Book Review: The Berenstain Bears: Love One Another {by Mike Berenstain}

Berenstain Bears Love One Another -- its review on sydneyelizabeth.blogAre you parenting a toddler right now? Then you might nod your head when I say that “kindness” is a commonly discussed topic around our house — particularly when it comes to said toddler’s baby sister (but in general, too). Loving others and being kind to them is a a concept that children can start to grasp at a pretty young age.

That’s why I’m thrilled to share with you a new addition to the long line of beloved Berenstain Bear stories. Love One Another addresses the topic of showing love with kindness and thoughtfulness in a straightforward, simple way that is ideal for toddlers.

The scene opens in the kitchen with the three young bear children helping Mama Bear make muffins. This and other situations (such as raking leaves and playing with the baby) touch perfectly on the everyday familiarity in the typical toddler’s world.

This board book is really the perfect size for both parents and children to hold on to. The artwork is classic “Berenstain Bears” style and really draws out each page as it’s fun to examine all the parts of the picture.

Besides the main theme of loving one another and seeing examples of that, I also appreciate an underlying message. These children respect their parents. They listen to things they say, even when it is initially disappointing to their little hearts’ desires. The book teaches my children how to respect in a gentle, “non-teaching” way.

I, for one, appreciate Mike Berenstain taking on his parents’ legacy. He continues to bring powerful stories to our kids’ bookshelf — stories that teach, encourage, occasionally induce giggles and provide smiles all around. Love One Another is definitely a keeper!

I received this book free from the publisher through the Worthy Publishing First Look book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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