Monday, December 12, 2011

"The Berenstain Bears Get Ready for Christmas" Review

About the book:  In this Berenstain Bears® Living Lights™ lift-the-flap book, the Bear cubs search for their collection of beautiful Christmas figures for their Nativity scene.

Thirteen fun lift-the-flaps reveal the many places that Mama has hidden these family 'bear'-looms.

About the authors:  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, Jan and Mike continue to create the delightful Bear adventures from their family home in Pennsylvania, in an area that looks much like the sunny dirt road deep in Bear Country.

My Take:

I don't know about you, but the Berenstain Bear books were among my very favorites when I was growing up. I still have several of these books, which I gave to my daughter just a few months ago, and she loves them.

So, I was excited to get a Berenstain Bear Christmas book to review! And so was my daughter. On top of it being a Christmas book and a Berenstain Bear book, it is also a lift-the-flap book, which my daughter really enjoys.

This particular book doesn’t have a lot of story to it, which is what the Berenstain Bear books are known for, but it is still a really cute book. The Bears search all over their house to find the different pieces of their Nativity scene. (This kind of reminds me of my own search every year for Christmas decorations in the basement…but not in a fun way!) Each piece is hidden behind a flap, and my daughter (she’s 2 ½ ) delighted to find all of the pieces to the manger scene.

I really appreciate that there are many Berenstain Bear books out there that include God and biblical truth in them.

When I asked her what she liked best about the book, my daughter said, “All of the pictures.” On the last page, she said, “They are playing with the manger scene!” I am not sure if she was excited about that or if she was afraid they were going to get into trouble for playing with it!

Since this book is simpler than other Berenstain Bear books, I would recommend it more for preschoolers. It is a nice, fun book for the Christmas season.

I will give The Berenstain Bears Get Ready for Christmas ... 3 ½ BookWorms.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Zondervan Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this is accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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