The Berenstain Bears and the Gift of Courage
Jan & Mike Berenstain
Reviewed by Madison Schlarman (age 4) and Mom for Reader Views (06/10)
Sister bear encounters the school bully! She is stunned and afraid and does not say anything. Others laugh and she is left embarrassed. That night brother bear picks the bedtime story about David and Goliath. Papa bear explains young David’s courage to his cubs. The next day, on the way to school, brother and sister catch the bullies ready to attack a bee hive. Sister bear puts on her courage and stands up to the bullies! This wonderful story of courage can be a tool to opening up and talking to your kids about a number of issues they will most likely face during their school years.
Madison: “Sister was afraid of Too Tall the bully. He was a mean bully who punches and teases kids. Sister used courage after the story of little David and big Goliath!”
Mom: This book opened up a huge opportunity for me to discuss important issues and the topic of courage with my daughter. I thought parts of the book encouraged violence a little more than I would have liked, but it enabled me to talk with Madison about when to use our bodies and when not too. I was able to explain courage in the way of her fears and worries right now. The discussion questions and topic ideas in the back are a great guide for parents to help jumpstart conversations about this book. As well, Madison asked me to read the book over and over again.
We recommend “The Berenstain Bears and the Gift of Courage.”
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