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The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food (The Berenstain Bears)

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Mama Bear lays down the law when she notices that Papa and the cubs are getting too chubby. With the help of Dr. Grizzly's slide show on how the body works, the Bear family makes a healthful adjustment in their diet and fitness habits. "A most enjoyable introduction to good nutrition and exercise."--(starred) Science Books & Films....more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published March 12th 1985 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published 1985)
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Jaidab
Well, let me just start out by saying that I wish I could give this book 0 stars, and then burn it. I do not even know where to begin... I am just so very, VERY disappointed.

The Berenstain Bears books have been more or less popular for a few decades. This fact is part of what troubles me so much. I've read some of the other Berenstain books recently to my children, and they've been ok, but when I found this little gem (sarcasm), I was stunned.

When I was in nutrition school, and even more so sin...more
Meg
My parents must have been sick of reading this book to me as a child. I STILL knew half of the words from memory-- that's how much I loved it-- but revisiting this, I'm not sure why I was so enchanted. While the overall intention is good (eat healthy food, not junk), it basically just instructs kids to not get fat by eating too many cheese puffs. While childhood obesity is indeed a timely topic, I didn't appreciate the condescending tone of this (and I'm sure many other Berenstain) books. Momma...more
Audrey
"let's celebrate by opening up the freezer!"
Charity (CJ)
My three-year-old is currently enamored of The Berenstain Bears. He wants to check out the whole section every time we're at the library, but I limit him to three because that's about all my husband and I can stand to read to him over and over until next week's library trip. I won't review all of them because they're all very similar. This one, however, gets a review because it's a very good example of what a dolt Papa always seems to be in these books. Mama calls all the shots and Papa just fol...more
Barbara
I have loved this book ever since I was little because I felt like I could relate to it. I loved junk food as a kid and still do as an adult, the book teaches a lesson that I may not have learned when I was little but am starting to understand now. It talks about healthy eating and why it is important. The illustrations are what drew me to the book when I was younger. When I saw this on the shelves in the store I instantly remembered why I had loved it so much. I love all of the Berenstain Bears...more
Tam
My 8-year-old really liked this book but his school focuses on healthy eating so he's okay with giving up junk food. My favorite part was when Papa Bear wanted to know what he could drink if he couldn't drink his Sweetsie-Cola. Mama Bear replied, "Try this. It's called water." As a parent, I liked the overall message of this book. It emphasized healthy eating and exercise.
Daniele Merrick
This book is a part of the hundreds of books in the Berenstain Bears series and it is quite popular. I like this book because it is about the two young siblings and how all they want to eat is junkfood, but everyone knows that is not the healthiest thing, especially for growing children. It’s funny because most kids only want to eat sweets and don’t understand the importance of a healthy diet. Not only can junk food make you feel really sick, but it can also keep you from growing properly. I thi...more
Sam Gaume
A common problem with kids and adults alike nowadays is the unhealthy diet that a lot of people have acquired. Fast food is everywhere, unhealthy foods are cheap, and junk food generally tastes better than healthy food. In this book Papa and the cubs eat a ton of junk food and begin to gain weight. Mama gets the doctor to show them a slide show of what is happening to their bodies and decides she should throw away all the junk food from the house. She replaces all the junk food with healthy alte...more
Leah
Mar 18, 2009 Leah rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: whimsy
I just like to wallow in all the pictures of junk food overindulgence.

A sad early warning of the demise of Cookie Monster.
Tracy Poff
The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food is a didactic tale, seeking to teach children to eat healthy food and eschew eating junk food.

The story opens by talking about what a nice place Bear Country is, comfortable, full of nice places to live, and “best of all” full of healthy food for all its inhabitants. Mama Bear observes that her cubs have been eating a lot of junk food and are beginning to get a bit chubby. She shuts away the junk food in the freezer, and whisks the family away to see D...more
Tamara
Summary: In this book, the young bears are caught up in eating too much junk food. The readers will see the parents trying to show the children that eating sweets is not always the best choice of food. The bears entertain us in another book from their series and help these children learn a valuable lesson about eating healthy.

Written by Stan Berenstain
Published in 1985 by Random House Books for Young Children

Recommendations/Awards: none

Audience: Read together or read alone: grades K-4

Genre: Pic...more
Rilee
In this book, the Berenstain Bears learn about healthy living. At first, they have a steady diet of sweets and unhealthy foods. Even though they are delicious, the bears begin to feel the negative effects of what they are eating. They do not feel well, gain weight, and are tired all of the time. They go to the doctor and learn that the cure for their symptoms is exercise and healthy eating. The bear family makes the difficult transition to healthy living and they benefit immensely from it.

The c...more
Mindy Cho
The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food is a story about the Barenstain Bear family and their unhealthy eating habits. The brother, sister, and father bear all struggle with eating healthy in the house. Their refrigerator is filled with junk food and the mother bear is the only one who really cares about eating healthy. Mother bear sees that all three bears are gaining weight and are afraid they will eat like this everyday. The three bears don't see and understand the reason of why they need...more
Kimberly

Mama Bear lays down the law when she notices that Papa and the cubs are getting too chubby. With the help of Dr. Grizzly's slide show on how the body works, the Bear family makes a healthful adjustment in their diet and fitness habits. "A most enjoyable introduction to good nutrition and exercise."--(starred) Science Books & Films.

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Mama Bear lays down the law when she notices that Papa and the cubs are getting too chubby. With the help of Dr. Grizzly's slide show on how

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Aureilia
The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food is a realistic fiction book aimed at children of primary to intermediate ages 4-10. This story is about a family of bears (Mama, Papa, Sister, Brother) who are encouraged to change their eating habits to become healthier and lose weight. This book translates a very positive message about the effects of eating healthy. In the story illustrations of healthy food and not so healthy food are incorporated giving the reader good visual aids. This is an excel...more
Amanda Hicks
This would be a great book to read to children if you were teaching on health. Brother and Sister Bear, and even Papa Bear have let their sweet tooth take over! Their candy and junk food eating habits have gotten out of control and Mama Bear sees the results of this. She intervenes (as any mother would) with a little help from the family doctor, and helps get her family back on the right track to eating healthy.
Annie Baucke
The Berenstain Bear books have always been a favorite of mine, not only because of the laughable situations the bears get themselves into, but also because of the whole-hearted lessons that they teach. In this particular book, the bear twins are learning why junk food is bad for them even though they love it. I think that this book would be great to use in a classroom when you are teaching your children what healthy eating habits look like. For younger students, you could have a class activity w...more
Megan
Oh the Berenstain Bears... there is not a moment in my childhood that I did not look to a Berenstain Bear book to learn about life lessons. I distinctly remember reading the book about the Berenstain Bears having a new baby with my mom when she was pregnant with my twin sisters. There was always a life lesson to these books that were relative to students in grades Kindergarten through 5th grade. I also used this book in my Practicum 2H with the 2nd graders I was helping out. I had read this book...more
Keely Shannon
Yes, it's a little preachy when you read it as an adult, but this book has hooked children for decades. Childhood obesity is a serious problem and reading this book is a funny way to address it gently. I intend to use it for a read-aloud with my first graders and then add it to our classroom library.
Jordan Lee
This tells the story of the brother and sister bears as they struggle with their eating habits. Mama bear wants them to start eating better so she takes them to the doctor who tells them about the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle. What can be taught to the students is how eating healthy and avoiding junk food can lead to a better life. This book also introduces exercise and that would also be incorporated into a teaching lesson. It is important for students at a young age to realize the im...more
Kashish
I'm pretty sure my brother and I read this whole series multiple times. We'd try to get our mother to bake cookies so we could have cookies and milk after school every day. That never happened.
Nick Molinet
One of my favorites growing up this is a good story about how what you eat is important to the nourishment of your body and how sometimes eating too much junk food is bad for you. This story is great to teach children about eating healthy and how junk food is ok in moderation but that we shouldn't eat it too often because then were not giving our bodies the nutrients it deserves and needs to work right.

Learning Extension: Have different foods set out from dramatic play, have both junk food and h...more
Steve
I love reading the Berenstain Bears books to my children. Each and every one of them sends a positive message.
Anna
This was one of my favorites growing up, I don't know how many times I reads it. Love this Bear family!
Sarah Kasper
Call me old fashioned, but I get upset when I see young children being sent to school with unhealthy snacks! The topic of junk food and young children is a relevant one, and sharing these concerns in school is a good thing. I would share this book with my students because not only does it tell students how important it is to eat healthy, but it also explains why. I would love to include this book in a science unit on how food effects our bodies. The book starts to go into some detail on this sub...more
Christine Matson
I love this book. Left a great impression on my daughter. She makes reference to it all the time!
Vicki
Good book to help teach kids the value of eating healthy snacks and doing it together as a family.
Jessica brown
This book would be a great book to bring back into rotation in early schooling because it gives a great message of staying healthy which in today’s time is beneficial for our younger generartion because in these times staying fit and eating right is what is keeping our children safe. I agree with the message of this book and it should be a book that should be on the shelves of schools because of that. The pictures were always great to because they were funny and when you couldn’t’ understand som...more
Chester Richmond
This book discusses a common problem at home for many children, eating too much junk food. Eating too much junk food is not just a health problem but can also affect how well children perform in your class. If students are not fed well in the morning or are used to too much sugar at home than they can crash when they are stuck at school for 8 hours.

In a classroom you can teach your class a lesson on nutrition and then negative effects of eating too much or eating the wrong foods. This will help...more
VampireNovelFan
I think there's a very good reason that this book series has spanned decades and maintained popularity. It gives children the chance to think on their own and make their own choices for behaviors that carry over into their adult lives.

I really liked how in this book, we see the poppa bear dieting too. That way kids sort of see that parents can use motivation, too. Considering the growing waistline of the USA, maybe this book wasn't popular enough, haha!

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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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