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The Berenstain Bears in the Dark (First Time Books) Paperback – August 12, 1982

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After a scary bedtime story, Sister Bear is too frightened of the dark to shut her eyes. "Sound psychological advice and a night light help Sister conquer her fears. Children will empathize with Sister Bear in this well-written story."--"School Library Journal.

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 360 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 one of the best-selling children's book series ever.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 690L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (August 12, 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679820329
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394854434
  • ASIN: 0394854438
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,065 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Kid's Review on October 2, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book is about brother bear and sister bear going to the library to get some books. When they arrived home it was reading time and brother bear scared sister bear reading her his scary book he checked out. That night sister bear couldn't fall asleep because she was scared so papa bear gave her a nightlight. That helped her fall asleep and she wasn't scared of the dark anymore. The lesson this book teaches is to not be afraid of the dark. It's a good book and I recommend it for children ages 3-10.
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Stan and Jan Berenstain turned out some of their finest books during the early 1980s, and The Berenstain Bears In the Dark is certainly one of their best. A best-seller since its release (now almost 20 years ago) there is a simple reason for its success: the book tells a wonderfully beautiful and fun story but one that is also very true to life. In the book, a night light is placed in the cubs' bedroom because of Sister's fear of the dark. By the end of the book, though, the reader sees that Brother (who argued against the "babyish" light) actually is in need of the night light as much or more than his sister. It is a fun story for kids and one that can be very useful for parents. The story is great and the illustrations are classic Berenstain Bears. This is a personal favorite that I remember from my own childhood and one I will continue to read for years to come! If you have not read it or do not own a copy, get one today, YOU WON'T BE DISAPPOINTED!
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When my grandson started having nightmares when he came to stay with me, I immediately thought of this classic book. The Berenstain Bears were a most popular series when my kids were growing up in the 80s. I enjoyed reading them because they were thoughtful, well-written, beautifully illustrated, and easy to read aloud. The kids find them fun and easy to connect to - even today. I am happy to say that my grandson has been getting better overcoming his fears at night and loves this book! That could be also attributed to The Nightmare Solution: Simple, Creative Methods for Working Out Your Dream Problems book which his mother has recently started to work through with him.
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My daughter couldn't afford to buy my grand kids books and they love reading. I am not able to do a lot of "extra spending" either but want the children to love books like I do and have the opportunity to have some. I was so glad to find these and at such a wonderful price. I was able to get the kids each several books of their own and they were so glad to get them to! Go Nanny!!! I will be buying some more for them too!!
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We raised 3 children on Berenstain Bears, and they now have families of their own. Each is successful in their chosen life, and we have no doubt Berenstain Bears played a part in it. This order was copies for my grandson, and Christmas morning he will open the 2nd generations exploration of this wonderful group of books.
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I must have been about four or five when my mom first read this to me and my sister. It was definitely a favorite, as were all the Berestain Bears books! One thing that I loved about it was that after a restless night, Papa Bear explains to Sister how letting your imagination take charge at the wrong time is what often leads to irrational fears, even for adults. She learns that what most often, what is scary looking in the dark is really harmless once the lights are on. This helped me a lot as a little girl. Definitely recommended for any parent with children!
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beautifully written. I am enjoying it as much as my 4 yr old. I was worried a book like this would scare him more, but that is not the case. This book helped him to understand that he is not the only one who is afraid of the dark, and he can control his imagination.
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By S.S. on December 1, 2014
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I loved the Berenstain Bears as a kid and thought my kids would enjoy them too. This was a Christmas gift and they liked the book Because they also don't like the dark. It also comes with stickers inside.
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