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I was very disappointed in this story. Seriously, you have to prepare your fields before you build your house as a work ethic? How does this teach brother and sister bear to clean a playhouse full of spiders that they are scared of? There are so many other Bible verses that are more applicable to build work ethics. Whatever your hand finds to do, etc!
2.0 out of 5 starsDifferent from other Berenstain Bears books
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on May 26, 2010
My family has many of the Berenstain Bears books. We love the straightforward positive messages in them. I was a bit surprised to find that, unlike the other Berentstain Bears books I've seen, this one directly references god and the Bible. The message of the book is a good one. But since our family is not Christian, I would have preferred that this book were more in line with the other books without the religious reference.
I also feel like the quote from the Bible, "finish your outdoor work and get your fields ready; after that build your house", and the statement by Mama,"God made work for us to do and there's nothing better than to enjoy your work", could be a little confusing for younger children and actually detract from what I see as the main point of the book. In my mind, the primary message isn't necessarily to enjoy work (though that is always nice), but rather that you should do your work because it's the fair thing to do, and it needs to be done.
Like others, I should have read the description of this book more carefully. I didn't realize it was going to be religious. We've read older Berenstain Bears books, so I thought it would just be the same. Near the end there are references to the bible and God. I tried to edit them out, but as it was the first time I read it to my son I kinda stumbled over it. Besides those references, this book just didn't seem to have the same tone and fun of earlier books. I found it kind of boring and will be surprised if my son reaches for this one again.
2.0 out of 5 starsdifferent from the classic Berenstain Bears books
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on June 4, 2010
I grew up with the Berenstain Bears books and was looking forward to sharing this with my daughter. This book, however, is not like the old ones. This story has very little fun to it (the message is don't play, but work and read the bible). It comes off as preachy without a lot of fun to help wash the message down. There is even a quiz at the end to make sure your kids understood the biblical message.
I was surprised the Berenstain Bears books have become so religious. This is an outright Christian book, which I did not expect. I take responsibility for not reading the description more carefully, but I prefer the older books by a long shot. There needs to be a balance between fun and morals.