Monday, September 27, 2010

Happy Birthday Stan Berenstain - September 29

Happy Birthday Stan Berenstain- (September 29, 1923 - November 26, 2005)

Our neighbor is like another grandmother for my children. She often invites them over to bake tasty treats and to do crafts.  Occasionally, when there is a break between activities, she will read Berenstain Bears to them.  The books she reads were saved from when her own children were younger.  One day, she expressed to me that one of her favorite things about books is the short rhyme that is on the first page of book.  She shared that she felt they were great parenting tips.  I compiled a list of my favorite rhymes from the books we had at our home.  I hope you enjoy these life lessons as we remember Stan Berenstain on his birthday:

1. No matter how you hope. No matter how you try. You can't make truth, out of a lie. - The Berenstain Bears and the Truth

2. Cubs don't expect the big job they will get, when they jump up and down and beg for a pet - The Berenstain Bears and the Trouble with Pets

3. When little bears first show a will to compete, it's hard for parents not to jump in with both feet. - The Berenstain Bears Go Out for the Team

4. Is it so important that he and she bears aren't the same, when what really matters is how we play the game? - The Berenstain Bears No Girls Allowed

5. When a brand-new cub makes its big entrance, it often takes a while to get complete acceptance. - The Berenstain Bears and Baby Makes Five

6. When making friends, the cub who's wise is the cub who learns to compromise. - The Berenstain Bears and the Trouble with Friends

7. When a cub's behavior takes a turn for the worst, it's hard for parents to know what to do first. - The Berenstain Bears Get the Gimmies

8. Some cubs are helpful.  Some cubs are not. Show them the way and they may take a shot. - The Berenstain Bears Lend a Helping Hand

9.  One's sense of self-worth is often undone the first time one feels left out of the fun. - The Berenstain Bears and the In-Crowd

10. We all have something we do the best - a little better than the rest. - The Berenstain Bears Ready, Get Set, Go!

Check Out my Top 10 things I Didn't Know about The Berenstain Bears.  Originally Posted July 26, 2010 for Jan Berenstain's Birthday!


Links:

1. Berenstain Bears - Official Website,  Activities
2. Berenstain Bears Treehouse Website - Artwork
3. PBS Kids Berenstain Bears Website with Games, etc.
4. RandomHouse Berenstain Bears - Activity Page
5. Berenstain Bears Live - Website, Study Guide  (September 2010 - June 2011) - East Coast
6. Strong National Museum of Play - Rochester, NY - Berenstain Bears Exhibit
7. Text Interview - Scholastic
8. 2007 Text Intervew - About.com, Children's Books • 2010 Text Interview - About.com
9. Streaming Berenstain Bears Videos - Sprout Online
10. Great Video about Stan and Jan Berenstain - Video 

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