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The Big Honey Hunt, 50th Anniversary Edition (The Berenstain Bears) Hardcover – September 12, 1962


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"Carried along by rhyme and rhythm, enlivened by humorous, colorful illustrations."--Chicago Tribune.

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According to Papa Bear, a bear must use his ?smarts? to search for honey. When he brings Brother Bear along on a hunt for honey, it takes more than a few missteps to outsmart the Bears.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (September 12, 1962)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394800281
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394800288
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,522 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By kennedy19 on February 23, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The Berenstains should be remembered for their beginning reader books of the sixties and early seventies. Back then, the drawing style was more free, the stories were simple but clever, and the bears were a memorably comic tour de force. (In latter years they became cranked-out and preachy, and dealt with all sorts of issues in longer picture books and novels. Bah.) What child has ever completely forgotten the impages of their early adventures? In this, their first book, we meet Papa Bear, the bluff but incompetent teacher, and his son, the woshipful pupil who is actually smarter than the teacher. Off they go with a bucket to get some real honey from bees, eschewing the store next to their house. A series of comic misadventures ensure, climaxing with the bears being chased by a swarm of bees and hiding underwater. They return home to buy honey the easy way, as Mama told them to do in the first place. Funny, concise, and still fun after all these years - such are the early Berenstain Bears.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jane James on February 18, 2002
Format: Library Binding
This story is a fun adventure with lots of expressive illustrations and easy-to-read words. With 61 pages, a child really feels like he's accomplished something when he finishes this book.
Small Bear and Dad Bear go in search of honey. Mother tells them to go to the honey store, but Dad Bear has a better idea. They go in search of a honey tree. One mishap after another, they finally find their honey - only, where a bear finds honey, he also finds BEES.
Dad is clever, though, and they manage to escape unscathed... and they come home with honey, too!
A fun book, and great for beginning readers.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By K. Bennett on June 11, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The Berenstain Bears are my secret weapon in my constant battle to instill good habits in my kids. My kids may not listen to me nagging them to clean up their rooms, but they will listen to Mama Bear. Since there's a Berenstain Bear book that covers just about any problem that crops up in our house, we know Mama, Papa, Brother and Sister Bear almost as well as we know our next door neighbors (and they're related to us!).
If you only know the Bear family though some of their more recent books, you might be surprised to learn that the first few Berenstain Bears books aren't about problem-solving at all. Instead, they are rhyming books about life in what later came to be know as "the tree house down a sunny dirt road in Bear Country."
In the very first book, an empty honey pot sends Papa Bear and Small Bear (later to be known as Brother Bear) on a quest for some honey. Mama tells them to get it at the honey store, conveniently located just outside the front door. Papa Bear, however, has grander plans.
"Not at the store. Oh, no, Small Bear. If a bear is smart, If a bear knows how, He goes on a honey hunt. Watch me now!" If you've read any of the Bears' adventures, you'll know that of course Papa's grand plans backfire. He and Small Bear end up hiding in a pond to escape a swarm of angry bees. On the last page, Mama watches with a knowing smile as Papa buys honey from the store.
There's one person in my family who cringes every time a new Bear book shows up on the night's list of requested reading. My husband doesn't like to see Papa always portrayed as a buffoon. Sometimes, just to make my husband feel better, I'll let Papa be the sensible one and Mama be the comic relief.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ulyyf on July 23, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the earlier Berenstain Bear books, and it shows. Despite the cover, the bears on the *inside* of this book are less stylized and cutesy than the bears in the newer books. Also, the book is more of an early reader, it rhymes and is nowhere near as wordy as the newer, $4 books. (Tell the truth, I like all these older Berenstains better!)

The little bear and his dad go out to get honey, but of course they eschew the honey store *right next to their house* and go on, surprise, a honey hunt.

You can already tell that this Will Not End Well. After a series of predictable mishaps, they end up (predictably) buying honey at the store after all, much to the delight of the little ones.

This one is a *little* long for toddlers. Save it for the older pre-readers, or the ones learning to read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Abby Connors on February 8, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Please don't judge all the Berenstain Bears books by the later ones, which deal with "issues" like cleaning your room, different-looking neighbors and eating too much junk food. The earlier ones, like "The Big Honey Hunt," are excellent - gently funny, without the tedious moralizing. My children loved this book and the Christmas one very much - they were read-every-night kind of books. Kids look forward to all the misadventures Papa gets into - they're lots of fun.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Optimusprimelives on November 17, 2013
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I love the original Berentain Bears books and so do my kids. They are wonderfully illustrated and the rhyme and meter are second to none. I was born and raised on these stories and I bought them for my children when they were born. "Inside, Outside, Upside Down" was the first book by daughter learned to read on her own. She is seven years old now and still loves them. These are timeless classics that you can pass on to your children and grandchildren. Buy them all now!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sabby on December 3, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Dissappointment first: the cover looks like the one pictured on the internet. I'd hoped the cover would be like the original, without the borders and extras. That aside, I bought the book because our neighbor loaned us her original and wanted it back, but The Big Honey Hunt had become a must-have for my kid's library. I love how the book lets me buzz like a bee. And, the book is like an unravelling mystery--what trouble will Papa bear get in next? In the end, just like the The Christmas Tree, Papa bear learns his lesson, and Mama bear is smug.Great book for beginning readers: print is large, but not overly so, interesting story with pictures to match, and lots of word repetition, rhyming. Interactive for kids: I ask them questions and let them guess.
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