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The Berenstain Bears Go To School (The Berenstain Bears)

4.24 of 5 stars 4.24  ·  rating details  ·  8,602 ratings  ·  59 reviews
Illus. in full color. A sympathetic story about Sister Bear, who conquers her fear of starting kindergarten.
ebook, 32 pages
Published October 27th 2010 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published July 1st 1978)
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Bryce Skiles
The Berenstain Bear books are classics. They all portray a bear family with a son and daughter and can be related to real life. This one particular is about sister bear getting ready to start kindergarten for the first time and being scared about what was going to happen. It is a great book for parents to read to their children especially before they go off and start school. Some children might get the impression that school is not a fun place to be but when they get there they will learn they m ...more
Alexandra Welsh
This story begins with the summer season ending and Brother and Sister Bear getting ready to go back to school. Sister Bear is beginning kindergarten and she wonders what school will be like. Mama Bear takes Sister to school to meet her teacher, Miss Honeybear. She hears about fun things she will do. Then it is time for the first day of school and Sister is a little hesitant about going. Sister meets her classmates and participates in many activities. At the end, she realizes that school is fun! ...more
Bridget Cabbiness
“The Berenstain Bears Go to School” by Stan and Jan Berenstain, is a picture book for children in the Nursery age group, ranging from birth to five years old. In this Berenstain adventure sister bear is nervous about starting school, but comes to find out she actually has fun in Kindergarten and enjoys going. I personally loved the Berenstain Bears as a child, I believe all their books have positive themes and deal with topics that children around that age are going through. In this book in part ...more
The Berenstain Bears are one of those series that don't lose their appeal, and stay classic. This one was relevant to us and the older kids enjoyed it.
Tori Walker
We got a series of Berenstain Bear books as a shower gift when William was born, but didn't pull them out till he was about 18 months old. They were a surprise hit with him. This has been his favourite book for a long time (only recently replaced by 'Big Dog, Little Dog' by P.D Eastman). He enjoyed all of his Berenstain Bear books, but he usually asked for "Da Bears, School bus in it" the most. It has a great rhythm and fun imagery, but the mark of a good children's book is that it is also enjoy ...more
Brendan Howard
One of the better, tightly focused Berenstain books. Others sometimes throw in side plots like bad TV. This avoids the temptation.
I love reading the Berenstain Bears books to my children. Each and every one of them sends a positive message.
Genre: Picture Book
Audience: K-4th
Topic: Going to School
Theme: Learning is fun
Curricular Uses: Read Aloud, Independent Reading
Reading Level: Late Transitional
Literary Elements: Dialogue, Repetition, Rhyme
Illustrations: Detailed illustrations support the text and help express the emotions of the characters. Helpful to readers because of the long texts on each page.
These books always send great messages to young readers. There is always a moral on the first page of the book that rhymes. Would
This book was so cute. To think it is still around i read this and many other bear books at my time in school
Going to school for the first time can be scary, this book shows how fun school can be.
Introduction to how kindergarten will be for children who've never before been to school.
I thought this book was fun and engaging. I would recommend it to young readers.
Love this one. Is great to read to kiddos going into kindergarten.

Sister Bearvis nervous about the start of kindergarten.
Anna Thompson
It was a fantastic book and young children will love it.
Sister's first days at school.
classroom library
-in my own personal library as a child
I think that this book was a fun book.At first sister bear didn't wan't to go to third grade,because somebody teased her that third grade was very hard.So mama bear told her that,"At first you didn't wan't to go to kindergarten too,but then you tried to go there and you loved it.You met a new friend too."So sister bear said,"OK' I will try ."Then sister bear tried grade 3 and she loved it. She told her mom it was a little bit hard,but I still loved it.I saw Lizzy too.Then papa bear made apple pi ...more
Sister Bear is nervous about school when Brother mentions that he wishes summer vacation would just be over already. (That is *so* unrealistic.)

But her mother takes her to meet her new kindergarten teacher, and that goes all right. Then we get a quick review of Sister's first day of school, including the various things a child might do in kindergarten, and finally we see that she's excited about school.

This book would do well to calm a nervous child going off to school for the first time.
Jun 02, 2015 Rachelolivia marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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The Berenstain Bears Go to School by Stan and Jan Berenstain
The summer is winding down, the leaves begin to change, and the wind has a chill, it's time to start school. This is Sister's big year, kindergarten, yikes! Meet the teacher goes well, and she calms down. But today is the first day, and the worries are back. Until she realizes, there is nothing to be worry about, school is fun.
This is a nice story to help reassure kids, that change can be fun.
I feel that this book is a wonderful introduction to school for a child who will soon be attending school for the first time. The story focuses on beginning school for the first time and having doubts about the changes that it brings. Throughout the story the book as well as the corresponding illustrations help paint a picture of what going to school is like, and what a good experience it can be.
Jenna Spinazzola
genre: picture book

audience: k - 4th

topic: going to school

theme: learning is fun!

curricular uses: read aloud, independent reading

reading level: late transitional

literary elements: dialogue, repetition, rhyme

illustrations: support the text, cute and creative, help express the emotions of the character, also helpful to the reader because there are many words to one page.
Its that time of year again when summer ends and school begins. Sister Bear is rather nervous to start school for the very first time. This is a great book to read with small children before they begin their educational journey. Maybe it will help answer some of their own questions and concerns about leaving the comfort of home and their normal routine.
Oct 07, 2012 Nickie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Children, Educators.
This book is an excellent depiction of the fears one may have in beginning their educational career. Through Sister Bear's experience children can develop of understanding of what it is like to enter kindergarten, and too feel at ease knowing that it is natural to feel a broad range of emotions upon trying something new.
Jul 15, 2009 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a great story to read to children who are getting ready to start school. It shows sister bear preparing for Kindergarten. She's a bit anxious and isn't sure that she will like it. But after an orientation visit to the school and the reassurances of her family and teacher, she learns that school is fun!
Hope Johnson
This is a wonderful book for the first day of kindergarten for students. It teaches not to be afraid and that school is really fun. It will help kids with nervousness. Also, it would be a great ice breaker for them to talk about what they did over summer vacation because that is how the book opens up.
Marissa Gunter
I grew up reading these books, and I think they are great for young children. They can teach lessons, and kids can relate to them. In this specific story, Sister Bear is afraid to start kindergarten. The book shows you how she changes her mind and ends up liking school more than even her brother.
Katie Roberts
Sister Bear conquers her fear of the first day of Kindergarten with the help and support of her family. It is a universal story for almost every child because the first day of school can always be scary. But with the help of family and other supporters, you can get through it.
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