Wednesday, November 27, 2013

"The Berenstain Bears Thanksgiving Blessings" Review

Ride along with the Bear family on Thanksgiving Day as Brother and Sister learn about all the things they—and YOU—can be thankful for ... including faith, family, and the huge feast waiting for them at the end of their journey to Gramp's and Gran's. Includes a sheet of colorful stickers featuring the whole Bear family.
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My Take:
“Over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house we go!”
This is a song that my parents and I used to sing every time we travelled to my grandparents’ houses during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. I have great memories of the fun, family, and faith that went along with each of these celebrations.
In this Berenstain Bears book – Thanksgiving Blessings – the Bear Family is thankful for many things on Thanksgiving Day. Among these are faith and freedom and family and friends. The Bears ponder these things as Papa Bear tells the history of how the Europeans first came to America and why they came. He also talks of being thankful for work and play.
As the Bears arrive at Grizzly Gramps’ and Gran’s house for Thanksgiving dinner, they are even more mindful than they were at the start of their journey of how many Thanksgiving Blessings they have.
This story is another good one in the collection of Berenstain Bears holiday books that have been released over the last few years. There is not too much of a story here but rather an explanation of various blessings to be thankful for during this time of year. However, my four-year-old daughter enjoyed it, and she also really liked the stickers that were included with the book. Her favorite part of the book was the song “Over the River and Through the Woods,” which, of course, I sang to her as we read the book.
I thought the content was appropriate for ages 4-8, which is the age range given for this book. It explains the history of Thanksgiving and mentions the Native Bears as sharing food for the first feast. It also mentions that the most wonderful blessings of all are family and friends. I would say that the most wonderful blessing of all is eternal life in heaven and a joyful life on Earth through Christ, but I see the point that the book is trying to make.
The Berenstain Bears are a favorite of mine, and I think this little book is a good addition to our Bears library.
I will give The Berenstain Bears Thanksgiving Blessings … 4 BookWorms.
The Berenstain Bears Thanksgiving Blessings
by Mike Berenstain
Publication date: August 20, 2013

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Zonderkidz. 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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