The Berenstain Bears: Kindness Counts By Jan Berenstain

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    Brother Bear becomes a member of the Bear Country Rocket Club thanks to a little kindness from Billy. Childrens Books Wasn’t prepared for bible thumping with my toddler Childrens Books What a good lesson to learn and teach. Childrens Books Naturally I despised the unnecessary religious overtones but I admittedly liked the story and overall message. Childrens Books After reading, discuss concept of doing a kindness without expecting a reward. Childrens Books

    Beautifully brilliant book!

    I don't have kids but as a storyteller, I often narrate stories for kids. I loved reading this. An eloquent, effortlessly told tale about one of life's greatest lessons: kindness. Also loved the vibrant illustrations, especially the foundational verse of scripture featured as a picture on the bears' wall! #brilliant

    Kindness Counts was my introduction to the Berenstein Bears/Living Lights series and I can see why the series became so popular! If you have kids ages 4-8, I highly recommend the series.
    Childrens Books This book is written by the son of the original Berenstains. Be warned: there is a Bible verse in the middle of the story. Which makes it an odd choice for a kindergarten teacher to give for a birthday gift.

    But, one thing I noticed about the old series is how many examples of bad behavior they introduce before a quick lesson. I've read that little kids don't pick up on that kind of structure and instead tend to learn how not to behave. In this one, all the characters do the right thing the first time and it works out great! Childrens Books Kindness Counts is an installment in the Berenstain Bear's Living Lights line. And the Living Lights line is a mindbogglingly nonsensical and oftentimes offensive bundle of shit.

    Stan Berenstain was a Jew. His wife, Jan, was an Episcopalian (Christian). Hence the reason religion was not part of the Berenstain Bears for many, many years.

    Right up until Stan died. At that point, his son Mike took his place as partner to his mother... and promptly shoehorned a Christian moral into every goddamned thing ever. Makes me wonder how his Jewish father would react.

    The Living Lights line, then, is the center of this explosion of Christianity into the series. There is so much wrong with this, I hardly know where to start.

    If you want to read your children Christian-themed books, go for it. If Mike Berenstain wants to write Christian-themed books, he should go for it, too. What he should not be doing is redefining a decades-old and much beloved series, shoehorning religion into a setting where it has never been and does not belong, and thus excluding vast percentages of the population. Did he stop to think about the Jewish fans of the Berenstain Bears? The Pagan fans? The athiest, antitheist, or agnostic fans? The Muslim, Hindu, or Buddhist fans? The [insert other religion, spirituality, or philosophy here] fans? I'm thinking he didn't, or else he just didn't care.

    If you want to teach Christianity as a religion, go for it. The Living Lights series endeavors to teach aspects of Christianity to children, and that's totally cool. If that's your deal, go for it. The Living Lights series has The Berenstsain Bears: God Loves You!, The Berenstain Bears Go to Sunday School, The Berenstain Bears Say Their Prayers, The Berenstain Bears Discover God's Creation, The Berenstain Bears Show God's Love, Berenstain Bears Storybook Bible, and The Berenstain Bears: Here's the Church, Here's the Steeple, among others, to suit all your at-home worship needs.

    If you want to teach people lessons about kindness, friendship, hard work and perseverance, community involvement, and the like, go for it...

    But don't tell put those lessons under the heading Christian.
    Those are not Christian morals. The lesson of not being an asshole has nothing whatsoever to do with the Abrahamic god, the Hindu gods, the Greek gods, or any other god, spirit, or entity that humanity has ever worshiped. To imply that kindness and community are somehow Christian in nature is to imply that non-Christians lack these morals or traits, and that can be described as nothing other than offensive.

    For decades, the Berenstain Bears didn't have a problem with this. Sure, I disagreed with quite a number of their morals, finding them laughably stereotypical, condescending, and/or overly simplified. But they were morals that encompass their audience as a heterogeneous culture, not a homogeneous creed. They didn't seek to exclude anyone or to address any one group specifically. And they certainly didn't subtly imply that one group is somehow morally superior to everyone else that has ever existed.

    The Living Lights series, or at least the half that isn't directly dealing with the Abrahamic god or Christian worship, is downright rude. So here's an FYI: Kindness Counts for all people, not just the people who worship your particular deity or read your particular religious text. Childrens Books Read for my toddler’s bedtime. Brother bear liked to build model airplanes. His dad taught him so when a little boy bear named Billy came along and wanted to learn from him, he decided to help. Billy crashed his airplane but he had a good attitude about it. He allowed Billy to help him fixed it. Later there was a group of big bears launching rockets and he wanted to be part of it. They at first rejected him because he was too young for it but one guy from the group decided to be nice to brother bear because he was nice to his cousin Billy.

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    I like how Brother Bear is sharing with a bear younger than him, and I like how the rocket club lets Brother Bear help. - from a 6 year-old girl from Minnesota Childrens Books

    Teaching your child about kindness can be challenging. In this addition to the Living Lights™ series of Berenstain Bears books, young readers will learn how to treat others with kindness. Children will discover ways to implement traditional values and share God’s goodness.

    The Berenstain Bears: Kindness Counts— part of the popular Zonderkidz Living Lights™ series of books—is perfect for:


    Early readers, ages 4-8
    Reading out loud at home or in a classroom
    Starting conversations with children about kindness, generosity, and grace
    The Berenstain Bears: Kindness Counts:


    Features the hand-drawn artwork of the Berenstain family
    Continues in the much-loved footsteps of Stan and Jan Berenstain with the Berenstain Bears series of books
    Is part of one of the bestselling children’s book series ever created, with more than 250 books published and nearly 300 million copies sold to date The Berenstain Bears: Kindness Counts

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