The Berenstain Bears' Old-Fashioned Christmas

The Berenstain Bears' Old-Fashioned Christmas

by Jan Berenstain, Mike Berenstain
     
 

Christmastime is here! The Bear family is visiting Grizzly Gramps and Gran for the special holiday. This year they're going to celebrate the old-fashioned way! With no TV to watch or video games to play, the cubs enjoy learning all about Gran's Christmas figurines, listening to Gramps's player piano, and even cutting down their own tree. Decorating the house and

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Overview

Christmastime is here! The Bear family is visiting Grizzly Gramps and Gran for the special holiday. This year they're going to celebrate the old-fashioned way! With no TV to watch or video games to play, the cubs enjoy learning all about Gran's Christmas figurines, listening to Gramps's player piano, and even cutting down their own tree. Decorating the house and singing merry Yuletide songs fills everyone with the holiday spirit. This is Christmas the way it was meant to be celebrated.

Join the Berenstain Bears for a Christmas to remember.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
When the Berenstain Bear cubs arrive at their grandparents’ house for Christmas, they are dismayed when Gramps unplugs the TV. “There are lots of other things to do at Christmastime,” he explains. So they chop down their Christmas tree, make Christmas ornaments, and visit farm animals in a stable that looks like the one in Bethlehem. Readers may be intrigued to try the homespun projects, included with simple directions, though they will also be relieved to see that an “Old-Fashioned Christmas” doesn’t exclude presents under the tree. Ages 4–8. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Heather Welsh
The Berenstains are honoring the traditions of the past this Christmas. That means no television or electronics and lots of family time together. At first, the cubs are not sure what to do with themselves. After all, what is a family get-together without television and video games to pass the time? Gran and Gramps are about to teach the cubs that there are so many more interesting things to do. For example, singing carols in front of a genuine player piano, cutting down and decorating their own tree, making animal treats for birds and squirrels, and making gingerbread bear cookies that resemble each member of the family. The cubs approach these new activities with trepidation, but end up enjoying themselves so much that they almost forget about their favorite part: the presents! In fact, they had so much fun that they cannot wait to do it again next year! The book gives examples of how to complete some of the activities. For example, it lists the lyrics to "The Twelve Days of Christmas" and "Jingle Bells" and how to make your own ornaments for the tree and treats for outdoor animals. This would be a great idea-generator for read aloud time. It also is a good segue into talking about the value of spending time together instead of glued to the television during the holidays. Reviewer: Heather Welsh

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060574437
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/25/2012
Series:
Berenstain Bears Series
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
378,817
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Stan and Jan Berenstain were already successful cartoonists for magazines and adult humor books when they began writing children's books. The first story starring the bear family, The Big Honey Hunt, appeared in 1962. Since then, more than 370 Berenstain Bears books have been published, and more than 300 million copies have been sold. What began as an idea sparked by their young sons' love of reading has become over the years arguably the best-selling children's book series ever.

Since their inception, the Berenstain Bears stories have expanded to include picture books, beginning readers, and chapter books--even a hit TV show on PBS. Writing and illustrating the books has become a Berenstain family affair. Mike joined with his parents as a creative team in the late 1980s. The Bear family has expanded over the years as well. Sister Bear arrived in 1974, and baby Honey joined the family in 2000.

Though Stan died in 2005 and Jan in 2012, Mike continues to create the delightful Berenstain Bear adventures from his studio in Pennsylvania.

Stan and Jan Berenstain were already successful cartoonists for magazines and adult humor books when they began writing children's books. The first story starring the bear family, The Big Honey Hunt, appeared in 1962. Since then, more than 370 Berenstain Bears books have been published, and more than 300 million copies have been sold. What began as an idea sparked by their young sons' love of reading has become over the years arguably the best-selling children's book series ever.

Since their inception, the Berenstain Bears stories have expanded to include picture books, beginning readers, and chapter books--even a hit TV show on PBS. Writing and illustrating the books has become a Berenstain family affair. Mike joined with his parents as a creative team in the late 1980s. The Bear family has expanded over the years as well. Sister Bear arrived in 1974, and baby Honey joined the family in 2000.

Though Stan died in 2005 and Jan in 2012, Mike continues to create the delightful Berenstain Bear adventures from his studio in Pennsylvania.

Mike Berenstain lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where he continues to write and illustrate wonderful new adventures for Mama, Papa, Brother, Sister, and Honey Bear.

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