Title: The Berenstain Bears Go Christmas Caroling
Author and Illustrator: Mike Berenstain
“As they drove through the night, an even merrier sound was heard–Christmas carols being joyfully sung,” states Mike Berenstain in his book, The Berenstain Bears Go Christmas Caroling.
~ 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 singing Christmas carols. 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. Four postcards, a holiday door banner, and a word-search game are included.
This story has the entire Berenstain family going on a sleigh ride and joining friends as Christmas carols are sung. Often the little bears ask what words in the holiday songs mean such as bob tails, King Wenceslas, figgy pudding, a yule, and lowing. At the end of the story, everyone meets at the chapel and sing more songs about Jesus’s birth.
~ Why ~
This book is a fun way to recall famous Christmas tunes that most of us know. I love the idea of explaining unusual words in the songs and adding the twelve cardstock postcards and doorknob card plus a word game. I appreciate the book promotes many songs about the nativity and does not mention Santa Claus.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ or celebrate His birth may not be interested in this read. Some may not like the Biblical references or spiritual connotations in the songs. Due to the two and three-syllable words, some beginner readers may struggle through the pages.
~ 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 Christmas carols, this is a great option that includes added bonuses a young one will enjoy.
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