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

4.01  ·  Rating Details  ·  9,149 Ratings  ·  166 Reviews
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.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published March 12th 1985 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published 1985)
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Jaidab
Nov 26, 2013 Jaidab rated it did not like it
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
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Meg
Sep 04, 2013 Meg rated it it was ok
Shelves: children
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
Barbara
Aug 30, 2012 Barbara rated it it was amazing
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
Audrey
Nov 05, 2011 Audrey rated it it was amazing
"let's celebrate by opening up the freezer!"
Charity
Jan 10, 2013 Charity rated it it was ok
Shelves: kids
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
Miri Mandel
Dec 07, 2015 Miri Mandel rated it really liked it
I think it's a good book and it talks about not eating so much junk and they're growing and it talks about eating healthy and doing exercise. And it's a good book.
Brendan Howard
Oct 22, 2014 Brendan Howard rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-to-zahara
Ummm, WHY YOU GOTTA CALL ME OUT LIKE THAT, BEARS?!
Sarah Adamson
A good idea for a book but now it's dated and includes a lot of conversations that are now viewed as inappropriate. There is so much information - too much almost about body image being important when general health matters much more! Just didn't give me good feelings and led to serious discussions with my daughter about the way her body looks not being anywhere near as important as its health status which includes her mental health and being happy and feeling good and being healthy and able to ...more
Cassidy
Feb 24, 2015 Cassidy rated it it was amazing
In this story of a fun family of bears we see a unique and creative approach to teaching health to children. After the mama bear notices a change in size and personality of both her husband and kids, she decides to take away certain privileges such as sweet snacks, and too much television. The author does a wonderful job showing the change of the bears from the beginning of the book, to the end in not just appearance but personality as well.

The illustrations in this book are important because t
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Tam
Jul 18, 2014 Tam rated it really liked it
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.
Susan Love
Feb 13, 2016 Susan Love rated it it was amazing
Ever since I was a young child, I have loved all of the Berenstain Bear books because they teach valuable life lessons for children as well as adults. The colorful illustrations and portrayal of the Bear family as a loving, supportive, and strong family unit makes the reader want to be part of their group. As a young child that was slightly overweight myself, I could relate to the temptations in the story of raiding the kitchen after school and between meals for processed treats and later feelin ...more
Daniele Merrick
Apr 30, 2014 Daniele Merrick rated it really liked it
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
Apr 25, 2014 Sam Gaume rated it liked it
Shelves: tchlrn-307
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
Elizabeth Byers
This book was about a family of bears, the Berenstain bears, Mamma bear tells her family that they’ve been eating too many sweets and have been going to the chubby side. The story goes on to show how mamma bear shows them a slide show from Dr. Grizzley about the body and how you have to take care of it. After watching that, the family starts to make changes in their diet and they become more healthy. This is a great story to read and use in the classroom because it teaches an awesome lesson abou ...more
Leah
Mar 18, 2009 Leah rated it liked it
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.
Stephanie Herman
Apr 25, 2016 Stephanie Herman rated it it was amazing
Shelves: early-childhood
"Healthy food is good for Brother, Sis, and Dad...how can Mom make them stop eating food that is bad?" - Jan and Stan Berenstain

When Brother, Sis, and Papa start getting a little too chubby, Mama Bear takes action and teams up with Doctor Grizzly to create a healthier lifestyle for the family. The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food teaches young readers why it's necessary to eat healthy foods and exercise regularly. This book has an interesting story line and comes with amusing illustratio
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Phillip Lemons
May 24, 2016 Phillip Lemons rated it liked it
Shelves: young-books
A good look at the importance of food for our bodies.

My boy had chosen this book twice from the library and had requested to read it a few times. It would probably rank as a for star book for him.

I like that the book takes time to talk about the different systems that makes our bodies work and how they are dependent on nutrients from food to keep them healthy.

I didn't like that getting fat was the chosen symptom of focus. Once again Papa is the target of most of these jokes. I wish the author
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Kristyna Bernal
Momma bear leads the Berenstain Bear family into the right direction after she notices Papa, brother, and sister were getting chubbier. With a much needed visit with Doctor Grizzly this gives the Berenstain Bear family the push that they need to throw out the sugar balls and choco-chums and make better food choices and become an active family. This read would be a great addition to any kindergarten classroom to show younger children that they do have options to healthy eating and staying active.
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
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Tamara
May 01, 2010 Tamara rated it liked it
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
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Rilee
Dec 03, 2013 Rilee rated it really liked it
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
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Mindy Cho
Jul 18, 2013 Mindy Cho rated it really liked it
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
Sep 16, 2012 Kimberly rated it really liked it

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
Nov 06, 2013 Aureilia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 11, 2014 Amanda Hicks rated it really liked it
Shelves: family, picure-book
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
Nov 25, 2013 Annie Baucke rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
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
Aug 29, 2013 Megan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: eng-261
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
Emily Mogg
Aug 27, 2014 Emily Mogg rated it really liked it
I liked this book because The Berenstain Bears have always been a favorite of mine. This book was something that I think all kids can identify with, because kids, even adults, love junk food. This book shows that a little junk food is okay but it also emphasizes the harm it can have on your body and shows that you have to eat well and take care of yourself.
HappiMess Media
Apr 07, 2016 HappiMess Media rated it it was amazing
My brother and I collected the Berenstain Bears books growing up, and this one was one of my favorites. The drawings of the junk food were so cute and made me hungry. Then the drawings of the healthy food were so cute and made me feel ambitious about eating good, nutritional snacks. Then I would go and eat some junk food.
Keely Shannon
Jun 28, 2014 Keely Shannon rated it it was amazing
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.
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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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