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Stan Berenstain , Jan Berenstain
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August 12, 1982 3 - 7 yearsPreschool - 2690L (What's this?)
After a scary bedtime story, Sister Bear is too frightened of the dark to shut her eyes. "Sound psychological advice and a night light help Sister conquer her fears. Children will empathize with Sister Bear in this well-written story."--School Library Journal.

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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.

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: 0394899326
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679820321
  • ASIN: 0394854438
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,157 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Berenstain Bears In The Dark October 2, 2003
A Kid's Review
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
5.0 out of 5 stars A Berenstain Bears Classic October 3, 2000
By B.C.M.
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
5.0 out of 5 stars A very cute, teaching book 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Berenstain Bears in the dark 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
4.0 out of 5 stars A review of The IN THE DARK December 15, 2001
A Kid's Review
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Love. January 30, 2013
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Still good after 20 years! 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for kids who can't fall asleep in the dark! October 29, 2011
Format:Paperback
I must have been about four or five when my mom first read this to me and my sister. It was definitely a favorite, as were all the Berestain Bears books! One thing that I loved about it was that after a restless night, Papa Bear explains to Sister how letting your imagination take charge at the wrong time is what often leads to irrational fears, even for adults. She learns that what most often, what is scary looking in the dark is really harmless once the lights are on. This helped me a lot as a little girl. Definitely recommended for any parent with children!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great books for a great price.
My 4 year old daughter just loves these books. We order a new one every time we have an extra 5 bucks. She's determined to have the whole collection of these.
Published 11 days ago by Danica H.
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awesome books.
Published 1 month ago by maureen story
5.0 out of 5 stars good book
I loved the Berenstain Bears as a kid and thought my kids would enjoy them too. This was a Christmas gift and they liked the book Because they also don't like the dark. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kim
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good book and helpful for children who are scared.
Published 3 months ago by Kristy Yelle
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
fun
Published 5 months ago by Rachel
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome books on teaching young children!
Published 7 months ago by Anonymous
4.0 out of 5 stars Love Berenstain Bears
This book is a little too old for my daughter still. She is 2 1/2 and I don't want to scare her, so we will wait on this one. She loves all the other Bears books.
Published 9 months ago by Sarah Newbold
5.0 out of 5 stars The Berenstain Bears in the Dark (First Time Books)
This reminds me of how very afraid of the dark I was as a child! It's been fun reading these many books of the Berenstain's over the years to our children, grandchildren and those... Read more
Published 12 months ago by tamara wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Love The Berenstain Bears
Absolutely love the Berenstain bears books. I read them when I was younger and now I read them to my daughter. Love it!
Published 14 months ago by MicaelaRenee
5.0 out of 5 stars And the tradition continues- helps little people overcome their fears
We raised 3 children on Berenstain Bears, and they now have families of their own. Each is successful in their chosen life, and we have no doubt Berenstain Bears played a part in... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Dennis Knight Sr
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