Title: The Berenstain Bears: God Bless Our Country
Author and Illustrator: Mike Berenstain
“We believe that it was God’s will that our new country came to be. And it gave folks from all over the world a place to go where they could to be truly free,” Papa explains in Mike Berenstain’s book, The Berenstain Bears: God Bless Our Country.
Part of the Berenstain Bears / Living Lights series, this unnumbered twenty-four page paperback targets children four to eight years old, especially those that like short stories about bears with Biblical references. With no profanity or scary scenes, the book contains simple sentence structures with a few multi-syllable words that may be more complicated for beginner readers.
Following in his parents’ footsteps of their lovable, friendly bears, Mike Berenstain is author and illustrator with colorful, expressive artworks on every page with easy-to-decipher wording in black.
Using the New International Version of the Bible, a verse taken from Matthew is on the title page after a page to fill in the book owner’s information. Sixteen r0und stickers are included in the middle of the book with depictions of the bears enjoying the July Fourth. The back inside jacket cover has three questions and two activities to discuss and do regarding the holiday.
In this short tale during summertime in Bear Country, Brother, Sister, and Honey Bear are playing in the yard, anticipating the upcoming Fourth of July parade. The children decorate their bikes with streamers and ribbons while Mama sews flags, and Papa tries on his old army uniform that is too tight.
During snack time, the parents tell the cubs the special day is America’s birthday. Papa explains its settlers not wanting to be ruled by a king, writing the Declaration of Independence, and fighting for freedom. Mama adds that God brought them to a land of milk and honey.
The morning of the Fourth, the parade begins when Mayor Honeypot gives the signal. The bears on bikes are followed by uniformed singing patriots and a marching band. Many floats pass by with several awards giving out, including one to Brother, Sister, and Honey for being patriotic. At the end of the day, Papa says, “God bless our country!” and everyone gives thanks to God.
With the fun stickers, discussion questions, and activities that involve drawing, decorating, and thanking God, this book for young ones remembering America’s birthday and the freedom we have.
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