Brother and Sister Bear try to welcome the new cub in town by taking him to school on his first day. They quickly learn that Ferdy Factual, son of the famous scientist Actual Factual, is brilliant at math, science, and chess—but he isn’t good at making friends. With the help and patience of the Bear family, Ferdy will finally come to realize that there may be more to school than just books.
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Starring Papa Bear, Mama Bear, Sister Bear, and Brother Bear, the books quickly became popular for their evocative drawings and simple explanations of wholesome themes. The stories sold more than 200 million copies worldwide and have been adapted as movies, television shows, and amusement park attractions. The Berenstains’ younger son, Mike, has overseen the series since his parents passed away, ensuring that it will continue to be popular with each new generation of young readers.
Stan Berenstain (1923–2005) and Jan Berenstain (1923–2012) were a husband-and-wife cartooning team best known for creating the internationally beloved Berenstain Bears. Both born in Philadelphia, they met on the first day of art school, and were married after World War II. Inspired by their children’s love for Dr. Seuss, the Berenstains created a cartoon version of their own family, and with The Big Honey Hunt (1962) began a series that would stretch to more than two hundred volumes. Starring Papa Bear, Mama Bear, Sister Bear, and Brother Bear, the books quickly became popular for their evocative drawings and simple explanations of wholesome themes. The stories sold more than 200 million copies worldwide and have been adapted as movies, television shows, and amusement park attractions. The Berenstains’ younger son, Mike, has overseen the series since his parents passed away, ensuring that it will continue to be popular with each new generation of young readers.
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The Berenstain Bears and the Nerdy Nephew
By Stan Berenstain, Jan Berenstain
OPEN ROAD INTEGRATED MEDIACopyright © 1993 Berenstain Enterprises, Inc.
All rights reserved.
New Cub in Town
One fall evening, as the sun set and the moon rose over the Bear family's tree house, the Bears were gathered in the living room. Each was doing something different. Mama sat on the sofa going through the week's expenses. Sister had her schoolbooks spread out on the floor and was doing homework. Both had half an ear tuned in to what was going on between Papa and Brother. That seemed much more interesting. Papa sat in his big easy chair. He was looking at a math test that Brother had brought home for him to sign.
"C-minus isn't up to your standard, Son," Papa said with a frown. "You're usually pretty good at math. What went wrong?"
"Well," said Brother, "it was a surprise quiz, and I've been pretty busy lately. You know there's football practice and the chess team. And I'm cramming for the quiz bowl."
"Do you think that maybe you're trying to do a little too much?" asked Papa.
"But I'm going for the All-Around Cub award this year and —"
"That's a fine goal," said Papa. "But if this paper is any sign, you might end up being the All-Around Washout. What would you think of that?"
Just then the phone rang. Papa reached for it.
"Saved by the bell," Sister whispered to Brother.
"Phew!" he said.
"Why, hello, Professor," Papa said. He sounded surprised.
Sister said, "It must be Professor Actual Factual. I wonder what he's calling about."
"Beats me," said Brother.
Professor Actual Factual was Bear Country's leading scientist. He was also the head of the famous Bearsonian Institution. He was a good friend of the Bear family. But he didn't telephone the Bears — or anyone — very often. He was much too busy with his studies and experiments at the museum. So Papa and the rest of the family were quite surprised when he called.
"Hmm," Papa said into the telephone. "Yes, Professor, I see. Of course. Brother and Sister will be glad to help. You can count on us, Professor. Good night."
Mama and the cubs were almost exploding with curiosity as Papa hung up. "Well, what was that about?" they asked all together.
Papa scratched his head. He looked a bit puzzled. "Dear, did you know that Actual Factual has a brother?" he asked Mama.
"No," she said. She raised her eyebrows. "And?"
"And the brother has a wife and a son," said Papa.
"And?" said Mama.
"And both the brother and his wife are scientists. They work in faraway places and dig up stuff."
"And that's why Actual Factual called — just to tell us that?" asked Mama.
"No," said Papa. "It seems the brother and his wife are going far away on a 'dig.' And they have sent their son to live with Actual Factual for a while. Little Ferdinand — his nickname is Ferdy — will be going to Bear Country School. The professor wants Brother and Sister to introduce him around school."
"You can do that, can't you?" Mama asked the cubs.
"Sure," said Brother. "We'll pick him up tomorrow morning on the way to school."
"Thanks, cubs," said Papa with a smile. "Professor Actual Factual has done so many good things for Bear Country over the years. It will be nice to have a chance to help him out."CHAPTER 2
A Walk on the Nerdy Side
The next morning, Brother and Sister stopped by Cousin Fred's house first to pick him up. Then the three cubs headed for the Bearsonian Institution.
Professor Actual Factual and his nephew were just coming out the front door when the cubs arrived. The professor waved to them and hurried down the path. He didn't seem to notice that his nephew was taking his own good time in following.
To the cubs, little Ferdy looked like a smaller version of his uncle. He wore thick glasses, a tweed knicker suit, a maroon cap, a turtleneck, and leggings.
"Hello, cubs," said the professor. "I would like you to meet my nephew, Ferdinand Factual. Ferdy, I'd like you to meet your new friends, Brother, Sister, and Cousin —" The professor stopped speaking when he saw that Ferdy was still only halfway up the path. "Please excuse Ferdy," he whispered. "Perhaps he's a bit nervous about meeting you."
But as they watched Ferdy get closer, the cubs didn't think he looked a bit nervous. He walked slowly, with his hands in his pockets and a bored look on his face. The cubs could see Ferdy was in no great hurry to meet them.
"Ferdy," said Actual Factual again once his nephew reached them. "I'd like you to meet Brother, Sister, and their cousin Fred." The cubs each gave Ferdy a big smile. Then they put out their hands to shake. Ferdy's hands stayed right where they were — in his jacket pockets. And he kept right on looking bored.
"Which of you is which?" he asked. He looked coolly from one cub to another.
"This is Sister, this is Brother, and I'm Fred," answered Cousin Fred.
"Well, shall we get on with it?" said Ferdy. He looked down the road. "I'm most curious about the 'school experience.'"
The four continued on their way to school. Sister asked Ferdy what he had meant about being curious about the "school experience."
"Oh, I've never been to school in my life," said Ferdy.
"My goodness!" cried Sister. "You're going to need a lot of help with everything: reading, writing, math —"
"Oh, my parents taught me all that when I was half your age," said Ferdy. "They're top scientists, you know. Father is a paleontologist and Mother is an archaeologist. I'm sure they are better teachers than you could find in any school." He said the last word as if it meant something totally worthless. "Do you know what a paleontologist is?"
Cousin Fred started to answer. One of his hobbies was reading the dictionary for fun. So of course he knew what a paleontologist was.
But Ferdy held up a hand and said, "I asked Sister." Brother looked at Ferdy. He could tell that the new cub was trying to embarrass her.
Sister frowned. She thought hard for a moment. "Pail-ee-on-tol-o-gist," she said. "Someone who makes pails?"
Ferdy smiled for the first time since the cubs had met him. Then he threw back his head and laughed out loud. "Ha-ha-ha!" he roared. Tears formed in his eyes. "Someone who makes pails! That's priceless! And I suppose an ark-ee-ol-o-gist is someone who makes ships? He-he-he!" He wiped his eyes. "I guess you haven't learned those words in school yet. Right?"
"Paleontologist: a scientist who studies fossils," said Cousin Fred. He sounded angry. "And an archaeologist is someone who finds and studies artifacts from the past."
Ferdy looked surprised. "Not bad," he said to Fred. "What's your IQ?"
Fred shrugged. "I'm not sure. What's yours?"
"Oh, you're better off not knowing," said Ferdy, yawning. Then he added, "It's off the charts."
Sister didn't like being laughed at. Not one bit. She was about to tell Ferdy so. But she remembered she was supposed to be helping the professor. So she smiled and said, "Which one of your parents makes the fossils?"
"Studies fossils," said Ferdy. "As I already said, that's Father. And what does your father do?"
"He's a carpenter," answered Sister proudly. "He makes tables and chairs and stuff."
"Oh?" Ferdy chuckled. He looked down his nose at Sister. "What is his specialty: tables, chairs, or stuff?"
Brother was so angry at Ferdy for making fun of Papa that he stopped and grabbed Ferdy's arm. "My papa's good at everything!" he snapped.
The bored look on Ferdy's face didn't change. "Would you mind letting go of my arm, Brother?" he said coolly. "There is no need to be uncivilized."
"Sorry," Brother mumbled. He let go. "Let's just drop the subject."
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Table of Contents
Contents1. New Cub in Town,
2. A Walk on the Nerdy Side,
3. Ferdy Meets Too-Tall,
4. Who or Whom?,
5. Recess Rowdies,
6. The Last Angry Cub,
7. How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the Angles,
8. An Uplifting Demonstration,
9. All in Fun,
10. If I Had a Lever,
11. Abuse a Nerd, Get Suspended,
12. Oh, to Be a Football Hero,
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This story is about three bears that offer to help Ferdy around school, since he has never attended a school. Brother and sister bear do not realize the problems they will face when they agree to help professor Actual Factual¿s super-smart nephew fit in to school. The next day, brother and sister bear along with their cousin go and pick up Ferdy at his house to go to school. On their walk to school, Ferdy possesses a `snotty¿ look on his face, which no one could figure out. That day at school a group of `big-bad-tough bears¿ decided their next victim was going to be Ferdy. For the whole day, Ferdy was the object of their `joking.¿ Litlle did Ferdy know that a young girl bear hung out with these `big-bad-tough bears¿. Ferdy found her attractive, as she did him. This could cause a problem. During Ferdy¿s first class, he kept finding things wrong that the teacher was teaching. He was an extremely intelligent bear. Everyone started getting annoyed because Ferdy would raise his hand the mintue he found a mistake. Following class, the `big-bad-tough bears¿ found Ferdy at recess and decided that they would give him a hard time. Later, brother and sister bear found out that no one liked Ferdy. All the bears thought that Ferdy was stuck up and snobby. So brother and sister bear told cousin bear and they all three decided that they would take turns on watching over Ferdy. The following day at recess, the `big-bad-tough bears¿ started thowing balls at Ferdy again, this time there were consequences involved. One of the bears was susupended from playing in the big football that was taking place that weekend. For some reason the next day Ferdy was in a good mood¿ he went to school and talked to the football coach about putting the suspended bear in the game. The coach agreed and let the bear play in the game. When the game came, the bear that was suspended concluded that Ferdy was the real star of the game. Everyone picked up Ferdy and praised him! Then all of the sudden, Ferdy was dropped by one the players on the football team, everyone started laughing and picking on him again. -cole draper