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The Berenstain Bears and the Truth Paperback – September 12, 1983

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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: 680L (What's this?)
  • Series: First Time Books(R)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (September 12, 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394856406
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394856407
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 0.1 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (192 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 28, 2000
Format: Paperback
Our family enjoys this book because it uses a common situation (a lamp broken by a ball kicked in the house) to illustrate the importance of telling the truth. Especially appealling was the end- where the cubs learn that mother is more concerned with their honestey than their accidents. The message is that we don't need to be perfect, but we do need to tell the truth.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By boxwood100 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 28, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is a great book! It teaches about lying but in a funny way. One of the lines paraphrased says that "and they cubs told the biggest whopper ever told in Bear County." That always gets a laugh in our house - "whopper" is quite funny to a toddler! But after you explain it, it has a new meaning and really provides a way to explain lying. This book has brother and sister playing ball in the house when they're not supposed to and wind up breaking mama's favorite lamp. Then, they lie about it and lose mama's trust. After they apologize, they don't do it again but they learn that they have to regain their mother's trust in their word all over again. It's a fantastic book to teach about lying and the results thereof.

I highly recommend this book -it's read almost nightly in our house.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Emilia Palaveeva on February 26, 2001
Format: Paperback
The Berenstain Bears books are my son's favorite this month (preferences at this age die quickly). Each of the books has a nice story to tell, with a morale that is not hard to communicate to a 3 or 4 year old. The good illustrations make reading the stories fun and the format of thebook is perfect for travel, when you don't need a 5 pound children's treasury to carry along as well.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By IloveRainbows on August 28, 2006
Format: Paperback
Wonderful! This book shows Brother and Sister are bored. Sister mentions some ideas, but Brother doesn't want to do any of them. Finally Brother tries to kick his soccer ball past Sister, but she blocks it. It knocks over Mama's favorite lamp. The cubs try to come up with a huge tale about what happened, but they never get the story straight. Finally they learn that honesty is better than lying.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Carol L. Kwan on December 9, 2008
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When my 4-year old daughter started lying constantly we tried everything - lectures, books from the library about lying, loss of privileges, etc. When I found this book and read it to her, it was like a light bulb went off in her head. She finally understood and the lying stopped almost overnight. I'd recommend this book to any parent having trouble with a young child telling lies.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 26, 2001
Format: Paperback
The Berenstain Bears and the Truth is a wonderful story for children of any ages. It teaches children a very important lesson,always to tell the truth no matter what and if a lie is told, it would always come back to haunt you. I greatly recommend this book for children.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Missy on February 27, 2002
Format: Paperback
When brother and sister are playing soccer in the house they end up breaking mama's favorite lamp! They try making up a lie to get of of the blame. But can they keep their story straight>?
This book teaches kids how it is better to tell the truth and not to lie no matter what they have done. It is a great lesson to me learned and I suggest it for any child!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James F. on January 14, 2008
Format: Paperback
I remember the Berenstain bears fondly from my childhood. The books are entertaining with nice illustrations, bright colors and the always interesting...talking bears. They introduce life lessons without being overly preachy about. Our two year-old remembers the lessons and we use them regularly to remind him when he slips up. He is just figuring out how to lie ("mommy didn't give me vitamin yet"). He understands when we compare what he says to the book he knows so well. We've got a bunch of these books and we plan to get all of them!
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