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

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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.

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: AD640L (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 0.2 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 (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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We really enjoy most Berenstain Bears book because the lessons are appropriate and easy for my 4 year old to understand. Be prepared, however, because I thought this book was going to have the message that you don't get something each time you go to the store but actually, it expresses that it is OK to have something when you go to the store you just have to first decide what it is and you can only have that one thing. Which, you know, is good advice and all, but I guess I was a little surprised because I have found that usually the message expressed by the Berenstain Bears is that you should be thankful for what you already have. Anyhow, I suppose it makes sense because if you the parent are buying things for the household, or what could seem like for yourself through the eyes of a child, then it would seem unfair that they shouldn't receive a small token themselves. I suppose the book made me reconsider my attitude.
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I raised my daughter on The Berenstain Bears' books, and now she's asking for them for her children. I think the story lines are still pertinent to today. This book in particular helped when my daughter was going through the "Gimmies," and now it's helping our granddaughter develop self-control at the supermarket.
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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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This book is referred to constantly because my daughter as I'm sure alot of other children do, get that case of galloping gimmies that gets them in trouble. I just have to ask her what happened when brother and sister bear got the gimmies and she stops whining almost immediately. I love the lessons with Berenstain Bears!
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Many years ago, when my own kids were young, we had a huge collection of Berenstain Bears books and the kids loved them all. This one deals with kids throwing tantrums at the store when they want a treat. Like all the Berenstain Bear books, it gets the message across without lecturing.
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A timeless classic. This book is a fantastic example of the classic Berenstain Bears we grew up loving. Gimmies is a perfect example of how both parents and kids need to take a look in the mirror and remember how to act appropriately.
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