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The Big Honey Hunt, 50th Anniversary Edition (The Berenstain Bears) Hardcover – September 12, 1962
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If you only know the Bear family though some of their more recent books, you might be surprised to learn that the first few Berenstain Bears books aren't about problem-solving at all. Instead, they are rhyming books about life in what later came to be know as "the tree house down a sunny dirt road in Bear Country."
In the very first book, an empty honey pot sends Papa Bear and Small Bear (later to be known as Brother Bear) on a quest for some honey. Mama tells them to get it at the honey store, conveniently located just outside the front door. Papa Bear, however, has grander plans.
"Not at the store. Oh, no, Small Bear. If a bear is smart, If a bear knows how, He goes on a honey hunt. Watch me now!" If you've read any of the Bears' adventures, you'll know that of course Papa's grand plans backfire. He and Small Bear end up hiding in a pond to escape a swarm of angry bees. On the last page, Mama watches with a knowing smile as Papa buys honey from the store.
There's one person in my family who cringes every time a new Bear book shows up on the night's list of requested reading. My husband doesn't like to see Papa always portrayed as a buffoon. Sometimes, just to make my husband feel better, I'll let Papa be the sensible one and Mama be the comic relief.
Small Bear and Dad Bear go in search of honey. Mother tells them to go to the honey store, but Dad Bear has a better idea. They go in search of a honey tree. One mishap after another, they finally find their honey - only, where a bear finds honey, he also finds BEES.
Dad is clever, though, and they manage to escape unscathed... and they come home with honey, too!
A fun book, and great for beginning readers.
We also love the Bears Picnic, and Bears Vacation - two classics that even I highly recommend! : )
The little bear and his dad go out to get honey, but of course they eschew the honey store *right next to their house* and go on, surprise, a honey hunt.
You can already tell that this Will Not End Well. After a series of predictable mishaps, they end up (predictably) buying honey at the store after all, much to the delight of the little ones.
This one is a *little* long for toddlers. Save it for the older pre-readers, or the ones learning to read.
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Nice story. I'm a beekeeper so it made a nice gift for a child.Published 1 month ago by William J. Mondjack
When my girls were little we had a few of the Berenstain Bears book. In fact we had a small book that my oldest daughter read every night - before she could read. Read morePublished 3 months ago by A. Yen
If your child likes funny stories, the Berenstain Bears are the best!Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
It's been a favorite of all my children for read-aloud before bedtime. This is the third copy and third child. Phrases from this book crop up in family conversation.Published 7 months ago by AJ Reviews
As a beekeeper, I was thrilled to find a copy of this book at our local Goodwill. When I brought it home I couldn't wait to read it to my 5 year old. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Butterfly bookworm