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The Berenstain Bears' New Baby (The Berenstain Bears)

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  5,425 Ratings  ·  146 Reviews
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. ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published September 12th 1974 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published September 1st 1974)
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The Giving Tree by Shel SilversteinKids Are Americans Too by Bill O'ReillyThe Berenstain Bears and the Truth by Stan BerenstainLove You Forever by Robert MunschThe Berenstain Bears' New Baby by Stan Berenstain
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Jenny Houle
Dec 16, 2014 Jenny Houle rated it really liked it
So funny, to see what was "allowed" and "not allowed" over time. For example, this book was clearly published earlier, so there is a one page explanation that Mama Bear's belly was growing. Years later, when THE BIRDS AND THE BEES came out, Sister Bear goes to the OB with Mama to see the baby bear in her belly.
Aug 31, 2008 Connie rated it liked it
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
Jun 25, 2011 Shacoria rated it it was ok
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
Oct 04, 2012 Benjamin Sos rated it really liked it
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
Kori Looker
Nov 02, 2012 Kori Looker rated it it was ok
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.
Anne White
One of the few "coping with a new sibling" books that was on our okay-list when our younger children were born. No trauma, no biting the baby, just Papa Bear and Small Bear, a.k.a Brother, going out together to build a bigger bed--because when he gets home, New Baby Sister will be in the little bed.
Joshua's Mom
Aug 25, 2016 Joshua's Mom rated it really liked it
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.
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.
Aug 10, 2010 Laura rated it really liked 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.
Emily Garrison
Oct 17, 2016 Emily Garrison rated it it was amazing
In this story, it is early in the Bear Family time and little sister is not yet born, she is on the way! Mama, Papa and "Small Bear", which is a boy live in a house in a hollowed out tree. The story goes into all the fun that "small bear" has with his mama and papa and how much he likes having his own room. One morning, "Small Bear" woke up and he had grown too big for his bed. "Small Bear" and Papa head out to find wood to make a new bed...and Mama proclaims that he outgrew his bed just in tim ...more
Oct 25, 2016 Alondra rated it it was amazing
This book is a book that is sort of for smaller kids.Well i read it again beacuse i use to read it when i was little.I still like it .I rate it a 5.It is aboit the mom having a baby and how thing go.It is a baby book like i said but i still liked it.
Jul 22, 2015 Jill rated it liked it
For my History of Children's Literature class:

In terms of family dynamics and diversity, this story feels very traditional—surprising for a story written in the 1970s. Perhaps this book is a reaction to other books at the time, which were dispensing with the traditional family. The characters are a Papa Bear, Mama Bear, and Small (male) Bear, and a new baby (female) bear is born near the end of the story. Throughout the story, Small Bear appears to be somewhat naive, and his parents largely keep
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
Sep 11, 2016 D rated it liked it
Recommends it for: kids with new siblings and new beds
a cute little story about a little bear whose life adjusts when his new baby sister bear is brought home. i shared this with my niece who, like little bear, has a new big-girl bed and a new baby sibling all at once. she seemed interested in the pictures and themes. #ProBerenstainBears
Jun 28, 2014 Millenia rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one.
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
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
Jul 18, 2014 Allison rated it did not like it
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
Tishandra Mayfield
Apr 01, 2014 Tishandra Mayfield rated it it was amazing
Shelves: authors
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
Jenny williams
Dec 04, 2012 Jenny williams rated it really liked it
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
Maggie Klipp
Dec 03, 2013 Maggie Klipp rated it really liked it
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
Lumi / Otso
Jun 25, 2013 Lumi / Otso rated it liked it
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
Seth Cole
Sep 09, 2016 Seth Cole rated it it was amazing
My dad read me this when my brother was born. I did the same thing with my kids.
Mary Lauren
The Berenstain family grows by one! Small Bear outgrew his old bed, so he and Papa Bear went to build a new bed. During this process, Papa Bear explained that Small Bear would be getting a little Sister soon! By the time Small Bear and Papa Bear made it home, Small Bear's bed was moved and a little baby sister laid in his bed in the next room. He was very excited to welcome the new addition into his home, and he was also very happy to have a new bed!
the main themes of this picture book are grow
Nick Molinet
Apr 10, 2013 Nick Molinet rated it really liked it
Shelves: bears, baby, siblings
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
Sep 07, 2007 Crystal rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: kids and kids at heart, plus their parents
Shelves: juvenile
"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
Paul Hardin
Jul 19, 2013 Paul Hardin rated it liked it
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
Sep 09, 2012 Jennifer rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
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
Beth Felker
Nov 25, 2012 Beth Felker rated it liked it
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
Apr 01, 2015 Joy rated it liked it
This way to Bear Country
You'll know when you're there
As soon as you enter
You'll feel like a bear

The first book in the series. Papa Bear, Mama Bear and Small Bear live in a tree house. Small Bear is growing up and needs a new bed and while he and Papa Bear are out in the woods constructing ones, Mama has a surprise for them.

This book could be paired with The Birds, The Bees and the Berenstain Bears and Baby Makes Five. I am happy to report that neither of the parents are idiots in this book.
Nov 22, 2010 Molly rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
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
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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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