Monday, 7 March 2016

Review - The Berenstain Bears: Mother's Day Blessings

$3.99; 24 pages; Amazon
Technically, it isn't officially spring yet, so it feels a little odd writing a review for a children's book, but that's exactly what I'm doing tonight.

Released to bookstores last week from Zonderkidz is The Berenstain Bears: Mother's Day Blessings by Mike Bernestain, the son of the original authors (Stan & Jan) who have both passed away. Mike has taken over writing and illustrating new books in the series, but with a slight twist - the books now have a religious theme.

The Berenstain Bears: Mother's Day Blessings centers on Papa, Mama, Brother, Sister and Honey Bear getting ready to go church on Mother's Day. The cubs are excited because they have a special surprise for Mama and Gran this year, which they will reveal to them after church.

Along the way to church, Papa and Mama point outs various mothers, whom are all working on Mothers Day, such as Officer Marguerite, Dr. Gert Grizzly and Mrs. Ben, a farmer. The cubs learn that all mothers are special.

Final Thoughts: The newest Berenstain Bears books have been a bit mixed for me; some have been great, while others have been too preachy. Mother's Day Blessings falls into the middle. It's not preachy at all, but there is just something lacking here, like an actual plot. I mean nothing happens, except for Papa and Mama pointing out various mothers who are all working on Mother's Day. Overall, I was disappointed with The Berenstain Bears: Mother's Day Blessings; however, young children might like the story and the colorful illustrations.

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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