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The Berenstain Bears and the Joy of Giving Paperback – June 5, 2010
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From the Back Cover
In The Berenstain Bears and The Joy of Giving Brother and Sister Bear can't wait for Christmas and all the presents they'll open. But during the Christmas pageant something special happens! The Bear cubs learn a very valuable lesson about the joy of giving to others.
About the Author
Stan and Jan Berenstain introduced the first Berenstain Bear books in 1962. Mike Berenstain grew up watching his parents work together to write about and draw these lovable bears. Eventually he started drawing and writing about them too. Though Stan died in 2005, and Jan in 2012, Mike continues to create the delightful Bear adventures from his studio in Pennsylvania, in an area that looks much like the sunny dirt road deep in Bear Country.
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Jesus & the nativity are central to the story. I'm all about teaching my son that giving is more important than receiving, but not in the context of religion. Cute book & great lesson if the Christian bent works for your family.
That being said, I have read many, many more Berenstain Bear books as my son has grown. I prefer the older Stan and Jan books overall over Mike's own books. The stories are better, although Papa Bear does seem to yell a lot. The newer (Mike only) books seem to cover the same ideas in multiple books. They also seem to really focus on how great mom is, but nothing that I've seen so far celebrating Papa Bear. What gives?
My son doesn't seem to have the same problem I do, but he does prefer the older ones too. This may just be due to the fact there are more older than newer stories. I think he will like the Joy of Giving more now than last year, as he is now three and more aware of Christmas/presents/celebrations and more into the Berenstain Bears.