The Berenstain Bears: Say Their Prayers
Stan & Jan Berenstain with Mike Berenstain
Zonderkidz (2008)
ISBN 9780310712466
Reviewed by Cayden Aures (age 5) and Mom for Reader Views (12/09)

“The Berenstain Bears: Say Their Prayers” begins at bedtime as Brother and Sister are kneeling down by their bunk bed and saying their prayers.  Brother wonders as to why prayers are said and why some people don’t say any at all.  Mama tries to answer but Brother still has questions.  At the baseball game the next day Brother notices his cousin Fred praying on the pitcher’s mound and this causes him to inquire into the topic even further.  He learns that praying isn’t just for bedtime.

Cayden:  “I like The Berenstain Bears.  I liked that Brother and Sister had bunk beds and I hope that we get bunk beds sometime too!  My favorite part of the book was when they were at the baseball game and they had pictures of sharks on their shirts.  I liked the pictures in the book but some parts of the book I didn’t like because they were a little boring.”

Parent’s comments:
My son really enjoys The Berenstain Bears so I thought for sure that he would love “The Berenstain Bears: Say Their Prayers.”  For the most part he liked it, but I agree with him that it really seemed to drag in some places.  It just seemed like it was too wordy and the story would have held mine and my child’s interest more with a lower word count.  However, I do like that The Berenstain Bears books teach great lessons and “The Berenstain Bears: Say Their Prayers” was no exception.  My son also enjoyed the familiar characters and the illustrations.


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