In The Berenstain Bears Friendship Blessings Collection, Jan and Mike Berenstain writes five stories revolving around the Bear family to teach precious life lessons from a Christian worldview. Each story is prefaced by a Bible verse and concludes with a series of questions that recap the story’s main idea and suggestions for further action to reinforce the lessons taught. In The Perfect Fishing Spot, the story speaks to the need to heed wise advice. In Reap the Harvest, Brother and Sister take on a summer job and earn money from their hard work. In Faithful Friends, Sister learns the lesson of making new friends and treasuring old ones. In Kindness Counts, Brother meets a young friend and mentors him just as Papa did with him. In God Made You Special, Brother and Sister meet a new friend and learn how to accept each person’s uniqueness. The stories are suitable for young readers in the early elementary grades and toddlers reading along with their parents.
I would recommend this book to young readers who love reading the adventures of the Bear family. In addition to bright illustrations and well-constructed plotlines, the stories are embedded with valuable life lessons that are important for children to internalize at a young age. Instead of simply writing stories with Christian values, I appreciate how even the characters’ conversations include quotes from the Bible which helps children understand how God’s Word is integral to our everyday lives.
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