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I’m sure I’m not the only one nostalgic for some Berenstain Bears, I grew up with the Berenstain family of Mama and Papa bear, brother and sister and honey bear! I was excited to find a volume of stories that I could share with my daughter as she grows up!
Written by: Jan, Stan and Mike Berenstain
Illustrated by: Mike Berenstain
Age Range: 4-8
Publisher: HarperFestival (May 5, 2015)
What you’ll find: Berenstain Bears, mama bear, papa bear, honey bear, country bears
With 12 short stories at five minutes or less, 5-Minute Berenstain Bears Stories is a great collection of feel-good stories that will warm the hearts of the whole family. While I’ve always loved the Berenstain Bears, I didn’t recognize any of the stories and these felt a little different for some reason. They are also remarkably short (nowhere near 5 minutes), and almost completely devoid of morals and lessons which I find a little frustrating. Many of the stories are set up in a way that could (and should) have a strong message at the end, but they sort of skip that part. The stories are still adorable and the family is as charming as always, but I do think they missed the mark with these stories!
Thankfully the art seemed consistent with the older books, still fun and lighthearted. The cover of the book is nice with a thick padded hardcover in the signature blue, red and yellow art.
Would I recommend: I don’t have a strong opinion on this, I think the stories are adorable, and having 12 of them in one book is great for space-saving so its a nice value, however, it’s not quite the nostalgic memory I was looking for. If you are a Berenstain Bears fan, I would keep an eye out for their older books instead (I still have mine from childhood)! However nostalgia aside, it is a great value of 12 feel-good stories under one cover!
What do you think? Is this book in your collection, or do you think you’ll add it? Let me know your thoughts below!
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