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The Berenstain Bears and the Truth (The Berenstain Bears)

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When Brother and Sister Bear accidentally break Mama's favorite lamp, their little lie grows bigger and bigger, until Papa Bear helps them find the words that set everything right again.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published September 12th 1983 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 1983)
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Beth F.
Aug 21, 2009 Beth F. rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Liars
Recommended to Beth F. by: My Mom
My sister and I are both fully grown now but I am 2.5 years older than she is and when we were kids, I told her whoppers every chance I could. For example, one time I told her that the scientific word for your knee was the word anus. And gullible kid that she was, she believed me.

One day while we were riding our bikes, she wiped out and skinned her knee. It was just a surface scratch and nothing serious, but there was a little bit of blood and as anyone who’s been a kid on a bike before knows, s
Gerardo Mendoza-Tovar
May 03, 2015 Gerardo Mendoza-Tovar rated it it was amazing
Brother Bear and Sister Bear both are home alone and decide to play soccer against each other in the house. Brother Bear accidently hits the soccer ball and breaks his mom’s favorite lamp. When Mama Bear shows up the two children make up a lie to their mom about the lamp. The children end up feeling guilty about the situation. In the end the children tell the truth because Mama Bear explains the importance of being trustworthy.
This book is very good for young students to read because it provide
Merri Platt
Sep 04, 2014 Merri Platt rated it it was amazing
The Berenstain Bears and the Truth by Stan and Jan Berenstain

This book is about Brother and Sister Bear and a slow day when they believe nothing was going on around them. Sister Bear makes some good suggestions of things they can do but Brother Bear wants only to do one thing and that is play soccer inside. They know they aren't supposed to play with the ball inside, but they decided to do it anyway. This story is about the valuable lesson they learn about telling the truth when Mama Bears favor
Robert Moushon
Berenstain, S., & Berenstain, J. (1983). The Berenstain bears and the truth. New York : Random House.

Characters: The Berenstain Bears - Brother Bear, Sister Bear, Papa Bear, Mama Bear. A voyeuristic mockingbird.

Setting: Bear Country, a big tree housing the Bear family on just an ordinary day.

Themes: Family, Rules, Lying/Honesty

Genre: CSULB ETEC 545 Class 3, ETEC 545 Motif, Lying Motif, Picture Book

Summary: It’s a “nothing-exciting” day in Bear Country. Brother and Sister Bear are bored in t
Apr 26, 2013 ↜ƈɦǟռ☂ɛℓℓɛ↝ rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: yes
The Berenstain Bears and the Truth by Stan and Jan Berenstain
When left alone inside, there's no tellin' what Brother and Sister will do. They think for a bit, and can't agree, until they come to the conclusion, soccer in the house is a good idea. This can lead no where good, so when something gets broke, their solution, lie. But what starts as a little lie, grows very fast. The lesson learned is you can't have trust, when lies are involved.
Sam Gaume
Apr 26, 2014 Sam Gaume rated it really liked it
Shelves: tchlrn-307
The Berenstain Bears always have a great lesson intertwined in their stories and this one is extremely important: the truth. The cubs break a lamp and lie about what happened to it. When they try and cover their tracks their lie grows bigger and bigger until it is too hard to keep up. Mother knows that the cubs are lying and eventually tells them that she did not even care about the lamp, she just wanted them to tell the truth. This is an important lesson to teach children. Parents should stress ...more
Sean Fowler
Sep 06, 2014 Sean Fowler rated it it was amazing
This was a great book to read to a child who has trouble telling the truth. The setting is similar to what most of us experienced as a child. Breaking something in the house is one of the worst things to do and it definitely seems like the end of the world. It is even worse when it was something valuable or had sentimental value to your parents.
The more you lie about a situation, the harder it becomes to remember the lie to maintain your innocence. By showing a young reader how much of a hole yo
Andrew Stockle
Jun 23, 2015 Andrew Stockle rated it really liked it
“The Berenstain Bears and The Truth” is one of several books in The Berenstain Bears series. While Momma and Papa Bear are away the cubs are left alone to play. They come up with a “brilliant” idea to play soccer in the house. While Brother Bear is trying to slide past Sister Bear he kicks the ball and Sister Bear blocks it with her knee which inevitably breaks Momma Bear’s favorite lamp. When Momma Bear comes home Brother and Sister Bear make up a story about how the lamp got broken. The events ...more
Tracy Poff
The Berenstain Bears and the Truth tells how Brother Bear and Sister Bear tell a lie, and come to learn that they should always tell the truth, because, as the book says, “trust is one thing you can’t put back together once it’s broken.”

The story opens with Brother and Sister Bear sitting at home, doing nothing, and bored. Sister Bear suggests some things they could do, but Brother dismisses her ideas. Annoyed, she accuses him of being in love with the soccer ball he’s been holding. Incensed, he
Tionna Dorsey
Mar 29, 2013 Tionna Dorsey rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
"The Berenstain Bears and the Truth" by Stan and Jan Berenstain is part of the picture book collection. The married couple has won many awards in the area of children's literature, including the Ludington Award. The age recommended for this book is 4-7 years old (P)Primary.

"The Berenstain Bears and the Truth" is about a family of four bears, including a mama bear, papa bear, brother and sister bear. The brother and sister bear is disobeying the rules and starts playing soccer throughout the tree
May 01, 2010 Tamara rated it liked it
Summary: This book from the Berenstain Bears series is very important. We see the Berenstain Bears dealing with the cubs lying. Every time they tell a lie, it seems to come back on them. Telling the truth is an important lesson for children to learn, and the young readers are able to see the Berenstain Bears learn that lesson.

Written by Stan Berenstain
Published in 1983 by Random House Books for Young Children

Recommendations/Awards: none

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

Rashanda Ravenel
This is another great book to share with students because the lesson will be important forever. I can connect right away because my mother and I are constantly telling my sister that it is hard to believe anything she says because she is caught in lies so much. There is a lot of body language that can be discussed with students as well as body parts. I would follow this book by reading The Boy Who Cried Wolf.
May 31, 2015 Hyacinth rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
I love the Berenstain Bears and their life lessons for children. This is a typical realistic story. I laughed at the outrageous lie but loved how the parents delat with the issue of lying without overreacting or belittling the children. Lessons to be learned by all.
Jan 28, 2008 E rated it liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
I remember enjoying this one a lot. The bird transforming with every reincarnation of the whopper was brilliant.

Every story that teaches children not to lie displays the folly of changing your story too many times for it to sound plausible. However, as a young reader this only made me disappointed in the main characters for not being slick enough to get away with it. I went away thinking, if I ever lie, be sure to keep my story straight and then I'll never get caught.

Instead of teaching kids no
Sep 04, 2014 Grace rated it it was amazing
I liked this book cause when you do something bad and you lie about it your mama will be mad, but if you tell your mama the truth than she will not get upset with you and say no biggy we will just get a new one!
May 25, 2015 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
One of the very first books I read on my own. I read it at least 20 times! One lie turned into another while Sister and Brother explained how Ma's favorite lamp ended up broken.
This Berenstain Bears book is about telling the truth and how once trust is broken it is hard to fix. This is a great lesson for children to learn early on.
Athalia Stoneback
Feb 02, 2015 Athalia Stoneback rated it it was amazing
Great book that shows that it's important to tell the truth, even if you are afraid you'll get in trouble for what you did.
Aug 14, 2015 Drchubbington rated it it was amazing
The cubs are totally sarcastic!
Feb 15, 2015 Luna rated it really liked it
loved it!
Chester Richmond
This book deals with the classic scenario that is created when children are left alone. Parents hope that there children will be obedient, safe, and considerate in their abscense. They often return home to find something broken. Once something is already broken a new dilemma forms: will your children lie to you or tell you the truth about what they did?

In a classroom this could promote trust and teach the class that telling the truth is always beneficial and lying will only make things worse.
May 06, 2016 Munira added it
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Natalie Ulm
Sep 04, 2013 Natalie Ulm rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book. It teaches the importance of being honest. I think this is a great way to teach children a very important social skill. It is also very family oriented. It is very easy to understand and the pictures are great. I love Berenstain Bears. Good lessons for everyone, young and old!! I recommend this for teachers and parents. I read it to my almost 4 year old daughter, and she understood the "moral" of the story and wanted to read it over and over and over!!
Elizabeth Mcdonough
This book does a great job of showing the story through the illustrations. I think this book could be a used to teach children about making predictions. Brother and Sister Bear accidentally break their mom's favorite lamp. They tell a small lie that ends up getting out of hand. They finally realize that telling the truth will make everything write again. The book teaches the students a lesson and it can be used to teach students about the main idea of a fiction book.
Dec 05, 2010 Lita rated it it was amazing
Shelves: life-lessons
This book is about the bear cubs that were playing ball in the house and broke Mama Bear's favorite lamp. The kids then try to lie to cover up their bad actions. When they had to repeat their lie to Papa Bear, they couldn't remember how the lie went the first time, so they got caught in the lie. The underlying theme is that if you lie, you will get caught. Also, once you have broken trust, it is difficult to rebuild that trust.
Nivi Krishnakumar
This is a great book to read for understanding sequencing. This book is also a great book to do a character study activity since there are a lot of Berenstain Bears books. I think students will enjoy these books because they are fun books to read and listen to. This is also a great book to explain why telling the truth is important. This concept is hard for kids to grasp, but this book does a good job explaining it in a fun way.
Kimbely Fletcher
Oct 11, 2009 Kimbely Fletcher rated it it was amazing
When Brother and Sister Bear accidentally break Mama's favorite lamp, their little lie grows bigger and bigger until Papa Bear helps them find the words that set everything right again.

I really enjoyed this book because it teaches a moral issue to the children I would use this book to teach about the importance of telling the truth in the classroom. I would use this book in a thematic unit about good choices.
Kelsey Black
The Berenstein Bears are a series of books that kids love to read. They are always teaching a new moral or lesson that kids should know. This book is great for ages 1st-4th grades.
Nov 28, 2013 Devan added it
This was another one of my childhood favorites. I love this book because it is a fun one for kids but also because it teaches young kids a good lesson, which is to tell the truth. I also like this book because it is a picture book but it is a little longer of a picture book so it is good for an older reader. All of the Stan Berenstain books are very well written books with good lessons for kids.
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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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