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The Berenstain Bears and the Big Spelling Bee Paperback – June 26, 2007


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperFestival (June 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060573864
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060573867
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 8 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #765,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Stan and Jan Berenstain were already successful cartoonists for magazines and adult humor books when they began writing children's books. The first story starring the bear family, The Big Honey Hunt, appeared in 1962. Since then, more than 370 Berenstain Bears books have been published, and more than 300 million copies have been sold. What began as an idea sparked by their young sons' love of reading has become over the years arguably the best-selling children's book series ever.

Since their inception, the Berenstain Bears stories have expanded to include picture books, beginning readers, and chapter books--even a hit TV show on PBS. Writing and illustrating the books has become a Berenstain family affair. Mike joined with his parents as a creative team in the late 1980s. The Bear family has expanded over the years as well. Sister Bear arrived in 1974, and baby Honey joined the family in 2000.

Though Stan died in 2005 and Jan in 2012, Mike continues to create the delightful Berenstain Bear adventures from his studio in Pennsylvania.



Stan and Jan Berenstain were already successful cartoonists for magazines and adult humor books when they began writing children's books. The first story starring the bear family, The Big Honey Hunt, appeared in 1962. Since then, more than 250 Berenstain Bears books have been published, and more than 260 million copies have been sold. What began as an idea sparked by their young sons' interest in children's books has become over the years arguably the best-selling children's book series ever.

Since their inception, the Berenstain Bears stories have expanded to include picture books, beginning readers, and chapter books—even a hit TV show on PBS. Writing and illustrating the books has become a Berenstain family affair. Mike joined with his parents as a creative team in the late 1980s. The Bear family has expanded over the years as well. Sister Bear arrived in 1974, and baby Honey joined the family in 2000.

Since Stan's death at age eighty-two in 2005, Jan and Mike have continued to write and illustrate wonderful new adventures for Mama, Papa, Brother, Sister, and Honey Bear. They live in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, which looks a lot like Bear Country.



Mike Berenstain lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where he continues to write and illustrate wonderful new adventures for Mama, Papa, Brother, Sister, and Honey Bear.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By mom o'twins on January 18, 2013
Format: Paperback
The first paragraph describes Sister Bear as having trouble with math and science, but doing very well in language arts. Brother Bear struggles in language arts but does well in math and science. As a physician, scientist, mother of boy/girl twins and someone who struggled and watched fellow female students struggle against academic sexism in the sciences, I THOUGHT MY HAIR WOULD CATCH ON FIRE when I read this. Seriously, Hulk smash. If you want to avoid blatant gender stereotyping that undercuts children's perceptions of their own abilities, then don't buy this book. I don't know how or when this trash got into our house, but I do know it's going into the recycling bin today.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Vrieze on July 24, 2007
Format: Paperback
Sister Bear just won the school's warm up spelling Bee contest. Now everyone knows about it including Papa. Papa is so excited that he forces her to learn more words. She cannot even go play with her friends. He drills the words into her. At first he thought she could handle the pressure, but at the end he realizes he was only using Sister to give himself delight she should have had.
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By I Love Amazon on April 11, 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I never realized how much the BB books are written for adult humor a well as kids. I love the book:)
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By csm TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 14, 2008
Format: Paperback
When Sister surprisingly wins the school spelling bee, Papa takes over and gets overly excited. When Sister has to spell "vicarious" then that's when Papa realizes that he is doing that very thing with Sister. What a great lesson for parents reading the story, along with helping children learn to read rather large words. My little one picked this one out himself and started reading it. Great book, very interesting, with an adult lesson as well. And, if you're used to the Berenstains, son Mike is helping out with this one so the drawings are a little more modern than other Berenstain books. Great book, loved in this house, highly recommend!
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