“ Genre: Junior Books / Author: Berenstain / Paperback / Reading Level: Ages 4-8 / 32 Pages / Book is published 1990-03-27 by Random House USA Inc „
Ages 2 1/2 - 8
The Berenstain Bears First Time Books deal a variety of issues faced by most families and children in a humerous light hearted fashion. The Bear family, Mama, Papa, Sister and Brother face everday problems and solve them in a simple down to earth manner.
This issue deals with the subject of manners, but it is told in such a way, that it does not come across as a lesson but just as fun. My son (age 5) especially loves the parts where the bears manners are a bit lacking. Like most children he loves to see someone else misbehave, and this book never fails to bring laughter and giggles. Of course Mama helps the bears to remember their manners, and the cubs learn quite easily. Papa has a hard time, but eventually everyone learns a valuable lesson in manners and getting along with others. Of course that is not why my son asks for this book time and time again. He likely hasn't even noticed that he now uses "please" and "thank you" and even "excuse me" much more often - but I have. He just loves this book because it is so much fun.
My younger son (22 months) shows some interest in this book but I think it is a bit too old for him, and would reccomend the Berenstain Bears beginner books instead for babies and toddler.
The book has lovely illustrations throughout that clearly show the main ideas of the story. The Bear family are all familiar and well loved characters in our house, as I'm sure they will be in any family that gives them a try.
The authors of this book Stan And Jan Berenstain started out writing books on parenting, with titles such as "Be Good or I'll Belt You" and "How to Teach Children About God Without Scaring The Wits Out of Them". In 1962 they turned to writing for children with the help of Theodore Le Sig (Dr Seuss). I suspect they found it easier to instruct children then adults and thus began a famous career. I must say though, there is a great deal many parents, myself included can learn from the bears no nonsense down to earth approach to life.