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The Berenstain Bears and the Messy Room (The Berenstain Bears)

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"The room shared by Brother and Sister is a mess because the cubs argue over who should neaten up instead of working together. Sure to make toddlers smile while they absorb an implied lesson."--Publishers Weekly.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published May 12th 1983 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published April 1st 1983)
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Nov 23, 2008 karen rated it it was amazing
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this book was one of my favorites as a child. it made me feel that anything was possible. and now, living as i do, crammed into my tiny apartment with several thousand books and an alarming number of stuffed animals and knickknacks for a woman my age...well - i could stand to re-learn the lesson. i long for tidiness, but i need more square footage.
Feb 22, 2008 angrykitty rated it it was amazing
i remember that my dad bought me this book b/c my room was always a mess. i just ended up shoving everything in my closet and under my bed. now though, i have learned the lesson of the bears, and my apt is pretty neat....but i still have tons of crap.
Jun 13, 2012 Vichida rated it really liked it
I think that this book is a very good book,because it teaches us to clean up our room. The Berenstain bears' house was very neat and very tidy.Then one day brother bear and sister bear's room was very untidy,because they didn't clean up their toys.Then when mother bear came in to their room she was so angry,because there was a big mess.Then when papa bear came to their room papa bear said,"I think you should keep your toys in boxes,I will make the boxes for you."Then after papa bear finished mak ...more
Alexander Polsky
I loathe the Berenstain bears, i really do, and if you like them, well I loathe you too.

Two decades past bedtime reading, the trauma lingers still, and awful nights spent reading insipid rhymes are a cerebral scar that won't heal, like a tune from 1975 by The Captain and Tenille.

So, new parents, when one of these grim tomes finds its way into your house, you must shred it, stomp it like you would a louse, poison it, kick it like you would a mouse
Nov 25, 2014 Audryaunna rated it it was amazing
Organization does a lot for this bear family. Brother and Sister bear argue about cleaning their room. Mama Bear is always cleaning their room, until Papa Bear comes up with a great idea to keep his cubs room clean.
May 16, 2009 Barb rated it did not like it
I despise the Berenstain Bears. Hate the drawings and stories are thinly disguised (& idiotic) lessons.
Tessa Hensley
Dec 08, 2015 Tessa Hensley rated it liked it
This book describes the messy fast paced life of most children. It is cute and has a good lesson behind it. This book can be used in the classroom to help with student organization. Sometimes classrooms, especially in younger grades, can get really messy because things aren't put back where they are supposed to go, and kids get in such a rush they forget to clean up. So by reading this book and showing that cleaning and organizing can have a positive impact you and your students can start an ann ...more
Leslie Nunez
Mar 01, 2015 Leslie Nunez rated it it was amazing
I loved the majority of the Berenstain Bears books I read as a child, but this one was always my special favorite. I'm quite sure it was bought to teach me the virtues of having a clean room. I've always liked cleaning up. It looked nice and felt like an accomplishment when the bears had everything put away. This book teaches children lessons while they enjoy reading it. Also a part of the Berenstain Bears series, The Messy Room is a great book for parents at home and for the classroom. These bo ...more
Daniele Merrick
Also a part of the Berenstain Bears series, The Messy Room is a great book for parents at home and for the classroom. It’s about the two siblings and how they need to clean their room, but instead of working together, they try to do just their part. I’m sure parents really enjoy reading this book to their kids because it is so difficult to get them to clean their room, especially when it is as messy as the siblings! I feel like it would be a motivator to their chores in that aspect. On the other ...more
Eirene Ang
Well sometimes, when we were kid or became adult
We just can't clean our room
Some people probably do the same thing
Neither do I, sometimes I do that
If ours room messy
Ours parents telling us to clean it up
But some reason their room messy because they need to work, busy, and more
After you clean your room, try seen from far distance fitting you can see the rooms are clean and nice views
Hope you like it!!
Trisha Hope
Jan 09, 2016 Trisha Hope rated it it was amazing
I grew up with the Berstain Bears, so when I saw this book on the shelf at the library I just had to grab it. The goal I have is to read all of them in order and even the beginning and easy readers. The Berstain Bears were a big part of my childhood, I loved rereading this book. It brought back so many good memories.

I liked the messy room story because it is a story about compromise and team work. After the bears saw what needed to be done they stopped arguing and worked together to make sure t
Dharia Scarab
Jul 04, 2015 Dharia Scarab rated it liked it

My love of reading started when i was young, and it gives me immense pleasure to provide books to Spread the Word Nevada, an organization that passes them on to children in the community. They are a terrific organization supporting an important cause. If your local I encourage you to check them out. For those living further a field, look in your own community, their may already be a similar program in place. And if not, you can always help start one.

Myself, I go ou
Apr 29, 2014 Alexandria rated it really liked it
The whole house is clean except for the cub’s room which is covered with toys, rather than actually cleaning the two sibling argue of who has to clean what resulting in Mama Bear cleaning everything. She decides that she has had enough that rather than putting their things away Mama Bear throws it in the trash instead. The cubs are very surprised and horrified to what their Mom has done. When Papa Bear gets home he explains to the cubs that it isn’t far to Mama Bear to clean up after them and th ...more
Oct 28, 2011 Tamara rated it really liked it
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From a very young age, I have always wanted things to have homes. Must be why I reread this one a gazillion times.

If your child is fascinated by The Container Store, this is the book for them.
Asif Zamir
Jan 21, 2014 Asif Zamir rated it it was amazing
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The Berenstain Bears series of books follows a friendly family of bears. I always enjoyed bringing these books home as a child and enjoy reading them to children today. There is Mama and Papa bear, Brother Bear, Sister Bear and Honey Bear. Brother Bear (Small Bear) is always being taught by Papa Bear to learn something constructive but Papa Bear always ends up getting the shaft of the deal as he is always getting banged up somehow. It's quite comical. This story goes through everyday issues of b ...more
Feb 25, 2015 Kimberly rated it really liked it
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Personal Response: The Berenstain Bears books are great! I love how the characters are bears but they act like a human family. The books also have great moral value to them and are relatable to real life.

Purposes: This is a fun and enjoyable read aloud for Kindergarten to 2nd grade. This book could be pulled out and read to the class if students were having trouble getting along or working together. This would also be a great book to pull out in the classroom if the students were having trouble
Sep 21, 2015 Ariel rated it liked it
Every child loves The Bernstein Bears and every child's room is a mess, and in "The Berenstain Bears and the Messy Room" these two worlds collide. Sister and Brother have a problem with not cleaning their room, and it drives Momma bear up the wall! The dynamic between Momma and and the two children reflects what most parents go through with their kids; however, in this book Papa bear shows that there is a way to organize so their room does not get so messy. I think this book like many of the oth ...more
May 07, 2015 Amber added it
I read this and other Berenstain books repeatedly as a child. I think my mom may have been hoping to help me be neater w/this one (sorry I was a Messy, Mom!). I liked the organizing in it, but it didn't really help my situation much if any. I did enjoy the book, though. In adulthood, I still like some things about these books, other things not so much. One of the bigger things I don't care for is that they often seem to make Papa Bear out to be rather foolish, while Mama is almost always the wis ...more
May 15, 2016 Aiden rated it liked it
A gift from Mommy. All-Time Bestselling Children's Books #38.
Savannah Work
Mar 30, 2014 Savannah Work rated it it was amazing
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"The Berenstain Bears and the Messy Room" was my favorite book and cartoon to watch when I was growing up. The book teaches important life lessons to children, in this book it is the importance of working together and listening to adults and other social-emotional skills.

Facts about the authors:Stan and Jan Berenstain were born in 1923. Stan was a medical assistant in the Army during WWII and Jan worked in an airplane factory. They started writing and illustrating their books after they had thei
Muhammad Galal
Aug 15, 2013 Muhammad Galal rated it did not like it
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النظام و الاهتمام بترتيب الغرفة مهمّ مفيش كلام :D
Ashley Boris
This is one of the famous Bernstein Bear books and specifically deals with the lesson of organization and keeping everything clean. These stories are always so relatable to many children and what they are experiencing in their lives as they grow up. I always have a messy room and my mother would yell at me to clean it up every weekend when I was a child, so I remember this story relating a lot to me when I read it at that time. Since this and the other books like these all have a life lesson in ...more
Sep 15, 2015 Rachel rated it really liked it
I have loved these books since I was a little girl - how great that they have withstood the passing of many years. I think it's great how they teach children a lesson, but also have comedy and laughs in the story line also. That poor Momma Bear - I can empathize with her annoyance with cleaning up after the kids, and I have definitely brought in the box "to throw everything away" before myself!
Brittany Messer
Dec 03, 2012 Brittany Messer rated it really liked it
I read the book, "The Berenstain Beard and the Messy Room" by Stan Bernenstain. I love all of the Berenstain Bears books. I think these books teach Primary children great life lessons in a simple and kid friendly way. Primary children can relate to this story because all children have had a messy room that their parents yell at them to clean up. We have all heard the saying pick up your clothes off the floor, put your toys in the toy chest, and make your bed. These are the famous words of every ...more
Chester Richmond
Most people who live in a messy place do not even realize how bad their area is. However once a room is cleaned and optimized you can feel completely different about the space and realize how much more enjoyable it is to be in a clean and efficient room. Children typically keep their rooms messy and parents are constantly asking them to clean up their messes. This book could show children the advantage of cleaning up their own space and hopefully inspire them to clean their room on their own ter ...more
Sarah Ann
May 21, 2016 Sarah Ann rated it it was amazing
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I was a fan of the Berenstain Bears growing up, and this was one of my favorites in the series. My room always being messy with toys, I suppose I could relate. The illustrations were colorful and fun, and the story was relatable and had a positive message for children. I wasn’t a fan of all the books in this series, but this one I remember reading multiple times.
Apr 12, 2015 Libby rated it it was amazing
My girls have gotten into a Berenstain Bears phase, so I'm getting to enjoy old favorites from my childhood. This is quite a classic, about what to do when a messy room gets out of hand. Especially good because it's from before the phase where Papa seems to do everything wrong--he is the one who solves the issue of the messy room.
Jennifer Hewitt
Feb 24, 2015 Jennifer Hewitt rated it really liked it
I love the illustrations in this book, very descriptive and help the readers understand the feelings that the characters have. It is a good lesson for kids as well to help them see that working together gets things done faster and easier than arguing about it and wasting time. It is an enjoyable book to read.
Sami C
This is the only Berenstain Bears book I had ever read, and it's quite a surprise that it popped up on the sidebar when I was reviewing Curious George.

I don't remember much, but I do owe my organizing skills to this book. Almost all my stuff are in boxes.
Valentin Eni
Jan 15, 2015 Valentin Eni rated it it was ok
Mi-a amintit de o situaţie asemănătoare: când jucăriile copilului meu erau aruncate prin toată casa şi eu i-am zis să şi le pună în cutia pentru jucării (aveam o cutie mare de carton în care le păstram), iar dacă nu o va face probabil nu mai are nevoie de ele şi i le voi arunca la gunoi :) În câteva clipe toate jucăriile au fost în cutie.
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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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