Title: The Berenstain Bears Hugs and Kisses Sticker & Activity Book
Authors and Illustrators: Jan & Mike Berenstain
“Use the code to find out what the Bible says about love,” the instructions state in Jan and Mike Berenstain’s book, The Berenstain Bears Hugs and Kisses Sticker & Activity Book.
~ What ~
Part of the Berenstain Bears / Living Lights series, this unnumbered thirty-two-page oversized paperback targets children four to eight years old, especially those who like games, puzzles, and activities of the well-known family of bears and the subject of love and God. Included at the back of the book are over fifty reusable stickers.
Set up as an activity book for Valentine’s Day, the pages are filled with projects related to the Berenstain bear family and love. There are mazes, counting, patterns, alphabet games, finding objects, following lines, crossword and word puzzles, spotting differences, matching seasons, key coding, connect the dots, coloring, and attaching stickers.
~ Why ~
This is a fun activity book during the “love” holiday for young ones as there are so many different things to do. I like the colorful designs, and how many of the activities encompass the theme of compassion and love involving the Berenstain Bear family. Several of the games incorporate grandparents, parents, siblings, and friends. Topics from the Bible include God’s creation, Noah’s ark and verses from I Corinthians 13 and I John 4.
~ Why Not ~
Since the book is aimed at beginner to early readers, those in the four-to-five year age bracket may not know how to do some of the tasks regarding crosswords or key coding. Those who do not correlate Valentine’s Day with God and His love may not like this book although there are few religious references. The stickers are a little hard to remove but are reusable.
~ 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 ~
With some of the more difficult activities, the book should be for six to eight-year-olds. It would have been nice to add a few cut-out Valentines to give to others.
~ Want ~
If your child likes the Berenstain Bears series, he or she will be creatively occupied with this activity book during Valentine’s Day. While a four-year-old may want to play with the stickers and color, older children will enjoy the more complex games and puzzles.
Thanks to the Z Blog Squad for this book that I am evaluating freely.
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