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  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 230L (What's this?)
  • Series: Beginner Books(R)
  • Hardcover: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (August 12, 1966)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394800419
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394800417
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,198 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Simple, rhyming text provides good practice for easy reading."--Kirkus.  

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With the forces of nature conspiring against them, Papa Bear perseveres and finds the perfect spot for the Bear family picnic.

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I love the original Berenstain Bears books and so do my kids.
JS
This book is a classic, my mother read it to me as a child and now I read it to my son.
Jenna from Mississippi
This book is a delightful read for both young and older children and adults alike.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 27, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This story was a favorite of our four children for many years!If you don't know it, check it out!
Papa Bear is an impetuousfellow. In this humorous and beautifully illustrated poem, he promises to take Mother Bear and their son "to the very best place in the world" for a picnic. The poem nicely lays out many examples of stalled thinking, and will encourage youngsters reading the book to check out their assumptions before they leap.
Papa Bear actually has a spot in mind where he and Mother Bear used to go. The only problem is . . . there's a smoky train that goes by that formerly idyllic spot now. Unwilling to admit that he may have been subject to the tradition stall (believing that things are unchangingly perfect), he charges off to try again. Before the Bear family is done, they will have found a big picnic full of other rowdy animals, mosquitos, trash in a dump, an airplane glide path, rain, and dangerous lightning.
Sure enough, they trudge home . . . and have their picnic on their dining room table. Which is a round about way of saying that there's no place like home.
Children will learn to question authority as well, having seen that Papa Bear can be so wrong.
These are a lot of good lessons in one short, enjoyable book.
Overcome your stalled thinking about how soon your children can start to improve their thinking with this book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 23, 2002
Format: Hardcover
The Bears' Picnic is a wonderful book for people of all ages. This story is about the Berenstain Bears going on a picnic and trying to find the perfect spot to set up and eat. Papa Bear insists that he knows all the best spots in Bear Country but everywhere they go and set up something bad happens. For instance, the first place they go is a nice little spot under a tree, but unfortunately the spot happens to be by railroad tracks. I bet you can guess what happens next! A train comes and smokes them out. That is just one of the many incidences that happens in the story.

I think almost every child would enjoy this book because it is full of surprises, just when you think the bears have found the perfect place to eat something goes wrong. I would recommend this book for kids from ages 2-7. It is also a good book for parents to read to their children, because I think many adults would enjoy it too. I'm 13 and I love this book, it's one of the best books I have ever read. Its funny rhyming patterns and words make it fun to read. I highly recommend you read this to your child or have your child read it, because it is really worth the time. I know you will enjoy this fantastic story by Stan and Jan Berenstain.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 30, 2002
Format: Hardcover
The Bears� Picnic by Stan and Jan Berenstain is a good book for children of all ages. The book was about a family of bears who were going on a picnic. But they couldn�t seem to find the right spot. Every time they went somewhere, something went wrong. First, they tried a spot where they used to go when they were young, but it was by a train. Next, they tried a quiet area that no one remembered except for Papa Bear, but that day there happened to be a big picnic there. Then they tried a spot by the pond that was great except that they got attacked by mosquitoes. When they got to a nice spot by a cliff, it turned out to be a dump. After dodging jets, and almost getting hit by lightning, do they ever find the perfect spot for a picnic? Read and find out. I thought this was a funny book brought on by the Bears� bad luck.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ulyyf on October 12, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Modern day Berenstain bear books aren't as good as the older ones, that's for sure. Go on too long, and they all have a treacly moral at the end, and they're just not funny.

This is one of the original. Now, the cover there shows the newer, cutesified bears, but inside it has the old illustrations - with claws!

Anyway, the story progresses just about how you'd expect. Papa Bear wants to go on a picnic, every place is perfect right up until it's NOT, and eventually he ends up back home. It's funny, it rhymes, and there's no moral gumming the story up.

Interestingly, not all the characters are bears. We've got some rabbits and monkeys and others in the mix as well.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 1, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I thought this book was cute for kids between the ages of 4-8. Its not a learning book, but its cute and it also rhymes, what kind of kid doesnt like a rhyming book? I read this book when i was younger, I thought it was so funny how they had to keep leaving the "perfect picnic spot". Now that I'm older I don't think its as funny. But it will keep any child occupied, i would recommend this book to any young child.
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HILARIOUS to kids. This was a book I read at my Grandma's house when I was a little girl. LOVED it then and love it now. One of my favorites for my kids collection.
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By Jennifer Sepulveda on February 13, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Fun read for little ones. GREAT rhyming words for beginning readers. Will definitely read again to my children. Love the bears-
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By Cucumber on January 19, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I agree, Home is the best place for picnic!!! I like the rhyming sentences and the happy ending. I love Berenstain stories.
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