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When Mama Bear decides her family spends too much time in front of the TV, she bans it for a week. Then the Bear family finds other ways to have fun and keep busy, so they watch less when TV is allowed again--and they don't even miss it.  

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."  


Stan and Jan planned all of their books together. They both wrote the stories and created the pictures.  They continued to live outside of Philadelphia in the country.  There are now over 300 Berenstain Bears books.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 630L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (April 12, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394865707
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394865706
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,501 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What a wonderful find. We were in a rut with my 3 year-old watching too much TV and I read this book to him. It was nice to read about Mama Bear thinking the kids are watching too much TV which is what I have taken to chanting lately. It is funny to realize it is a bit dated as they reference having had a black and white TV and now their current color TV has an antenna. No VCR, DVD, TV video games, cable, or satellites are mentioned here! For that matter, computers are never mentioned either (no "too much computer time"). But the main theme is true: as with these Bears, our kids should be outside more, talking to their parents more, not eating in front of the TV like a zombie, and could be reading books and newspapers more, and watching the stars at night. The Bears go without TV for one week and lo and behold are happy and enjoy each other all week long. I had to laugh when Papa Bear thought he could continue watching his sports even when the Bear Kids were banned from the TV. This is all-too-much like the scene in our home! At the end, when the Kids can watch TV, they prefer crafts and toys, and even Papa Bear tires of the TV and goes fishing instead. A note: the Bear Kids go to school and homework is seen in a negative light. Time off from school is portrayed as entertainment time rather than learning time. This is a different mindset than the homeschooling family (like us) usually has.
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This book is a delightful little story told and illustrated in the quality typical of the Berenstains. It has a clear message without being preachy, and presents the need to balance different activities in our lives. I purchased to give me a starting point to talk to my six-year-old-son about watching too much television, and I will say it fulfilled this purpose admirably. I don't think it's quite as entertaining to children as some of the Berenstains' other works, however. Still, an enjoyable story.
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When my children were small they loved the Berenstain books. It still is a great pleasure to see these books. One of their finest features is the appealing way the Bears are drawn. They are so bright and colorful.

The TV book is a good one, and it has an excellent lesson for the world's children. Too much sitting and watching T.V. dulls the mind and the heart. Children need more time to be outside playing, or with their parents, or reading books, or doing many other things.

This book may seem a bit dated as today the couch- potato distractions are more diverse( and perhaps Interactive) than T.V.

In any case this little book is a fine and amusing read for children and for parents alike.
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I loved the illustrations in the book and how mama bear was trying to show her family there is more to life than television. BUT when I read this book I couldn't really relate cause I was addicted to tv and it was hard not to be when it was always on. You can tell the book came out in the 80's too since there is no internet and brother bear is playing with a rubik's cube.
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We watch TV- videos only- and it certainly can be a nice adjunct to other activities in life. OTOH, it needs to be just that- an adjunct to life. If my children start to watch TV out of habit I get the idea that there are lots of other things that can be done- watch the stars, learn to knit- all those things the Bears do during their TV free week.
My 5 yo loves these books, and they provide a nice starting point for discussing such things as "too much tv" or other minor things that come up in our lives. They don't provide all the answers, and don't necessarily sway opinion around here, but communication needs to start somewhere. This series of books manages to make it relevent for my children.
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I read the Berenstain Bears as a kid and liked them, so I bought a few for my son. However, many of them (including this one) have the same theme: Dad and the kids are doing something wrong. Mom (the only good one) tries to make them change. The kids do great, but Dad's a selfish idiot with no self-control who needs to be constantly corrected by the rest of the family.

Why has the meme from sitcoms reached into children's books? It wouldn't be offensive if it wasn't repeated in multiple books with completely different stories (junk food, manners, etc.).
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This book is good especially for this jnew generation of kids. It starts when all the family besides mama bear start wastching TV way too much. It tells the importance of limiting how much you watch TV. I think it is a good book for children ages 2-9 yrs. old.
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This is a Berenstain Bears story that does not deviate too much from the usual formula. Mama sees a problem with her family and wisely and gently devises a way to solve it that works forever. But oh what a magical formula it is! These books are wonderful for kids because they can relate to the cubs and to the colorful illustrations, and wonderful for parents because it covers issues that may be a problem in everyday life. This one, for instance, deals with Papa and the cubs watching too much TV. Mama doesn't spank or yell, she comes up with a way for them to reconnect as a family and involve Sister and Brother in other activities.

I read these books as a child and still love them as an adult. I am now the mother of a three year-old boy and a special ed teacher. All of my kids love these books. They are clean and old-fashioned while still entertaining. A rather rare thing to find and worth every minute of your time!
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