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Bears in the Night

November 10, 2016

Unnecessary explicit preposition instruction.

Well, that was a complete lack of a story. This is from a time when people thought that you had to explicitly teach people these things. You don't!

Message

None.

Bartholomew and the Oobleck

November 11, 2016

Even the king makes mistakes.

It really supports the idea of swallowing your pride and apologizing, accepting the blame for something. I really like that message.

Message

Take responsibility for things that you do, even if they're wrong.

The Berenstain Bears and the Messy Room

November 12, 2016

Mama flips out.

Maybe they could have a more natural consequence, like not being able to find what they're looking for, or falling over things that have been left in the middle of the floor. That happens too, and that could be a realistic consequence instead of Mama making threats because she's being taking advantage of as a parent.

Message

Keep your room clean.

Fish for Supper

November 12, 2016

Catch fish. Eat fish. Repeat.

It's descriptive. The pictures are all line drawings, very simple, with not a lot of detail. There's also not a lot of detail in the story.

Message

None.

The Berenstain Bears Go to the Doctor

November 8, 2016

Mixture of accurate information and inaccurate.

The doctor prescribes Papa some medicine for his cold, which is not a thing that exists. There is no medicine that gets prescribed for colds. They're viruses, not bacteria. But, hey.

Message

Don't be afraid of doctors.

Hot Day on Abbott Avenue

November 14, 2016

Hot days make everyone grouchy.

It's a prose poem where the repetition is enough to create parallelism but not too much where it becomes annoying. The diction isn't overly simplistic and the pictures are interesting to look at.

Message

People get mad at their friends, but then they get over it.

The Bike Lesson

November 13, 2016

Papa Bear fails at riding a bicycle.

Another stupid old Berenstain Bears book where Papa tries to teach Small Bear how to ride a bike and keeps not listening to his own advice and getting maimed and mangled in various ways, and Small Bear just thanks him for showing him what not to do.

Message

Be careful when you ride bikes.

The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins

November 14, 2016

Anticlimactic book that could have had a message.

It starts out having a point and then kind of loses track of it halfway through. It's a strange ending to have in something that seemed like it was going to have a moral.

Message

None.

The Berenstain Bears and the Missing Dinosaur Bone

November 15, 2016

Dogs sure do love bones, amiright?

And even if they were real bones, dogs don't just like love bones. In the same way that mice just don't love cheese. This is just inane. There's no real message. There's no real point.

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None.

Anatole

November 15, 2016

Ode to capitalism.

It presupposes a world where mice are intelligent and humans exist but don't realize that the mice are intelligent, which is kind of a difficult world to live in when you realize that we kill mice for pretty trifling things. But, you know.

Message

Everybody has some skill of worth.