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The Berenstain Bears in the Dark (First Time Books) Paperback – August 12, 1982

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About the Author

Stan and Jan Berenstain were both born in 1923 in Philadelphia.  They didn't know each other as children, but met later at school, at the Philadelphia College of Art.  They liked each other right away, and found out that the both enjoyed the same kinds of books, plays, music and art.  During World War II, Stan was a medical assistant in the Army, and Jan worked in an airplane factory.  When the war was over, they got married and began to work together as artists and writers, primarily drawing cartoons for popular magazines.  After having their two sons Leo and Michael, the Berenstains decided to write some funny children's books that their children and other children could read and enjoy.  Their first published children's book was called The Big Honey Hunt.  It was about a family of bears, who later became known as the "Berenstain Bears."  


Stan and Jan planned all of their books together. They both wrote the stories and created the pictures.  They continued to live outside of Philadelphia in the country.  There are now over 300 Berenstain Bears books.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 690L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (August 12, 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679820329
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394854434
  • ASIN: 0394854438
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 2, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book is about brother bear and sister bear going to the library to get some books. When they arrived home it was reading time and brother bear scared sister bear reading her his scary book he checked out. That night sister bear couldn't fall asleep because she was scared so papa bear gave her a nightlight. That helped her fall asleep and she wasn't scared of the dark anymore. The lesson this book teaches is to not be afraid of the dark. It's a good book and I recommend it for children ages 3-10.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By B.C.M. on October 3, 2000
Format: Paperback
Stan and Jan Berenstain turned out some of their finest books during the early 1980s, and The Berenstain Bears In the Dark is certainly one of their best. A best-seller since its release (now almost 20 years ago) there is a simple reason for its success: the book tells a wonderfully beautiful and fun story but one that is also very true to life. In the book, a night light is placed in the cubs' bedroom because of Sister's fear of the dark. By the end of the book, though, the reader sees that Brother (who argued against the "babyish" light) actually is in need of the night light as much or more than his sister. It is a fun story for kids and one that can be very useful for parents. The story is great and the illustrations are classic Berenstain Bears. This is a personal favorite that I remember from my own childhood and one I will continue to read for years to come! If you have not read it or do not own a copy, get one today, YOU WON'T BE DISAPPOINTED!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By boxwood100 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 27, 2005
Format: Paperback
We got this book as part of a set and it's just great. I have to read this one over and over again but I don't mind because it definitely has a good lesson. When brother bear takes out a mystery book to read from the library, sister gets a little scared when he reads part of it to her. He then wails like the cave in the story once they get in bed just to torment her but receives his just reward when sister can't go to sleep without the light on. So, the whole family is up with sister and quite "sleepy-eyed" in the morning. Papa bear sets up his old nightlight for sister who then gets her chance for revenge when she tells brother she wished the story ended with a spooky monstoer and hangs over the edge of the top bunkbed and makes a scary face at him! Brother has a little trouble sleeping after that and decides that mysteries are exactly his "thing" just then. It's fun to read for adults, all of us who remember hanging over the edge of the top bunk to scare a sibling below. I really laughed when I read that. Pretty funny stuff, especially since I did that too! My little one loves this book and it really does help explain how to not let shadows scare you. Great book, great find.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jess Hayes on January 13, 2014
Format: Paperback
When my grandson started having nightmares when he came to stay with me, I immediately thought of this classic book. The Berenstain Bears were a most popular series when my kids were growing up in the 80s. I enjoyed reading them because they were thoughtful, well-written, beautifully illustrated, and easy to read aloud. The kids find them fun and easy to connect to - even today. I am happy to say that my grandson has been getting better overcoming his fears at night and loves this book! That could be also attributed to The Nightmare Solution: Simple, Creative Methods for Working Out Your Dream Problems book which his mother has recently started to work through with him.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nathan Hand on September 23, 2005
Format: Paperback
My kids love berenstain bears they tackle just about every issue a kid would go through and gives them encouragement and useful ways to handle the issue. In the dark is no exception my daughter liked the fact that others get scared too andThey encouraged her to face her fears. It even had a funny ending. Just as good as the Tv show. Good for 1st and 2nd level readers. Great to read to any age.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 15, 2001
Format: Paperback
I think this book is a pretty good book for people that like to read to young children, or just for anytime reading. This book features all of our favorite Berenstain Bears characters. Mama bear, Papa bear, Brother and Sister bear all play important parts in this book. In it, sister is read a scary book by brother and then is afraid of the dark, but will the scarer become the scaree?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Heather Taite on January 30, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
We love the Berenstain Bears. So it's no wonder that we love this book too! I love that all their books have some value and meaning to them! Worth the buy for sure!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rob Natiuk on May 27, 2015
Format: Paperback
A big benefit our family appeciates about the Berenstain Bears' books is how they deal with children's problems, relationships, thinking and fears. Being afraid of the dark is always a big fear for many youngsters.

"Being afraid of the dark
Doesn't just happen to you.
It happens, sometimes,
To little bears, too."

Big Brother doesn't help Sister when he reads a scary story aloud just before bed. And after the lights are out, Brother makes spooky noises. Well, that leads to more and more trouble. Papa Bear takes over and tells Sister -- and us -- about the power of "imagination," both good and bad. The next night, she gives Brother a little taste of his own medicine!
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