The Berenstain Bears' New Baby
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The Berenstain Bears' New Baby (The Berenstain Bears)

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Illus. in full color. "This brightly illustrated story tells of a youngster's happy acceptance of a new addition to the family and how Mama and Papa Bear assist him with the adjustment."--Booklist.

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ebook, 32 pages
Published February 2nd 2011 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published September 1st 1974)
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Small Bear (soon to be renamed as Brother Bear) wakes up one day and finds out his bed is too small for him!

So he and his dad go out to make a new bed. And when he gets home, his old bed is given to his new baby sister.

There was no discussion with Small Bear beforehand that he was going to have a new baby sister. There's no discussion in the book about how a baby might affect your life, either for good or bad.

This is not how most people raise children today, I think, nor is it the best way to r...more
Jun 25, 2011 Shacoria rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Small Children
This is the 13th Berenstain Bears book that I have read. This book is very weird. The father missed the birth of his daughter because he was out chopping wood with his son. The mother gave birth to a baby and it didn't even seem to affect her at all. The baby is big enough to sleep in a regular bed just hours after it is born. Weird. I mean, I know they're bears and not humans, but still. Also, brother bear is supposed to be 2 years older than sister bear so since she is born in this story that...more
Benjamin Sos
For those of you adding a second child, this book is a really good book to help child one grasp the concept. We read this book every few days once we were 9 months along with our second, and our 2 year old made a lot of connections from the book when her sister was born. Wish they would have handled the actual birth somehow as Mama is back in the same outfit and assuming she carried Brother's bed into the nursery while Papa was absent during the birthing process. Oh well. Still a good read for t...more
This book is so bizarre. It starts pre-Sister Bear, there is only Small Bear aka Brother Bear and one morning all of a sudden he outgrows his baby bed. So he and Papa Bear go out into the woods to build a new bigger bed, and Mama Bear waves from the door of the treehouse and says to herself "Just in time, yes, just in time" and pats her belly (which just looks as big as a normal bear belly). When Papa and Brother Bear come home with the new bed, Brother Bear is all "Where's my baby bed?" and Mam...more
Kori Looker
I'm not too big on picture books but this one was okay. The book teaches a lesson using the little bear cubs and the parent bears. The cubs do as they please and then Papa and Mama Bear teach them a lesson. The lesson they learn is something kids should read so that they'll learn also and understand if they ever come to being taught a lesson. I would recommend this to a first grader or someone who is near that age group because the book was written for kids learning to read.
Tishandra Mayfield
Stan and Jan Berenstain were already successful cartoonists for magazines and adult humor books when they began writing children's books. The first story starring the bear family, The Big Honey Hunt, appeared in 1962. Since then, more than 370 Berenstain Bears books have been published, and more than 300 million copies have been sold. What began as an idea sparked by their young sons' love of reading has become over the years arguably the best-selling children's book series ever.

The Berenstain B...more
Listen up, parents: kids will emulate that which they admire. If they like Star Wars, they will want plastic lightsabers and Star Wars-themed birthday parties so they can be a Jedi. This applies to the younger age group as well: if you read them an interesting story (with good characters) instead of this preachy garbage, they will be more likely to behave nicely.

BERENSTEIN BEARS is boring. It's a run-of-the-mill story about some bears who get a baby. It was so boring I would wiggle in my seat as...more
Joshua's Mom
If you are trying to find a book to help with the addition of a new baby in your home, this isn't one I would suggest. But it is a fun story to read otherwise (as long as you don't over analyze it) and my son really enjoys it.
Of all the things I've said or done to get my 3 year old ready for a baby brother, this book has done the most to help him understand things. I love when books do more than just tell a story.
Brennan wants to read this over and over; I'm hoping that's a positive sign that he's going to be excited about welcoming his baby sister in a few weeks.
We've had multiple readings of a variety of Berenstain Bears books. The latest read of The Berenstain Bears' NEW BABY (1995) was read immediately following The Berenstain Bears' MOVING DAY (1981). Here's the contradiction that had my little boy hollering out loud, "No, he didn't!!!"

In Moving Day Brother Bear is referred to as "Brother Bear" but is an only child. He lives with his family in a hillside cave halfway up Great Bear Mountain at the far edge of Bear Country. They relocate into "a fine...more
Tracy Poff
The Berenstain Bears’ New Baby tells how Small Bear got a new, larger bed–-very useful, since Sister Bear was soon to be born, and could use his old bed.

This is a standard kind of children’s book–-what happens when a child gains a younger sibling? I like this one a bit better than Thumper’s Little Sisters , which I reviewed earlier.

The story begins with Small Bear waking up and finding he is too big for his bed, so he and Papa Bear go out to make him a new bed, and Mama Bear pats her belly and s...more
Maggie Klipp
This picture book tells the story of the bear family who is about to welcome a new member to the family. Brother is forced to adjust what he is used to and be a good brother to his brand new baby sister. This book is awesome to read to younger elementary students who most likely either are the younger child or have an older sibling. They are able to relate directly and this book could help to open a conversation among the students about families and the different kinds of families that each stud...more
Jenny williams
The Berenstain Bears series is one of the biggest children series' in this world today. I personally have read probably 200 different stories all on the Berenstain Bears. This isn't even a series anymore, it's past that stage. This particular short story welcomes the birth of a new baby bear into the family. With this new addition comes things that need to be adjusted accordingly. Mama and Papa Berenstain know that it's going to be hard to adjust to having a newborn baby around the house (mainly...more
Rosa Cline
The Berenstain's once again does a wonderful job using their 'bears' to help teach children about when they get a new baby in the household. How it's okay to grow up and all the neat things you get to do. And it's okay to pass down your crib to your younger sibling and get a new big boy or big girl bed, etc. I read this as a child, I read it to my children and now am reading to my granddaughter. You can't go wrong with Berenstain Bears!
Nick Molinet
This is one of my favorite Berenstain Bears book because it holds a powerful message that is very helpful especially for children who are going to be the older brother or sister for the first time. This tells the story of when the bear family welcomed its newest member: sister bear and it tells of how the members of the family especially brother bear change their lives and get accustomed to having a new member in the family.

LE: After the story you can have a discussion with the class about if an...more
Paul Hardin
This is a great book for younger children to have read to them because several children's parents decide to have other children and parents are afraid that their first born wont take it very well. This book goes through the process of how to accept another child into the family. A real life story about this book comes from one of the best friends. They have a three year old and the mom just had a second child. Once a week during the pregnancy, they read this story to the older boy and by the tim...more
Lumi / Otso
the book is ok by itself, but it was misnamed. it doesn't talk much about the baby. a better name for the book would be "bear outgrows his bed", because it seems like the bulk of the story is about the bear being too big for his bed, and then the father building a new one. it's the last 2 pages where it is like "and oh yeah it's a damn good thing because while you were in the woods making a bed for a few hours, the mother had a baby (by herself! and she is already up and about and looks fantasti...more
Hannah Smith-madeya
I am in love with these books, all of them. They all have a good story to tell, and an amazing message at the end. I love babies, so of course I chose to read this one. This is about them having a new baby, and how brother bear responded.
Sep 07, 2007 Crystal rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: kids and kids at heart, plus their parents
"This way to Bear Country, You'll know when you're there;
As soon as you enter, you'll feel like a bear."
I love the Berenstain Bears' series. This is one of the earlier ones, about the birth of Sister Bear. You can tell it's earlier, because the artwork is pointier, less smooth and rounded, like the art in the later books. But the story is timeless--eldest child deals with the arrival of a new sibling--and the way of life depicted in the book is charming and old-fashioned, with funny little Bear...more
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While I grew up reading the Berenstain Bears books, I still don't find them to be great children's literature.

There are some good uses for these books (social growth among children,) I feel like they are just too drawn out for the younger ones. They are fun reads but lack substance.

In addition, I understand that many of the books have turned into shows (series on PBS), which makes the books less desirable to me.

Perhaps, I am judgmental because I took a children's literature class that turned...more
Not my favorite in the series. Focused too much on the bed and not enough on the baby. Flow was a little awkward, too.
Beth Felker
This book is apart of a series about a family of bears and their daily life. This book is great for developing readers because the skill level is a little higher but it is still at a good reading level. This book is baout how the bear family is welcoming a new baby sister! This book as well as the other books in this sereis is great for children because they talk about real life events and how to deal with them. The book is full of good lessons that are relatable. I also really like the illustra...more
Jordan Lee
This book introduces Sister Bear and “Small Bear” now takes on the role of Brother Bear. This is a story about how families change and grow and even if it is new and scary at first, it is also a very exciting time. I would use this book as an example to children whose parents are extending their families and the children may be a little hesitant about it. In the classroom there will be students who have brothers and sisters new to the family so this could be a good book to guide them to and let...more
Derek Mahar
Sophia loved this book and recommends it to other kids.
So my son has been on a BB kick. This is the latest he has brought home from the school library. While I enjoyed them as a child, I'm not so sure that I'm still a fan. For instance, in this one Small Bear (soon to be Brother Bear) learns that he has to give up his old bed because Mama Bear is about to have a new cub. Papa and Brother go off into the forest to fell a tree and make a big boy bed. When they come back -Surprise- Mama Bear has already delivered the cub who is sleeping peacefully in t...more
Feb 27, 2008 Shaunda rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all children
I read (and still own) almost this entire series when i was younger. I'm sure there have been new ones since I stopped reading them, there always seemed to be a new one out back then! I loved all of these books, and I'm to rate just this one, because it is the earliest one i remember, as indicative of the whole series so I dont flood my "read" list with children's books. I think these books are great tools for parents to get their children interested in reading on their own, and these books all...more
This was one of the new baby books that was read to me when I was little (I helped read, too) and maybe it wasn't the best, because it didn't really overlap with reality - where's the hospital? - and how this was a gradual thing that would happen over a few months, the baby developing, not in the space of a week.

There is a good progression of Brother Bear growing up and getting a bigger bed himself, and that was nice. This brings back good memories for me, and I'll probably read it to any future...more
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Stan and Jan Berenstain (often called The Berenstains) were American writers and illustrators best known for creating the children's book series the Berenstain Bears. Their son Mike joined them as a creative team in the late 1980s.
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