- Age Range: 5 - 6 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 2
- Lexile Measure: 710 (What's this?)
- Series: First Time Books
- School & Library Binding: 32 pages
- Publisher: Turtleback Books; Bound for Schools & Libraries ed. edition (September 3, 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0833565451
- ISBN-13: 978-0833565457
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.5 x 11.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,190,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Berenstain Bears Don't Pollute (Anymore) (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (First Time Books) School & Library Binding – September 3, 1991
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If you have to purchase a replacement book from your local library that has a THICK hardcover, maybe this is what you were looking for:
Not only is RegentBook the correct booking binding publisher for the book at my local library, but they were a couple of bucks cheaper that Amazon! Switch publishers, Amazon!
I enjoy the Berenstain Bears, I have always liked the lessons that they taught growing up and now I enjoy teaching them to my own children. I will always recommend these stories, even if some of them don't make since sometimes due to the easy-to-read plans. You cannot go wrong with this bear family.
Father Bear reads an article by Professor Actual Factual in the local newspaper, warning that Bear Country is in serious trouble because of pollution. Papa Bear responds "piffle". After all, he tells the cubs, look how beautiful it is outside our door!
Brother Bear points out that the beautiful colors of the sunset they're seeing is actually a result of harmful chemicals.
"Piffle", Father Bear again replies.
Brother Bear must do a report on endangered species, but the library books aren't much help. He decides to visit Prof. Actual Factual at the museum. While all looked well outside the Bear family stoop, other parts of Bear Country weren't so lovely: a fish is caught in a plastic soda can holder, Grizzly Gus--the local mechanic--dumps oil in the stream (causing the deaths of fish), and black smoke poured out of the chimney's at the old box factory.
The siblings ask Prof. Factual to come speak at their school. Inspired by the Professor's talk about the environment, the kids brainstorm ideas for recycling and cleaning up pollution--finally deciding to create the Earthsavers Club.
This is a great book for Earth Day or for teaching children about the consequences of pollution and using resources without replacing them. (For example, Papa Bear cuts down trees--but doesn't replace them by planting new ones.) He eventually joins the community environmental bandwagon--but only AFTER a bad dream. (This isn't the first time that a bad dream is the sole catalyst for change in a Berenstain Bear book: The Berenstain Bears and the Green-Eyed Monster is yet another example.
So Papa Bear doesn't get reformed by considering the ramifications of his actions--only because he has a dream that trees are chasing him!
Personally, I'd have liked to see Papa Bear change his mind because he realizes the error of his ways--not because he's being pressured to kowtow to popular opinion or, worse, just because he had a bad dream!
Still, it's an excellent book about personal responsibility and exercising stewardship over this beautiful earth by protecting its resources and advocating change wherever you're at.