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The Berenstain Bears and the Prize Pumpkin Paperback – September 12, 1990
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After hearing about Ben's "Monster" pumpkin, Papa and the cubs go spying on it, but Ben catches them in the act, thinking they're "prowlers in the pumpkin feild!", so they don't get a chance of seeing it.
Papa loses again (I think Ben cheated!), until Mama tells him about the spirit of Thanksgiving. Where's the jazz about the Pilgrims and the Native Americans!?
As in most of the Berenstain Bear stories, Papa displays his pettiness and other faults, much to the chagrin of Mama Bear.
But in the end, the family remembers what it means to give thanks and count your blessings:
"It wasn't until they reached the crest of a hill that overlooked Bear Country that Mama decided to have her say. 'I know you're disappointed. But third prize is nothing to be ashamed of. Besides, Thanksgiving isn't about contests and prizes. It's about giving thanks. And it seems to me we have a lot to be thankful for.' Perhaps it was Mama's lecture, or maybe it was how beautiful Bear Country looked in the sunset's rosy glow. But whatever the reason, Papa and the cubs began to understand what Mama was talking about."
Although Papa Bear's behavior and comments are eyebrow raising (as usual), the story has a wonderful moral and lovely illustrations (especially the sunset and nighttime scenes!).
I would recommend it to any child who needs to learn the value of day to day life and how to respect and love everything about it.
Those petty events are summed up in THE BERENSTAIN BEARS AND THE PRIZE PUMPKIN as Papa Bear gets caught up in growing the biggest pumpkin in Bear Country for a pumpkin contest the weekend before Thanksgiving. In the process, Papa totally forgets the true meaning of the holiday, but is reminded at the end by Mama and Sister Bear.
The book is a nice little story. However, for a book about Thanksgiving, it doesn't talk about giving thanks enough.
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As always, a great family learning here. Sometimes the prize is not what you expect.Published 21 months ago by S. Kessinger
Great gift and I love sending Berenstain Bears books to my young readers!!Published on July 28, 2014 by Betty
This is a good family book, especially if you've grown your own pumpkin. Great pictures and story, sure to be a traditional read in October.Published on November 6, 2011 by Lin Lin