“’You see,’ Mama began, ‘some angels are the messengers of God,’” is explained in Mike Berenstain’s book, The Berenstain Bears and the Christmas Angels.
~ What ~
Part of the Berenstain Bears / Living Lights series, this unnumbered twenty-four-page paperback targets children four to eight years old, especially those who like short stories of the well-known family of bears discussing the birth of Jesus and angels. 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. Two Bible verses are written out, and a list of six Bible chapters that involve angels are included at the back of the book.
This story involves Brother, Sister, and Honey going out to play in the snow. Wanting to make a snowbear, they cannot decide if it should look like a typical one or a modern-looking design. When Honey makes a snow angel, they start building a Christmas snow angel with wings, halo, and a harp. Taking a break, the three go inside the house where Mama and Papa discuss the angel Gabriel telling Mary about Jesus’s birth, the celestial beings singing to the shepherds, and when they told Joseph and Mary to flee to Egypt. The endinging has Bible chapters to look up regarding angels interacting with Jacob, Gideon, Elijah, Daniel, Peter, and during the Apocalypse.
~ Why ~
This book is an innocuous way to introduce to childreen the characteristics of angels who convey messenges, bring good news, or alert of danger. With the extra six angels’ actions to look up in the Bible, it stimulates a child’s interest in knowing more about God’s interesting creatures.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ or celebrate His birth may not be interested in this book. Some may not like the Biblical references or spiritual connotations. Due to the two and three-syllable words, some beginner readers may struggle through the pages.
~ 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 ~
For those who like the Berenstain Bears series, this one that centers on angels and their purpose during Christ’s birth and other events in the Bible would be an informative selection.
Thanks to the Z Blog Squad for providing this book for reading and reviewing.
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