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The Big Book of Berenstain Bears Beginner Books (Beginner Books(R)) Hardcover – August 9, 2011

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About the Author

Stan & Jan Berenstain began writing and illustrating books for children in the early 1960s, when their two sons Michael and Leo were young readers themselves. They lived on a hillside in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, a place that still looks a lot like Bear County, where they could see deer, wild turkeys, rabbits, squirrels, and woodchucks through their studio window almost every day—but no bears. The Bears lived inside their hearts and minds.

The Berenstains' sons are all grown up now. Michael worked as an illustrator with his mother, Jan, to create new Berenstain Bears books.  There are Berenstain grandchildren who can even draw pretty good bears. With more than three hundred books in print, along with videos, television shows, and even Berenstain Bears exhibits at major museums, it's hard to tell where the Bears end and the Berenstains begin!
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Series: Beginner Books(R)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; Beginner Books edition (August 9, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 037587366X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375873669
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Julianne on December 7, 2011
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These are some of my favorites. I love the older Berenstain stories better than the newer ones. They have so much more humor and character. I couldn't wait to share them with my kids. It had them all laughing. I'm surprised at the negative review. Where is their sense of humor? This is great fun that you and your kids will love unless you're a stick in the mud :) or you take them too seriously.
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Really great compilation of books. None of them are really cannon with the Berenstain Bear family series and contain what I consider prototypes of the characters. They are still great reads and really do make good beginner reader books. The first three stories follow a similar format of lessons/discussion between Papa and Small Bear and are pretty amusing in how all of Papa's attempts at teaching his son tend to backfire on him, they still get the message through. The next two stories use simpler sentences/phrases and are really the best to start with for a beginner reader, especially Bears in the Night. All the books make great use of rhythm and/or rhyme that makes reading fun and easier to remember. I grew up on the Berenstain Bear family, so this was a must-have item for our bookshelf.
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The book is good and the stories are long but pretty simple (easy for a 4-year-old to follow). The rhyming and repetition are wonderful tools to help my son learn to read, and the stories are very silly (Papa Bear is a great example of "what not to do").

The darker stories can be a little scary to the kiddos, but I've found if we focus on another aspect in the story (like how the bears lost their tools (for lack of a better word), or the excitement of all the little passageways in the tree), my boy is still intrigued (though snuggling close--a bonus, I think!) and doesn't have nightmares.

This was another book we checked out at the library for a while before we decided to add it to our own. We definitely enjoy reading it together.
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This book has some of the older and better Berenstain Bear books in the collection. It features: The Bike Lesson, The Bear's Picnic, The Bears' Vacation, Bears in the Night, The Spooky Old Tree, and The Missing Dinosaur Bone. All are classics that my children love without any of some of the newer, stranger, and just plain bad Berenstain Bear books that have been published in more recent years. This collection is good for both girls and boys. My 3 year old daughter loves having all these stories read to her and they are very fast paced. My 6 year old son also likes these books and enjoys being able to read them himself. All in all, these books are great price and enjoyable to read over and over again. We liked these so much I bought this book for our nephews. I would recommend this to others.
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By mlp on December 29, 2014
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The child that received this was very happy and was looking forward to the stories. He even had several stories read to him the day he opened it up. The smiles, entertainment, and lessons are worth it.
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Have always loved the Berenstain Bear books. This is a nice find with so many of their stories in one book. The stories aren't so long that the kids loose interest, yet they are not too simple that the books are out grown quickly. This is a nice grandma book, one to have on hand when the grandkids come to stay. Enjoyable for everyone.
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my kiddos are big book lovers, and we stumbled across the Berenstain Bears on our last vacation. This book has six short stories perfect for toddlers. The stories rhyme perfectly, are fun to read, have just a few words per page, and the kiddos (ages 2 and 4) love story time with this book.
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This is a collection of the older Berenstain Bear stories so the illustrations are different, the stories don't follow the same format as they do today, and Sister Bear isn't a character yet. If you buy this collection thinking they will be the same style as today you will probably be disappointed. For those who love BB and wanted the classic stories this is a great collection. My 4-year old girls looked at the illustrations at first & were confused but absolutely love them now since the stories & illustrations are so silly. In one story Papa Bear teachers Brother what NOT to do when riding a bike therefore he falls a lot which of course children love. In other stories he teaches them water safety, again by teaching brother what NOT to do which is a funny way of teaching since he gets a lot of "boo-boos." Some of the stories are nice and long, others are shorter so you can pick & choose depending on the night- can be good for early readers as well. Almost every children's book has some sort of serious lesson, I'm glad we go this one, kids need to laugh and have fun too.
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