Monday, November 1, 2010

The Berenstain Bears Do Their Best

In The Berenstain Bears Do Their Best, written by Stan and Jan Berenstain, and illustrated by Mike Berenstain, Brother and Sister Bear want to enter the local kite flying contest. Problem is, they don’t have a kite. Papa Bear tells them not to worry, he’ll make them one using the special talents God gave him.

Papa Bear then proceeds to construct a kite for the cubs with some paper and sticks, using glue to hold it together. He paints the kite red and adds a tail to make it fly. Then the trio head off for the contest.

When they get there, they see that theirs is the only homemade kite. All the others are fancy, store-bought ones. Everyone makes fun of the Bear’s kite, saying it will never fly. But, Papa has faith that it will, and it does. Not only does it fly, but when the winds blow hard and strong, all the other kites fall apart; the one Papa made holds together and wins the contest.

This Bible verse is given as a reference for the story: “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plan will succeed.” [Proverbs 16:3]

The text is written in rhyme, which is a departure from the usual Berenstain Bear book. The illustrations are typical of other books in the series, though, with bright, cartoon-like pictures throughout.

What I Like: This is a good story about using our talents, committing what we do to the Lord, and having faith we will prevail.

What I Dislike: Although I am a Berenstain Bear fan (as many of you know), this book doesn’t stand out as one of the best ones in the series as the storyline is weak. If the Bear cubs wanted to enter a kite-flying contest, they should have planned ahead to do so. I don’t think they should have waited until the day of the contest to have Papa make a kite for them. Also, Papa did all the work. He didn’t have the cubs help him at all even though they were the ones that were supposed to be entering the contest.

Overall Rating: Good.

Age Appeal: 4-8.

Publisher Info: Zonderkidz, 2010; ISBN: 9780310719373; 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. Read our reviews of other books by Stan and Jan Berenstain. Visit the Berenstain Bears website.

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