Saturday, April 25, 2015

Book Review: The Berenstain Bears God Made You Special

The Berenstain Bears God Made You Special (Berenstain Bears/Living Lights)
By Mike Berenstain
Publisher: Zonderkidz
Published: Dec. 23, 2014
ASIN: 9780310734833

Amazon Synopsis:

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” Matthew 5:8

In this newest 8x8 softcover title in the Berenstain Bears Living Lights collection, the Bruins join the Bear family for a cookout and bring their cousin Tommy along. It isn’t long before the cubs start up a game of baseball and Sister soon notices that Tommy doesn’t play like the rest of the group. When Sister asks about Tommy, Mama takes the opportunity to talk to Sister about how God makes each of us unique in our own way. And that we all have special gifts and talents to share with the folks around us.

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My Thoughts:

This newest addition to the Berenstain Bears book collection has an important lesson for all of us to learn. The Berenstain Bears God Made You Special reminds us we are all important to God and He has made each of us special.

I liked that to us adults while we recognize that Tommy would be considered a special needs child, he is considered to be gifted by God in his own way. This provides Tommy with dignity and reasons for us to respect and embrace us just as we would anyone else in our society. No one should be made to feel inferior because they learn or play differently or more slowly than the rest of the group.

I thought it was great when the Lizzy, her brother and the other bears joined Tommy and Honey in their game of tag. They had such a great time together just having fun running around and one another.

I also liked the section on the inside of the back cover titled “Activities and Questions From Brother and Sister Bear”. I thought the questions and activities were helpful for thinking about how others are gifted by God and then showing appreciation or recognition of that gift to that person.

As in all the Berenstain Bear books, each page is filled with the trademark colourful Berenstain Bear pictures. I liked the way the text is always backed with white, ensuring a good contrast for the text making for easy reading.

If you’re a Berenstain Bears fan, you’ll love this one too. I highly recommend The Berenstain Bears God Mad You Special. I rated it 5 stars out of 5.

About the Author:

Mike Berenstain grew up watching his parents, Stan and Jan, working together to write and draw these lovable bears. Eventually he started drawing and writing about them too. Mike is married to Andrea and they have three children. They live in Pennsylvania, in an area that looks a lot like Bear Country.

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