for the story: “Each of you should look not only to your interests but also to the interests of others.” [Philippians 2:4]
What I Like: Several of the characters in this episode – Papa Bear, Mama Bear and Farmer Ben – quote Scripture as part of the text for the book.
What I Dislike: Nothing.
Overall Rating: Excellent.
Age Appeal: 4-7.
Publisher Info: Zonderkidz, 2010; ISBN: 9780310719380; Hardcover: $6.99.
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Special Info: This book is part of the publisher’s Living Lights series. Read our reviews of other books in the series by Stan and Jan Berenstain. Visit the Berenstain Bears website.