Title: The Berenstain Bears and the Biggest Brag Author: Mike Berenstain
“But Brother and Sister still felt they had to be the best at everything, and they went right on with their bragging, boasting ways,” Mike Berenstain writes in his children’s book, The Berenstain Bears and the Biggest Brag.
Part of the Living Lights Berenstain Bear series, this unnumbered twenty-five page paperback targets children four to eight years old, especially those that like Biblical-based short stories about bears. Containing simple sentence structures, a few multi-syllable words may be more complicated for beginner readers. The New International Version of the Holy Bible is referenced.
With no profanity or scary scenes, colorful cartoon drawings cover the pages with expressive faces on bears showing emotions. Wording is easy to decipher in black against white or sky-colored backgrounds.
In this short tale, Brother and Sister Bear often compete against each other, trying to outdo the other. Whether it is schoolwork, sports, art, music, or work, one challenges the other as they brag about their feats and accomplishments.
With their parents reminding them they are talented and should not envy, one day the two cubs rest on a hillside, noticing the cloud shapes in the sky. As Sister envisions a big puffy sheep-looking cloud, Brother comments he sees a galloping white horse. Sister points out a dragon, and Brother trumps it with a knight in armor fighting the dragon. The one-up-man-ship escalates to pirates, space, the solar system, and Kuiper Belt.
When Grizzly Gramps hears their ongoing boasting, he states he sees two faces of the biggest bragging fools in the clouds. Quoting from the Bible about strife and pride, he suggests the kids should stop bragging.
The back inside cover includes three questions about the topic of bragging and being proud along with two activities encouraging to put others above oneself and focus on the talents God gives us.
As a quick read for young ones, this story helps children learn that bragging and being prideful is wrong according to the Bible. A good lesson is learn in a fun but innocuous way.
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