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The Berenstain Bears and the Golden Rule (Berenstain Bears/Living Lights) Paperback – September 28, 2008


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Series: Berenstain Bears/Living Lights (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz (September 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310712475
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310712473
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 7.6 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,395 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A classic in children’s literature for nearly half a century, The Berenstain Bears are back with four all-new books that teach children how God wants them to live. These picture books focus on doing the right thing, saying prayers and going to Sunday school-all through the silly antics and delightful humor of the bear family.” (Focus on the Family Clubhouse Jr)

“Fans of the series will feel right at home with the familiar story structure and cheery illustrations.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Preschoolers will love exploring classic Bear Country with the familiar Berenstain Bears in their newly released faith-based series” (Children’s Ministry)

“Michael’s enthusiasm about his work is contagious. He is not only committed to creating sound, edifying instructional literature for young children, but he is energized by his continuing opportunity to challenge children and their parents to think seriously about significant life issues and practices such as giving thanks, loving near-and-far neighbors, applying the rules of good sportsmanship and nurturing relationships with each other and with God.” (Homecoming)

“Kids ages 4 to 7 will love these.” (Homelife)

“The Berenstain Bears and The Golden Rule does a wonderful job of presenting a very basic rule of good behavior to young children in terms they are able to understand… The Berenstain authors have certainly continued the beautifully written and enjoyable books children have grown to love for many, many years…. For those previously acquainted with these wonderful stories, a faith-based series is a welcome edition. If you are finding Berenstain books for the first time, you will be pleased to begin with Godly rules of character as you get acquainted with the Bear family in their beautiful tree house in Bear Country.” (-The Old Schoolhouse Magazine)

About the Author

Stan and Jan Berenstain introduced the first Berenstain Bear books in 1962.

Stan and Jan Berenstain introduced the first Berenstain Bear books in 1962.



Mike Berenstain grew up watching his parents, Stan and Jan, working together to write and draw these lovable bears. Eventually he started drawing and writing about them too.


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Customer Reviews

Teaches children great morals!!!!
Joell Scott
This book is great at explaining what the meaning of what the golden rule really means but in a way that a child will understand.
Jacinda05
I got this book for my four year old son.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By The Warrant W4 on April 20, 2012
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I have read many of the naysayers and the positive comments about the new Living Lights series by the Berenstains. I have researched their series and grew up on their early books and treasured every positive message. I turned to these books for positive character advice and values when I couldn't ask my parents. I wish that the Berenstains had begun the Living Lights series for Christians when I was young. I researched the beginning of what made the family decide to write about Christian values. Stan DID discuss this concept with Mike and Jan before he died and began the groundwork for this series.

Jan wrote these Living Lights books while Mike illustrated them, so they are INDEED reflective of the entire family. If you are offended by the Living Lights series, please look at all the books that have recently come out for publication by the Berenstain Family. Right now, Mike has 6 Living Lights books with titles set for pre-sale and release in 2012 on Amazon published by Zonderkidz. He has 9 books set for pre-sale and release in 2012 published by Harper that are called "First Time Books" or "I Can Read."

Jan may have been involved in writing some of these books that haven't been published yet since she recently died, but it doesn't matter who wrote them. The point is the family HAS tread on their ministry lightly and decided around 2005 not to hide their light of Jesus or their faith under a bushel anymore. They are NOT trying to force their christianity on anyone. They are offering Christians some decent Christian children's stories for Christians to choose to buy for their children.

Almost every single Living Lights book they have written has an almost parallel "First Time Book." So parents can choose which version they want.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Scott Holmes on January 12, 2009
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The kids and I enjoy these classic stories. They combine timeless principles and morals with fun kids' stories, which is always great. The only thing that I am slightly disappointed about in these stories is that they paint Dad as "dummy" and almost on a peer level with the children at times. The stories would be even better without that.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Margaret C. VINE VOICE on September 20, 2008
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It's been years since I have read any of the adventures with the Berenstain Bears, but it was definitely a strong part of my earliest childhood that I have spare memories of. The Berenstain Bears and the Golden Rule is a winner in my opinion and a shelf keeper for every family.

Sister Bear gets to learn more about that phrase she knows so well, but has never really considered. This classic is a wonderful learning tool for any child and I strongly recommend it. On the inside of the back cover is a reader's guide, which I do not remember as a child, but has great questions to further the learning and understanding of a reader.

What a wonderful experience spending time with the Berenstain Bears is, I cannot wait for more!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cricket on March 21, 2011
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Do not pay any attention to Deboarah "hamish", the book is not "Christian proselytizing".

It quotes the Golden Rule as it is popularly known in our culture, and gives a nice, if a little wordy, story that has no religious content.

The other popular Golden Rule book, by Ilene Cooper and Gabi Swiatkowska, makes a number of false statements about the Golden Rule. For one thing, it is not known all over the world. Some cultures practice the rule "do it to them before they do it to you." In addition, the statement "treat people the way you would like to be treated" is not the same thing as "love your neighbor as your self", which requires empathy as opposed to a simple, possibly insincere, behavior. Finally, I do not believe what they have for Judaism is the best quote; the Torah also contains "love your neighbor as yourself."
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Christine M. Irvin on November 30, 2008
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The Berenstain Bears and the Golden Rule, created by Jan, Stan and Mike Berenstain, is one in a new series of books by this well-known team, each dealing with a Biblical theme or idea. Their previous titles were considered secular books, even though many of them dealt with moral issues.

In this book, Sister Bear is given a new locket, one engraved with the Golden Rule inside it. Even though she has heard the Golden Rule, and even seen it in print many times (as Mama Bear has a sampler of it hanging on the living room wall), she never really understood what it meant. But that changes when a new girl, Suzy MacGrizzie, comes to school, and Sister Bear finally invites her to join her circle of friends.

The Bible verse, "Do to others what you would have them do to you," (Matthew 7:12) is printed on the first inside page of the book. There is a section on the back cover with discussion questions and activities relating to the ideas in the book.

The illustrations are the usual, colorful cartoon-like drawings that have made this series of books so popular.

What I Like: I like the idea that the Berenstains are tackling issues that are considered Christian in nature. Although the stories are still fictional, the added depth in the subject matter is encouraging.

I also think they did a good job of introducing, and explaining, the idea of the Golden Rule. They did it in a manner that is very kid-friendly. It's one thing to be told what it means; it's another thing to actually have a chance to act out the meaning.

What I Dislike: Although the Bible verse is mentioned at the front of the book, there is no other reference to the Bible in the actual story.
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