Title: The Berenstain Bears Bless Our Pets
Author and Illustrator: Mike Berenstain
“Lord, we ask that you bless and protect this pet who gives such great joy and is cared for and loved in return. We ask this in Jesus’ name,” Preacher Brown prays over the animals in Mike Berenstain’s book, The Berenstain Bears Bless Our Pets.
~ 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. No Bible verses are listed, but there are a few references as well as part of a hymn.
In this story, Preacher Brown plans a Blessing of the Animals ceremony at the bears’ church. While the Berenstain bears bring their dog, cat, goldfish, and parakeet, other animals such as lizards, snakes, turtles, farm animals, mice, and a crab attend. The pastor’s large dog starts a ruckus that involves all the animals until they are calmed down by one word. The ending includes a word search puzzle.
~ Why ~
This book reminds children that God watches not only over us but also over His entire creation including our pets. It promotes the Berenstain family is involved in taking care and loving their pets. I like the preacher’s reminder that God’s eye is on the sparrow as He watches over us too.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ will not understand asking God for blessings. Some may disagree with the concept that pets can be blessed by God as humans are. 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. I am unsure about blessing a pet as I do not know of any Biblical references regarding it.
~ Want ~
If you like the Berenstain Bears series, this one may be enjoyed if you have no issue participating in a ceremony asking God to bless your pet.
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