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The Berenstain Bears and the Trouble with Friends (The Berenstain Bears)

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  4,391 ratings  ·  76 reviews
The new cub in the neighborhood, Lizzy Bruin, is the same age as Sister Bear--and she's also just as bossy. After a fight threatens their budding friendship, both cubs learn that you can't always have your own way if you want to have friends. ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published February 2nd 2011 by Random House (first published 1986)
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Becky Schroeder
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Megan
Summary: Growing up, I owned and read every single Berentain Bear book ever written.At the beginning of the story, Sister Bear doesn't have anyone her own age to play with. Then, a new family with a little cub just her age moves in next door. Sister Bear and her new friend Lizzy become best friends, and do everything together. Until one day, when Lizzy and Sister Bear get in a fight about taking turns being the teacher when they play school. At the end of the story, Sister Bear and Lizzy make up ...more
Miss Meghan's Class
This book was perfect and I'm glad that I owned it. I watch a little girl throughout the week while her mommy is at work and then another two girls (sisters) on Friday and Saturday night. The little girl (I will refer to her as "the one") is an only child and has a hard time sharing. I pulled this book off the shelf the next time that it was just her and I and sat down and read it a second time just to go and see if the story of these two little girls not sharing and getting in a fight would hit ...more
Margo Martin
In the Berenstain Bears and Trouble with Friends, Sister Cub tries to have a tea party with her older brother, but Brother is too old for her young games and says he cannot play with her. The problem soon arises that Sister Bear has no friends her own age and Mama Bear watches from the window in despair. Out of nowhere a moving truck drives past them and pulls into the empty tree house across the street. Sister runs over and finds just what she was looking for, a little girl cub her own age. As ...more
Katie Grasher
Brother and Sister feel that their parents have nothing to say but negative things about their cubs. Mama finds out that the "Parents Night Talent Show" is next Friday, but the cubs forgot to give her the notice they brought home which makes things worse. Lizzy, Fred and Sister try to think of a play, when Brother suggests "The Trouble with Grownups!" They agree secretly that it will be about cubs that do the same things Brother and Sister did that week that were wrong and the parents getting an ...more
Adam Donald
The Trouble with Friends is about a young cub named Sister Bear who is looking for a friend she can play with close to her house. One day a new family moves in next door, and they have a cub Sister’s age. The new cub’s name is Lizzy and she has a lot of energy. The girls have a great time together on their first day, playing on the swings and the jungle gym. The next day Lizzy invites Sister over to play school and the two cubs get into a fight over who will get to be teacher. Sister leaves in a ...more
Krista
I have always loved Berenstain Bears books since I was little myself. I am so glad to finally have one for my children. They do a very good job a teaching life lessons. The illustrations are always bright, colorful and happy.
This book focuses mostly on Sister Bear. She tries to boss Brother Bear into playing with her, however Brother doesn't want to play with her, he would rather play with cubs his own age. Mama and Papa Bear are sad that Sister does not have cubs her own age to play with. Sudde
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Rosa Cline
In this book Sister Bear and her best friend Lizzie are introduced for the first time. They are about 6 years old. This story teaches young children that it's okay to fuss with your friends as long as you aren't overly bossy. compromises makes good friends.
Kelly Workman
This book teaches children how to be a good friend. It is a classic book that has colorful pictures, and encourages children to be nice to others. I would recommend this book to anyone who needs to be reminded of the importance of being a good friend.
Grace
I loved this book cause you should always be nice to your freinds no matter what cause you are BFF. Sister realized that and she said sorry to Lizzie and they became best freinds forever!!!!!
Chester Richmond
This book shows a common situation for most kids where they end up fighting with one or their friends. There are mixed feelings at times like these because although they are a friend of yours they have done something that hurts you in some way. In the end one must consider all sides of the situation and make an informed decision whether they want to continue the friendship.

In the classroom this book could teach the right and wrong way to treat people and show a happy ending in which the friends
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Sweet's Family Bookshelves
My 8 year old said she loves Berenstain bears but doesn't really like the books where sister and her friends argue.
Steve
I love reading the Berenstain Bears books to my children. Each and every one of them sends a positive message.
Clifford 1-HunDredd  Brown
My sister and I read this book...teaches about friends. lol I loved this growing up
Stephanie
Some are more difficult than others to understand, but my 4 year old still loves them all
Connie
Tell you the truth, I really am not a fan of the paperback B. Bears. I find them too long, too wordy, and, really, too moralistic.

My nieces adore them, though, so I added a star for that, and I keep buying them. (I'm a sucker, really.)

This is a great example of the books. New cub moves into the neighborhood, Sister and Lizzy become fast friends (and why does everybody in this series get a real name except for the main characters?), they fight over something silly, and eventually learn to compro
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Paul Hardin
I think stan berenstain has it right with almost all of this books about the Berenstein Bears. They definitely tackle some pertinent issues dealing with children. This one is particularly good because children almost always have problems with their friends and are not sure how to deal with them. This story helps children understand that each friend is different and that they arent always going to see eye to eye. This books will be helpful in the classroom because children are going to be going t ...more
Carly Brown
For Carly's Award

Level: Transitional

Genre: Picture Book

Topic: Friends, conflicts with friends and resolving them, the importance of friendship

Social: learning that it doesn't pay off being bossy, leaning how to get along with one another, having a fight with a friend, making new friends

Curricular use: Independent reading

Literary Elements: Dialogue, Dynamic Characters, COnflict and resolution

Strong Connection Between Pictures and the text (told the story with the text)

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Jun 02, 2015 Rachelolivia marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Shacoria
Jun 25, 2011 Shacoria rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Small Children
This is the 10th Berenstain Bears book that I have read. I found it really funny and convenient that right at the moment when mama bear is talking about how sister bear needs someone her own age to play with a new family just so happens to move into the neighborhood. Anyway, this book teaches the lesson of compromise. In this books sister bear meets Lizzy Bruin(This made me laugh because I love the NHL Bruins!!! Stanley Cup Champions!!!) Anyway, this book was pretty cute.
Lauren
The Berenstein Bears series are one of my favorite collections. In my childhood I would read every one of these books over and over again. I always knew what was going to happen but I loved them. I think these books are a great addition to any teacher's class library. This one especially could be used to help students learn about respect with each other and how to be a friend to one another.
Rhapsody
I loved these books when I was a kid. My dad even enjoyed them to some extent when he was reading them to me. I can't remember the details anymore (I think this one involved a mess with paint at some point), but now that I've been reminded of the series, I'm excited for my next trip home to dig the books up once more. The art is a pleasure to look at as well.
Shelli
Sister and Brother Bear are usually the best of friends. However, Brother is two years older and often has play dates with his friends, leaving Sister to play with only her forest friends. One day a new cub moves next door that is Sister's age. With new friendships come new lessons. Such as: sharing and compromises. Is this new friendship with the work???
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. Many of these issues will be ones that will persist through their lives, just on different levels of course.
Anna
Read in Austin on a marathon BB book reading day. Chose by Logan (age 4)

Lizzie Bruin moves to the neighborhood and is just Sister's age. The two become instant friends, and almost as quickly get into a fight.

They both learn that in friendship you have to learn to compromise and share.

Good lesson, as always in the Berenstain series.
Christian Singer
Sometimes Brother Bear has plans with his friends and can't play with Sister Bear. She doesn't have any friends who live nearby. Then a new girl moves in down the street. When Sister Bear meets the new girl, they clash because they're both bossy. Will they ever be friends?

This is a good story for young readers to learn about friendship.
Ealthafer
This book is prefect to read to a class when friends are having a falling out and peers are starting to fight. It can helps students realize to be understanding of friends and others and that youre not always going to get your way. This book teaches that friends need to make compromises in order to play together and have fun together.
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The Berenstain Bears and the Trouble with Friends by Stan and Jan Berenstain
Sister Bear wants to play, but Brother Bear says no, go find someone else. Next thing she knows a moving truck pulls up. A new bear named Lizzie, moves in. Sister finally has someone to play with, if they could only get along.
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Cindy
I read so many Berenstain Bears books during elementary school it's ridiculous!

I rated every book that I read during childhood 5 stars.
Why? Well because that was a time in my life when I loved every single thing I read. And because they bring back fond memories. Ah, the joys of being young!
Stacey
I really like this book because it teaches students about the importance of sharing. It shows students how they can maintain good friendships with each other. This book can be read at the beginning of the year to help build classroom community. This book would be read to students in prek-2nd grade.
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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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