The Berenstain Bears and the Slumber Party

October 12, 2016
Subheader: 

Went in one ear and out the other.

Review: 

Sister Bear goes to a slumber party, but the host's parents aren't home and the host ends up inviting a jillion people and some others crash the party and somehow Sister's parents blame her.

Mama Bear doesn't give Sister any actual advice or think about what kinds of situations she could get into, only tells her that she has "responsibility." What that responsibility is, is never mentioned. Is this like Spider-man? Is she supposed to catch criminals?

The best part, Mama Bear's entire pre-party lecture: “You know, sleeping over at a friend's house is a kind of special privilege. And something that goes with privilege is responsibility. Do you know what those words mean?” “Sure. Privilege means being allowed to do stuff, and responsibility means not messing up.” Later, Papa: “Now, you remember what your mama told you about privilege and responsibility.”

Message: 

You should behave yourself at a slumber party if your mother mentions the word “responsibility” without explaining what she means.

Publication Year
  • 1990
Age Range
Age Range: 
3-7
Number of Pages
Number of Pages: 
32
Number of Words on Typical Page
Number of Words: 
45