Title: The Berenstain Bears and the Joy of Giving
Author: Jan and Mike Berenstain
Year published: 2010
Number of pages: 29
Recommended age: 3 to 10
Reviewed by Guest Reviewers: Dawn from Dawn’s Disaster and her daughter, The Big One (5)
Summary (from Amazon): In The Berenstain Bears and the Joy of Giving, Brother and Sister Bear can’t wait for Christmas and all the presents they’ll open. But during the Christmas Eve pageant, something special happens! The Bear cubs learn a very valuable lesson about the joy of giving to others.
What it’s About: The Bears only care about getting their own presents and not what they are getting Sister and Brother. Then, when Sister is a camel, they realize how important it is to give each other presents. I’ll bet they even wished they could go buy the better presents for each other!
My Thoughts: My favorite part of the book was when Sister and Brother Bear put the money in the pot. I like doing that, too.
My Bottom Line: Yes, I will read it again. I think it was great!
Daughter's Rating: ★★★★½
What it’s about: The story is about Brother and Sister Bear learning the meaning of “giving”. They are each given money to purchase gifts for one another, but are told that the left over money can be used however they want. Like any other kid, they are ecstatic to be able to buy something for themselves after buying for their sibling. They spend a little on the other so that they have leftover money. During the Christmas Eve Pageant, they realize how wonderful it is to give instead of only get.
My thoughts: The book has a good moral for a child of any age. It is a book that can be read over and over, not only during the Holiday season.
My bottom line: I would recommend this book to children of all ages. Both girls enjoyed listening to it.
Mom's Rating: ★★★★½
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