Berenstain Bears Learn About Heaven (Living Lights)
Sister and her friend have questions about what heaven is like. After talking to Brother and Cousin Fred about it, they visit Gran. She pulls out her Bible and reads passages that describe what heaven is like. On Sunday the pastor at church speaks of heaven, God and the angels that live in heaven and how those who have faith in Jesus Christ like a little child will live there with God and the Lamb and other believers one day. I think it is a sweet story. I do think it allows enough gray area for the beliefs of differing protestant denominations to be taught to the youngest. ~Judy
The stories of Mama, Papa, Brother, Sister, and Honey Bear have been favorites of children for years! Readers have followed Brother and Sister Bear to school, have seen them play with friends, and watched them build a tree house (other than the quaint tree that the Bear family calls home!) After growing up reading all the Berenstain Bears books, I'm thrilled to see a new series with a Christian element. Most story books for children don't have much substance in the way of moral teaching, but this new series definitely spans the gap. As an added bonus, the end of each book has a discussion section entitled “Activities and Questions from Brother and Sister Bear.” This is a two part section that facilitates discussions and challenges children to do something related to the theme of the respective stories. If you want your cubs to read wholesome books for entertainment, there is by far no better series—and this is from a cub who was raised reading these books. Pb. – John
This classic storybook series was one of my favorites growing up. For those who don't know, The Berenstain Bears are a fun family of bears, Mama, Papa, Sister, and Brother Bear (and sometimes baby Honey), who live in a tree house and have all sorts of adventures. The colorful pictures and fairly easy to read text make them perfect for both story time and independent reading for kids. The cool thing about these books is that Brother and Sister Bear (and even sometimes Mama and Papa or other friends) learn some kind of lesson in each story that readers could easily apply to their own life. With the charming stories, cute characters, colorful illustrations, and valuable lessons taught, this series has become a classic for a reason. Books can be enjoyed independently and in any order. About 32 pgs, pb. ~Rachel
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