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The Birds, the Bees, and the Berenstain Bears Paperback – January 25, 2000

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What happens when Sister Bear noticies that Mama's lap is shrinking? No, it's not that Mama is eating too much salmon and honey comb. Mama is going to have a baby! With a little help from Mama and Dr. Gert, Sister learns about the birds and the bees...and sonograms, too!

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Series: First Time Books(R)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (January 25, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679889590
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679889595
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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46 of 51 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 25, 2004
Format: Paperback
I love Berenstain bears! That said, I couldn't believe how horribly they muddled a topic like birds and bees. If they didn't want to write about it, then they shouldn't have. Instead, they have mother have sister ask the doctor about it. It is a touchy enough subject without books like this implying to kids that it is such an embarassing topic that mothers shouldn't even talk to their kids about it, only doctors! The doctor then answers her questions vaguely by saying the baby comes out the "birth canal". Like that tells sister, or any kid reading it, any more than they already know! Then it ignores the topic. Jan and Stan could have easily written the book by glancing on the topic, and made a good book leaving out asking the doctor questions that weren't really answered. If they were going to talk about it, talk about it, instead of leaving parent and kid with a bad taste of - oh this stuff is too "embarasing" to even mention in a book. Nothing wrong with not mentioning it, just shouldn't mention it if they're just going to blush and avoid it. I think it makes the idea of the birds and the bees even scarier than our culture already has. It does not do this out of respect or sacredness of the topic, as it delves into it, just doesn't say anything about it, but lets talk about this topic but it's too scarry to really talk about in anything but vague terms. (giggle giggle) The way it is written reminds me of a bunch of middle schoolers trying to talk about something they feal they shouldn't and are to embarassed to say anything about!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 24, 2000
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I read this to both my girls, and the beginning is wonderful and age appropriate. However, in the middle of the book it goes into a birds and bees explanation that was completely confusing my daughters (4 and 7). They wanted to know what that had to do with the baby in my tummy. The answer is nothing, really, I felt it muddied the issue rather than clarifying. I also thought the cliffhanger was sort of a cheap trick to get us to buy another book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Klink80 on November 16, 2013
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This book really helped with the transition into bringing another baby home when my two girls were it for so long.
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By Toby Barnes on September 27, 2014
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Great book & story. The baby was neat. Mama Bear was cute when she was pregnant.
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By iTzWibble on November 8, 2014
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My 3 year old loves this. On her level. Not too graffic. She says its super fun.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Neen McClure on September 22, 2013
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I bought this for my 3 year old and have put it back on the shelf for when she is older. The subject is handled well and will be welcome in a couple of years.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Hurley on February 4, 2014
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These books just explain tough subjects in stories that really work for my grandchildren. Love them and continue to look forward tones ones
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By sarahvbk on December 22, 2013
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I agree with other reviewers in that the Berenstain's didn't do the best job on this book. My daughter is only 2 years old so I don't expect her to understand much about mommy being pregnant but this book was really no help at all. For very young children, the terms are probably just too advanced (my daughter knows what a tummy is but wouldn't have a clue where to look for a "birth canal"). For older children, they may not be like Sister Bear and be able to just accept what they are being told without lots of other questions. I also agree that the ending was a lame way to get you to buy the next book (which by the way, is much better).
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