“Whenever you’re worried, you should turn to God in prayer. You can always talk to the Lord and ask for strength and guidance,” Papa tells his bears in Mike Berenstain’s book, The Berenstain Bears School Time 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. Three Bible verses from Psalms, Proverbs, and Philippians are included.
This story involves Brother and Sister bears starting back to school after the long summer and Honey beginning nursery school. While Honey is worried about being away from home and her parents, Sister and Brother are concerned about the classes they have to take. Sister enjoys math but dislikes history, while Brother likes history but not math. Explaining their fears to their parents, they are reminded they are loved and that they should talk to God whenever needed or worried. When they came home from school the first day, the family prays for help with the children’s worries; the two young bears decide to help each other with the homework for subjects they do not like.
~ Why ~
This book is a good reminder for children getting ready to go back to school and are worried or concerned, reiterating that God can help them through the rough spots. I liked how it showed helping each other was a good solution to their problems. Having three discussion questions and three activities at the end of the book engage the child and parent on the topic further.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ will not understand praying to God when worried or in trouble. Some may not like the Biblical references or spiritual connotations in children’s books. 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 ~
Page numbers would be helpful for some readers learning their numbers.
~ Want ~
If you like the Berenstain Bears series, this one helps those dealing with fears and nervousness at school, reminding them to pray to God for calmness and support.
Thanks to the Z Blog Squad for providing this book for reading and reviewing.
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