The Berenstain Bears' Caring and Sharing Treasury #Review

I'm happy to be back with a new literary treasure from that beloved bear family that a lot of us grew up with and many of our kids still enjoy, today. In The Berenstain Bears' Caring and Sharing Treasury not only do children get to enjoy one story, but five of them all wrapped up into one great book.

Time after time the Living Lights, Berenstain Bears series has attracted young readers through creative and engaging stories that not only entertain but teach values and life lessons. Now, five of the series’ most loved books are available in a comprehensive bind-up.

Stan and Jan Berenstain introduced the first Berenstain Bear books in 1962. Mike Berenstain grew up watching his parents work together to write about and draw these lovable bears. Eventually he started drawing and writing about them too. Though Stan died in 2005, and Jan in 2012, Mike continues to create the delightful Bear adventures from the family home and studio in Pennsylvania, in an area that looks much like the sunny dirt road deep in Bear Country.

The illustrations are colorful and vibrant, depicting the fun loving bear family, including Papa, Mama, Sister, Brother, and Honey Bear. All five stories in The Berenstain Bears' Caring and Sharing Treasury contain examples of life lessons and important values that children (and even adults) should learn and remember. 

1) Jobs Around Town: Brother and Sister get a glimpse at the many jobs and duties of all those around them. As they travel through town, they realize how important those jobs are and how God has called each individual to their own talents. They soon begin wondering what the calling will be in their own lives. This story teaches children to enjoy what God calls them to do and to be helpful to others while doing it.

2) Get Involved: When Bear Country is threatened by flooding, the Bear family must come together to help others. This is a great story to help children understand the importance of being in service to those who are in need.

3) Love Their Neighbors: The Bear family has neighbors who aren't quite like them. Their differences cause them to think negatively about them. When the Bear family later finds themselves in trouble, it's those very same neighbors who end up being there for them. This story offers a nice example to children that they shouldn't always judge a book by its cover and to be accepting to those who may seem different than them.

4) Gossip Gang: Sister wants to fit in, so she engages in gossip with some of her friends. It isn't until she later on hears those same friends gossiping about her that she realizes how much it can hurt. Children will learn that negative talk and spreading rumors can damage friendships and hurt a lot feelings. The tongue can be a powerful weapon, so they must use it wisely. .

5) The Biggest Brag: Both Bother and Sister have a lot of great talents. Unfortunately, pride gets in the way, which ultimately leads to an argument. Gramps has to be the voice of reason reminding both bears that it's silly to argue over such things. This story teaches kids that while it's okay to be proud of their achievements, God doesn't want them to become boastful.

It's important to note that all five of these stories have already been individually released in the past, but The Berenstain Bears' Caring and Sharing Treasury simply includes them in one book that easier for children to take wherever they go. As always, the Berenstain Bear family will share several invaluable lessons with children that could be put to use in their own everyday lives. The fun activity and question section in the back of the book will also help them along the way.