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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 160L (What's this?)
  • Series: Beginner Books(R)
  • Hardcover: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Beginner Books (August 12, 1968)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394800524
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394800523
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Illus. in full color. Papa Bear demonstrates his seaside safety rules--with disastrous results.  

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She loved these stories... Fun and funny a joy to read for a young person.
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This was one of my favorite books as a child, and I bought this to share with my own children to encourage their love of reading.
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I think it is the best in the Beginner Books Berenstain Bears collection (we have them all).
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 29, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Many youngsters will take their first trip to the beach this summer. The Berenstain have this wonderful book for your child to learn the basics of safety at the ocean (or even a lake).
The family drives to the cottage they will be staying in. Gentle waves lap near the cottage. Mama Bear says to Little Bear, "Stay where I can see you." Papa Bear responds by taking Little Bear by the paw to show him where the danger is.
Here are the rules that Papa bear teaches: (1) Obey all warning signs. (2) Look first. Then dive into the water if it is clear. (3) While surfing, beware of all rocks. (4) Watch your step (there are many sharp shells and objects at the shore). (5) Watch what you touch! It may be alive! (6) In a boat, keep a sharp look out. (7) While exploring underwater, stay out of caves.
Now, create a beginning reader that simply relates these rules, and no child will ever finish it or pay any attention. The Berenstains have created a wonderful Vaudeville act by Papa Bear to exemplify why these are good rules. First, he hangs his towel on a sign, so doesn't see the warning that there is strong undertow until it pulls him out and he has to be saved with a life bouy thrown by Little Bear. Then, he ignores a twig that Little Bear points out in the water. The twig ends up being attached to a sunken log, and Papa Bear is banged up by the collision during his dive. Next, Papa Bear ignores the rocks that Little Bear points out on the beach. Sure enough, a big wave comes along and crashes them and their surfboard into those rocks. Papa Bear ends up walking on large turtles. He goes on to take the sail boat into the path of a large liner, and barely escapes.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jim Carson on July 17, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Before Little Bear can enjoy the beach, he must learn some safety rules. Little bear plays the straight man, er, bear, to Papa Bear.
For example, when surfing, Papa Bear tells Little Bear to look out for rocks. Little Bear points out rocks, but Papa Bear says they're the surf's "too far away" as a wave comes and sweeps them onto .. the rocks. Papa bear then says "On the other hand..."
I think this is a great book for a toddler because they can pick up the sense of ironic contradiction. Papa bear tells Little Bear a rule, tries to overlook it, gets in trouble, then spins it to be a perfect example of why that rule's a rule.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 2, 1997
Format: Hardcover
What a wonderful, witty story! Papa's at his best trying to teach Small Bear safety tips but still always getting into trouble. A great simple reader for beginners
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Christopher C Gunsel on June 2, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I searched and searched the attic of my parents home but could not find it. Now that I have a son of my own, there was no way his library was going to be without Bears' Vacation. It is a treasure to me, and hopefully one for him, as the humorous yet deeply affectionate relationship between father and son is evident. It was probably the colors, the illustrations, that drew me to the Berenstains works as a child. Now my favorite in the series is my son's to keep as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sherry on December 2, 2013
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I read this book so often to my kids when they were little that I had most of it memorized. It was one of our favorite books. Now that I have a five month old grand baby I wanted to have this book again to read to her. I ordered two of them so we could both have one.
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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 Kiri on May 19, 2013
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This is just one of those books that your child will love forever and all three of my boys do!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S W on March 12, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
This book is good because Papa Bear shows Small Bear how to be safe at the beach in a funny but educational way.
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