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Berenstain Bears and Too Much TV Paperback – 1986

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Random House First Time Books (1986)
  • ASIN: B000MYXW3Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)

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By ChristineMM TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 23, 2000
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What a wonderful find. We were in a rut with my 3 year-old watching too much TV and I read this book to him. It was nice to read about Mama Bear thinking the kids are watching too much TV which is what I have taken to chanting lately. It is funny to realize it is a bit dated as they reference having had a black and white TV and now their current color TV has an antenna. No VCR, DVD, TV video games, cable, or satellites are mentioned here! For that matter, computers are never mentioned either (no "too much computer time"). But the main theme is true: as with these Bears, our kids should be outside more, talking to their parents more, not eating in front of the TV like a zombie, and could be reading books and newspapers more, and watching the stars at night. The Bears go without TV for one week and lo and behold are happy and enjoy each other all week long. I had to laugh when Papa Bear thought he could continue watching his sports even when the Bear Kids were banned from the TV. This is all-too-much like the scene in our home! At the end, when the Kids can watch TV, they prefer crafts and toys, and even Papa Bear tires of the TV and goes fishing instead. A note: the Bear Kids go to school and homework is seen in a negative light. Time off from school is portrayed as entertainment time rather than learning time. This is a different mindset than the homeschooling family (like us) usually has.
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This book is a delightful little story told and illustrated in the quality typical of the Berenstains. It has a clear message without being preachy, and presents the need to balance different activities in our lives. I purchased to give me a starting point to talk to my six-year-old-son about watching too much television, and I will say it fulfilled this purpose admirably. I don't think it's quite as entertaining to children as some of the Berenstains' other works, however. Still, an enjoyable story.
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I read the Berenstain Bears as a kid and liked them, so I bought a few for my son. However, many of them (including this one) have the same theme: Dad and the kids are doing something wrong. Mom (the only good one) tries to make them change. The kids do great, but Dad's a selfish idiot with no self-control who needs to be constantly corrected by the rest of the family.

Why has the meme from sitcoms reached into children's books? It wouldn't be offensive if it wasn't repeated in multiple books with completely different stories (junk food, manners, etc.).
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I loved the illustrations in the book and how mama bear was trying to show her family there is more to life than television. BUT when I read this book I couldn't really relate cause I was addicted to tv and it was hard not to be when it was always on. You can tell the book came out in the 80's too since there is no internet and brother bear is playing with a rubik's cube.
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When my children were small they loved the Berenstain books. It still is a great pleasure to see these books. One of their finest features is the appealing way the Bears are drawn. They are so bright and colorful.

The TV book is a good one, and it has an excellent lesson for the world's children. Too much sitting and watching T.V. dulls the mind and the heart. Children need more time to be outside playing, or with their parents, or reading books, or doing many other things.

This book may seem a bit dated as today the couch- potato distractions are more diverse( and perhaps Interactive) than T.V.

In any case this little book is a fine and amusing read for children and for parents alike.
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I'm so glad that my daughter (age 3) likes this book because I'm about to start a television detox in my home! She calls it the "naughty bears" book hehe. Sends a great message, that there's other things to do than sit and watch tv. Hopefully this will help us get back to watching tv a lot less without too much whining.
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By Alicia on January 14, 2016
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This is a serious issue with my daughter and it is great to be able to find a book that she listens to the story and moral of.

I loved these books and love that my daughter loves them. I am so glad that the older books are still in print and we can get them for her.
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TV -- and electronics of all kinds, even on the wrist now! So this book may be a bit outdated -- but the principle still applies. How do you get all members of your family doing a variety of activities, indoors and out? How do you get them talking over dinner to each other and reading books and playing games?

Turn off the TV for a week. And today we'll have to add the computer games! But Papa Bear, like so many men, feel that the TV time-out doesn't apply to him! Uh-oh. Papa is a creature of habit -- but the cubs, that's a different story. Unfortunately, as in so many of TV's portrayals of families today, the man gets the brunt of the laughs. Oh well -- that's how it is.

You can add to the value of this book by having family members give their ideas for what else they can do rather than just TV and computer games. And Mama Bear might admit, too, that she's hooked on Downton Abbey!
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