Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The Berenstain Bears Get Ready for Christmas

Arranging the nativity scene is a highlight of the Berenstain Bears' Christmas in Jan and Mike Berenstain's new book The Berenstain Bears Get Ready for Christmas.

This is a simple little book showing the Bear family decorating for the holiday. In a box, they find baby Jesus in the manager - but they have to search throughout the house to find other elements of the nativity scene, each found under a lift-the-flap. For example, the "three wise bears" are behind the mantle clock, an angel is behind a vase of flowers, and the sheep are inside a cupboard door.

The book ends:
"Now the Bear family sets up their manager scene.
'Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace!' says the whole Bear family."

What I Like: I really like the simplicity of this book; it does a good job of introducing or re-familiarizing young children with the basic elements of the Christmas story. And naturally, my 3 year old loved the lift-the-flaps. I'm also sure he'll be much more excited about our own nativity scene this year, due to this book.

What I Dislike: All lift-the-flap books are fragile, but this one has thinner flaps and pages than some others. Still, they seem strong - and so far my son hasn't ripped any of the flaps.

Overall Rating: Excellent

Age Appeal: 2 to kindergarten.

Publishing Info: Zonderkidz; 2011; ISBN: 978-0310720829; paperback, 12 pgs., $6.99.

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Special Info: Read our other reviews of Berenstain Bear books.


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1 comment:

Bronwen Scott-Branagan said...

This is a delightful book and will appeal to both Christian families with little ones and to preschool teachers.