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The Bear Scouts Hardcover – September 24, 2002


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Series: Beginner Books(R)
  • Hardcover: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (September 24, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039480046X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394800462
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Inside Flap

Illus. in full color. "In rollicking rhyme Papa Bear shows the cubs the ins and outs of camping."--Catholic Library World.

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".  

Over 50 children's books later, Stan and Jan still plan all of their books together -- both write the stories, and both write the pictures.  They live outside of Philadelphia in the country.

Customer Reviews

My favorite BBears book, dating from childhood.
J. Tarpley
The moral of the story is that well meaning parents don't always know the right way to do things and should they should learn to listen better to their children.
Sarah Sammis
I bought this book to surprise my husband for Christmas, since he loved it as a kid.
Lindzlou

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By GAMom on September 25, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This tale of Papa Bear's prideful camping advice that ALWAYS turns out wrong is a classic. I LOVED this book when I was young, and indeed I still do! I never mind reading it to my 3 year old daughter. We quote the line "Your stew is stewing well, but doesn't it have a funny smell?" to each other as an inside joke.
The Bear Scouts leave on a camping adventure, but at the last minute Papa Bear insists on going to "help out". His son and the other scouts always use their Bear Scout Guide, and always have success. But Dad ties his own knot which fails, makes stew of roots that tastes awful but then gladly devours the fish the scouts catch, and so forth. The rhyme is fun and memorable, the illustrations are captivating, and I would recommend it to anyone!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By LadySihaya on July 21, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is a funny Berenstain Bears adventure book, in which the kids go camping and follow their Bear Scout Guidebook while Papa Bear tries to do everything his way and ends up making a big mess. My 3 y.o. likes this story very much, and asks for it frequently.

Like with many other Berenstain Bears books, I like that it teaches the importance of reading to learn stuff, but I find the dad's kluziness a bit annoying as I believe it undermines the respect for parents, cause it's not that it shows that parents can make mistakes too, but that they're totally incapable of doing something right.

However, it's a funny story, the adventure has a nice pace to it, and my kid enjoys reading it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paper Pen VINE VOICE on November 20, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Like other Berenstein books, Dad's a doofus, while the kids are wise in this camping-out adventure.

This is a fun story with nice artwork that I've ready many times to my kids (now 3 1/2 and 2). Frankly, I've gotten kind of tired of it -- the dad-bashing routine gets repetitive after a few dozen readings.

But the kids like it, and I think it will be a good one when they start reading on their own, too. There's even some good camping tips ("Put up your tents before it's late").
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Optimusprimelives on November 17, 2013
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I love the original Berenstain 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 greenveld on September 27, 2013
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I grew up reading the old school Berenstain Bears books and this is definitely one of my favorites. My toddler loves this book and even my husband is getting into these books. These are high quality reads that can obviously span generations.

The older books usually have great rhyming verses unlike most of the newer books. It makes reading them that much more enjoyable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By HappyHat on March 26, 2013
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I am going to be a Grandma and one of the first things I bought was a copy to replace the very worn old, old copy I read many times to my own children. It is funny and kids love to laugh at silly old papa bear. What could be better?
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Format: Hardcover
Yes sir, bear! Papa Bear is going to show the kid bears how to do it again. Hiking and camping--he's an experienced expert, doesn't need that old "Bear Scout Guide" that the little bears are trying to follow. After all, he says, "A guideobok, Son?/ Now, wait a minute!/ I know more/ Than the book has in it." A good example of the simple but right-on rhymes and rhythm. Those will help young listeners and readers learn new words.

Papa Bear shows the four youngsters how NOT to cross a canyon when the bridge is out -- how NOT to take a shortcut -- how NOT to cross a river -- and how NOT to set up camp. That makes him an excellent guide for all of us. And a most clever ending.

This book in the "I Can Read It All By Myself" continues to make us laugh -- from grandkids to grandpas!
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By L. K. Weiss on August 10, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This is just one of a series of old Berenstain Bear books which are sequential in nature and highly predictable. The stories are terrific, the characterizations clear, and they encourage problem solving from the child if the adult asks the right questions. Adult and kids alike will enjoy all of these which, in my opinion, are more compelling than the newer Berenstain Bear books. I am a language therapist and all of my younger students love these - they're disappointed when the final one is read! Run, don't walk to buy them!
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