“And that’s what’s most important to us moms – to have our children around us,” Mama tells her cubs in Mike Berenstain’s book, The Berenstain Bears Mother’s Day Blessings.
~ What ~
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 of the well-known family of bears. With no profanity or scary scenes, the story has colorful, expressive illustrations on every page. Due to some complicated wording, it would best be read out loud to beginner readers.
This story involves Sister and Brother wanting to do something special for their mother on Mother’s Day. When the day comes, they tell their mom her surprise will be given to her after church. While driving to the Chapel in the Woods, Mama points out the many mothers they see who are working, yet their children bring them gifts and flowers. This includes moms that work for the police, hospital, emergency crews, farms, junkyards, and church. The last page includes two discussion questions and three suggested activities.
~ Why ~
This is an innocuous book to remind children how special mothers are everywhere, no matter what they do. I like the concept that showed the parents want to be with their children on this special day. The activities mention not only moms and grandmoms but also others that need love too.
~ Why Not ~
With the book focusing on Mother’s Day, it mainly discusses mothers’ vocations, not showing the parent how much they are truly loved on the day dedicated to them. Due to the extensive writing, some beginner readers may struggle with some of the complicated wording
~ Who ~
Since Stan and Jan passed away years ago, their son Mike continues to follow in his parents’ footsteps with the Berenstain Bear series and products. He lives in Pennsylvania.
~ Wish ~
I wish the verse mentioning mothers being a vine was listed. Page numbers would be helpful for some readers learning their numbers.
~ Want ~
If you like the Berenstain Bears series, this one that promotes mothers being visited when they work on Mother’s Day may spark more conversations about the holiday.
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