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The Berenstain Bears Show Some Respect (Berenstain Bears/Living Lights) Paperback – September 10, 2011
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Stan and Jan Berenstain introduced the first Berenstain Bear books in 1962. Mike Berenstain grew up watching his parents work together to write about and draw these lovable bears. Eventually he started drawing and writing about them too. Though Stan died in 2005, and Jan in 2012, Mike continues to create the delightful Bear adventures from the family home and studio in Pennsylvania, in an area that looks much like the sunny dirt road deep in Bear Country.
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Top Customer Reviews
The bear family, with Gran and Gramps, are looking for the perfect picnic spot.
It gives examples of disrespect ranging from mild (interupting, not listening) to really mild ( practically stating an opinion/disagreeing.)
Example: Mama Bear suggests they go to the nice spot by the pond where she and papa had their first date. Brother says "That was an awful long time ago. It's full of mosquitos now. Let's find a better spot." And it IS full of mosquitos. Still, Mama is "none too pleased" with Brother Bears act of disrespect.
Gramps calls them out on their disrespect. They are sorry. The end.
1. Many of the examples of "disrespect" weren't relevant to my family or didn't really exemplify disrespectful behavior, at least not the kind i'm trying to address. (Above.) And the story never really explained WHY these behaviors were disrespectful, so I had to fill in with a lot of discussion. Like in the example above, I explained that Brother could have noted that there were a lot of mosquitos and then ASKED if they could keep looking.
2. Because of these stated opinions being used as illustrations of disrespect, this book almost gives a feeling of "children should be seen and not heard.Read more ›
This is just giving an opinion, and information. Should they have said, "Oh yes, Papa, you know what you're talking about!", picnicked there, and then been eaten alive by mosquitos or gotten slivers in their butts from the rotten wooden benches?
Taking these as examples of respect, to disagree with incorrect assumptions based on outdated past experience, is just an invitation for those with up to date knowledge to keep quiet, to kowtow, to become "yes men" just because someone is older.
If the older bears had been poohpoohed as old and out of touch when something important needed to be done, by the younger bears, who then couldn't solve the problem. And then the older bears had stepped in and used their great knowledge, skills and wisdom gained through years of practice or experience, a real lesson would have been taught. Some things are only learned though experience and age, and should be respected and valued. We should not underestimate our elders.
In the end, Grandpa is supposedly the best picnic spot picker outer. So does he find an extraordinary, hard to find spot with a spectacular view, based on his years of Scouting experience, using a compass etc? No, he leads them to his own backyard.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was supposed to be for my four year old. It is hard for young children to follow along, and the point is not made well at all. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Rachel B.
I love the Berenstain Bear books! This one is about being respectful to elders. I feel like the point was a little short of being made, though. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Jennifer L. Dickerman
Well, since I've known about the backstory of different children stories..I wonder if this one is also an altered version of the what really happenedPublished 7 days ago by Maria
Did not know that this book had religious overtones! Surprised and disappointed!Published 18 days ago by lauri
Nice little book about showing your elders some respect in Bears fashion.
Theme is looking for a place to have a picnic
My son loves this book. Easy to read he is in 1st grade and asked foe this book specifically.Published 28 days ago by savanah gonzalez
good read for the kids, reminds me of when i was a kid!Published 2 months ago by Something For Everyone
It was a good book i rly loved the book I love the berenstain bears make more books like this again plzPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer