Stan Berenstain

The Berenstain Bears' Valentine Party

June 17, 2018
Subheader: 

It's not even a party. It's just a school day.

The best part: On the second page, inside Sister Bear's backpack, is a Valentine that says "My", a symbol of a heart, then a picture of a pair of pants, and then "4 You." Is that "My heart pants for you?" Who says that? That's just bizarre. "My heart shorts for you?" "...jeans for you?" None of those make any sense. It's next to one that's got a picture of a bee and then says "mine" underneath, obviously "Be mine." That's pretty common. Maybe just "My pants for you?" A bit direct for grade school, don't you think?

Read more...
Message: 

Valentines are cool?

The Berenstain Bears and the Nutcracker

February 22, 2017
Subheader: 

What's an im-ag-in-a-shun?

"Go use your imagination." "How do we do that?" Like they've never imagined anything in their lives. It's kind of bland. It just seems like they're copying this older story instead of being very imaginative. It's like the writer was being lazy.

Read more...
Message: 

Using your imagination is awesome!

Bears in the Night

November 10, 2016
Subheader: 

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!

Read more...
Message: 

None.

The Berenstain Bears and the Messy Room

November 12, 2016
Subheader: 

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.

Read more...
Message: 

Keep your room clean.

The Berenstain Bears' Baby Easter Bunny

November 16, 2016
Subheader: 

Tedious lift-the-flap book.

It's just supposed to be a lift-the-flap book, but I think by the time the kids are old enough to lift the flaps without just tearing them to shreds, they're kind of beyond this. Maybe most kids aren't as destructive as mine was.

Read more...
Message: 

Baby animals are born in the spring.

Pages