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The Berenstain Bears Get the Gimmies Paperback – October 22, 1988

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 640L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (October 22, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394805666
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394805665
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 7.9 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brother and Sister Bear want everything in sight, and they throw tantrums when they don't get what they want. Wisely Mama and Papa deal with this childhood malady by teaching the cubs about the family budget and the importance of appreciating all that they have already.  

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I love the lessons with Berenstain Bears!
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Children who read this book will begin to see that there are better ways to get what you want and that moderation is a good thing.
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This was a family favorite when I was a child and I am still enjoying it with my children today.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By csm TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 28, 2005
Format: Paperback
Again, Brother and Sister are in a fix and this time, they've got the galloping greedy gimmies. They want everything is sight when they go to the store and throw tantrums whenever mama and papa protest. One thing particularly interesting here is at one point, mama says no and then papa interrupts her and give the cubs what they were whining for. He just taught them to not pay any attention to their mother and that they can have anything they want or do what they please. How many adults can see themselves in that picture? However, mama is patient and tells papa that they are to blame for the cubs' greedy behavior and he finally sees the error of his ways. When grandma and grandpa come over, they offer a plan which is to have the cubs decide what they want before going to the store. I heartily disagree with the other reviewers which indicate that the child will get something each time they go to the store. That's not what they're teaching here in this book at all. What the Berenstain's are saying is to get the kids to think about what they actually need and buy that if they are allowed an item and nothing else. Not only does this get rid of the gimmies, but it also teaches them how to manage their money and not just grab everything they see off the shelf. In our house, we take it a step further and look for the best price on the item and if it is too expensive, we leave that store without the item and go to another one that is close by and purchase the item if we are going there anyway. Great lesson plan in spending here in this book, don't pass it by!

As a marketing manager, I found this book to be stellar in teaching management for kids. If there's no boundaries set in even the smallest things like the grocery store, then there will be mayhem on a much larger scale as well.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Catherine Hallberg on June 26, 2000
Format: Paperback
I preface this by saying that my children (5 and 3) love the Berenstain Bears, and this title is no exception. The overall message is good: people who want everything will never be satisfied. The main underlying message is good too: parents get *awfully* annoyed at being nagged for goodies. The plan the parents implement with the help of the grandbears, and the enthusiasm of the cubs works well for them. A similar version works well for my family too.
My only objection is the "superiority" the cubs seem to feel and don't hesitate to express about other "greedy cubs" after they have learned some control over their own greed. They parrot the parents when they see a cub throwing a tantrum and discuss how "embarrassing and awful" that behaviour is. Too bad. I'd rather see the cubs feel empathy for another, to understand how very similar they are to the others, even if they are currently displaying exemplary behaviour.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By M. Heiss on November 11, 2008
Format: Paperback
This has been one of those books that just sort of sat on the shelf and the kids looked at it. But now Mr. Big Reader First Grader is reading everything he can get his hands on to his younger brother, so it got my attention.

First off, and this is not the reason for the two star rating, the vocabulary is adult, the language is very colloquial, and it is DIFFICULT for little readers. I heaped praise on my little guy just for working his way through it.

Secondly, and this goes for all the Berenstain books, Papa Bear is not a calm or rational creature. In this book, he is overly indulgent, quick-tempered, and thoughtless. Mama Bear speaks to him like a child. I don't like the family dynamics.

Last, I was pleased with the lesson about counting our blessings and not demanding more, more, MORE. But that was erased because the bear family decided that every time they went to the store, Brother and Sister could decide on ONE TREAT EACH. So they cemented the expectation that going to the store equals getting a treat. This is the OPPOSITE of our family's practice, and I think reading this book may have set us back a few paces on family harmony.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 1, 2002
Format: Paperback
Does your child want everything in sight and cries and throws a fit if he or she doesn't get what they want? If so, this is the book for you to read to your child. It also teaches you, the adult, a way to take care of the "galloping gimmies."
It all starts when Sister bear and Brother bear go to the store with their parents. Sister and Brother want everything in sight and throw fits. This is so embarrassing to mama and papa bear so they kept buying things when their cubs throw fits. Big mistake! Now Brother and Sister were spoiled brats and Mama and Papa had to think of a way to solve this problem. That's when Granny and Gramps come over and tell a story about Papa bear when he was younger. Turns out he had the Gimmes too and they had figured out a way to solve it.
I think this story is great for youngsters and adults. It teaches children how to compromise with their parents and teaches the parents ways to stop their children from wanting everything and throwing fits. It also is full of fun just like all books by Stan and Jan Berenstain. Also if your looking for other books like this one, that teaches valuable lessons, you might want to check out some of the other books by these two marvelous writers.
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