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The Berenstain Bears Learn About Strangers (The Berenstain Bears)

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  9,745 ratings  ·  106 reviews
When Papa Bear tells the cubs why they should never talk to strangers, Sister begins to view all strangers as evil until Mama brings some common sense to the problem. "The Bears' rules for safe conduct among strangers are listed on the last pages, including a rule about the privacy of a bear's body. A good book to start awareness in young children."--School Library Journal ...more
ebook, 32 pages
Published October 27th 2010 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published August 1st 1985)
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Sarah Sammis
Books are a wonderful tool for teaching children about the world and to give them the tools to survive. That doesn't mean that books need to hit children over the head with these important life lessons.

The Berenstain Bears series of books runs the gamut from entertaining stories of a brother and sister growing up to blatantly obvious and forced lessons. The Berenstain Bears Learn About Strangers is in the unfortunate obvious and forced end of the spectrum. It's frankly an awful book. It's as ba
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Nick
On the surface, this book is a simple, heavy-handed warning to children about "stranger danger". However, on a subtle level it examines two important ontological oppositions. The primary of these is the relationship between self and other. This duality is present not just in the stranger/non-stranger pairing, but also in the contrast between Sister and Brother. The authors highlight the crucial difference between the siblings as being their adherence to social norms. This text is ripe for a femi ...more
Susan
It's a difficult subject and was handled reasonably well. However, the book neglected the part about listening to your instincts (it mentions 'use common sense' at the end, but that is something entirely different).

The book also ignores the fact that children are far more likely to be harmed and/or abused by people that they know than they are by strangers. This type of story lets everyone to conveniently continue to ignore the problem of abuse of children by people familiar to them Convenient
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Madison Godfrey
This has a heavier content matter than previous Berenstain Bears books. Sister is always very comfortable around strangers and is always eager to talk to them and meet them. Papa realizes this is a bad habit because some strangers can be bad people so he sits her down and warns her. He shows her headlines about children getting kidnapped and strangers being bad people, sufficiently scaring her from ever talking to strangers again. When Mama sees how scared of all people Sister does not know, she ...more
Kimbely Fletcher
Brother and Sister Bear are out with Papa and Brother starts talking to strangers. Pap warns them about the danger of strangers. This terrifies them and scares them away from all strangers. In the end Mama talks some common sense into the kids and tells them what to look out for.

I would use this book in my classroom to teach about stranger danger. I could use it in a thematic unit about safety. I really enjoyed this book because it teaches a usable skill.
Rachel
I realize that most Berenstain books are written to teach a morally driven or safety-conscious lesson and I have no problems with that concept--in fact that is precisely one of the reasons that I love Dr. Seuss stories. However, this is not the format in which to take itself too seriously and "stranger safety" isn't a theme that can be humorized, so it just doesn't work, other than as an awkward introduction to a well intended discussion.
Sam Gaume
This book has an extremely important message in this day and age and that is to be cautious of strangers. Sister is always willing to talk to strangers and approach them until Papa tells her that strangers can be kidnappers or killers. Sister then proceeds to be terrified of strangers until her parents talk to her again and convince her that not all strangers are bad, but just be aware of them. She then saves her brother from a potential kidnapper because she is so aware of possible danger. This ...more
Shacoria
Jun 25, 2011 Shacoria rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Small Children
This is the 18th Berenstain Bears book that I have read. This book teaches about strangers and I think that it does a very good job. I especially liked the safety tips at the end of the book. I think that this will be my final Berenstain Bears book. I'm sort of getting sick of the bears altogether. There's nothing wrong with them and there's really only so much bear perfection a person can withstand.
Alexandria
This book deals with a more serious issue than I am used to in children's books. Sister is always very comfortable around strangers and is always eager to talk to them and meet them. Papa realizes this is a bad habit because some strangers can be bad people so he sits her down and warns her. He shows her headlines about children getting kidnapped and strangers being bad people, sufficiently scaring her from ever talking to strangers again. When Mama sees how scared Sister is of everyone, she dec ...more
Diego
Just re-reading my childhood books. I found a bunch but just wanted to read them again. As we grow up we look at things differently and this was quick and short read, I remembered the pictures and the exciting adventure from one page to the next. I now cherish my reading even more. These books truly gave me the desire to read.
Heather
While I don't want my children to be afraid of the world we live in, I'm always thinking about how to teach them to have the smarts they will need to make safe, instinctive, often instant, decisions. I ordered this book to teach J about strangers, and he really likes it. We read it often. I highly recommend it.
Adrienne
I think this book has lots of good messages in it, like how not all strangers are bad, how parents can go overboard with trying to teach their kids about strangers and actually scare them a lot, and how even if, like Brother Bear, a kid knows about stranger danger, he can forget if he gets excited about something.
Heather
I got this book because I really need my 4 year old to understand that not every person she meets on the street is someone that she can interact with. This book shows sister bear who is very extroverted and talks to everyone she comes across (just like my girl.) Brother advises her not to talk to people she doesn't know and she wonders why not. Papa explains that there are terrible people who do terrible things to little bear cubs. Sister is so scared that she doesn't want to leave the house the ...more
Alexis Fiore
I love all Berenstain Bears books! This book teaches Sister Bear the importance of not talking to strangers and the danger that comes from it. This would be a great book to read to any age because it is important for children to aways remember not to talk to strangers. My favorite part of the book was the very last page, because it has a list of rules that are great for all kids to follow.
Gabrial Olson
Brother Bear has always been more of the cautious one and Sister Bear is more of a free spirit and loves to talk to everyone, this book teaches kids that you shouldn't talk to strangers. It also teaches us that you can't tell if a person is bad or good just by their appearance.

This book is intended for early elementary students.

I think this book is a good fit for the primary grades however, the reading may be a little difficult for first graders to read on their own. The Berenstain Bear books a
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Grace
I liked this book cause it teches kid how never to talk to strangers at anytime! Except family like mom or dad grandparents ect. I think it is a wonderful book!
Kim
My daughter loved these books. I think I read all of them to her. This was a good one as it dealt with stranger danger.
Steve
I love reading the Berenstain Bears books to my children. Each and every one of them sends a positive message.
Chester Richmond
This book discusses the dangers of strangers. It seems more and more recently there are more predators in our world and it is prudent to warn your children about the imminent threat. The Berenstain's show interactions between the children and strangers and the proper way to respond if you are approached by someone you do not know.

Teaching your class a lesson on being safe when around strangers could give you peace of mind to know they will make safe decisions when they are out of your classroom.
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Brenna
This booked sort of freaked me out as a kid, but I always remembered to watch out for "stranger danger"
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I love this story, as it is such an important lesson. When you're a cub, everything is all fun and games, and you have no worries. Sister Bear likes to say, "Hi" to everyone and thing. Brother gets after her, so she asks Papa. And his response, "The reason you should never talk to a stranger and never ever take presents from a stranger and never ever ever go anywhere with a stranger is that it's dangerous." Now this does scare
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Madi Welton
This book teaches an important safety lesson for children on talking to strangers.
Audryaunna
I thought this was an excellent book about "Stranger Danger."
Kristen
Great tool to help kids understand about strangers.
Kevin
It's a good book it teaches you how to avoid strangers
Jessica brown
This one was really funny because I remember when my mother taught me to never talk to strangers and what could happen. I think I was to friendly as a kid and never really lsitened but this book opened my eyes to what could have happened. I didn’t think everyone around me was going to snatch me up like they did in this book but the mother really set them straight. I loved the mom’s reaction in this book she was kind of like what the hell are my kids doing that is not what we taught them. This on ...more
Vianey
This book shows many topics to use with like family, bears, safety, and animals. Teaches not to talk to stangers. Also it teaches a usable skill and can apply everyday.


Learning Extension Activity
With this story I would make a memory game showing that there are some bad strangers and some that are good. A good stranger would be like a police man or a teacher and talk to them why they would be the good. An example of a bad stranger would be just a man in the paark, they shouldn't talk to anyone
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DeLaina
I'm a big fan of the Berenstain Bears books because:

1. The authors cover a broad range of real-life issues that kids deal with

2. They explain the problem

3. Then they give some great solutions to the problem

The "Strangers" books is one of my favorites because it can be a delicate topic. You don't want to scare your kids to death of people they don't know, but you need them to understand that they can't go take candy from a stranger. This book explains that balance in an age-appropriate way.
The Reading Countess
At first I was completely turned off to this book as I read it to my youngest son. "Why are we making them afraid of everyone?" I thought to myself. But then as the book progressed, I saw that the authors actually had valid points about being mindful of people who look "nice" on the outside but who are rotten (like an apple) on the inside and vice versa. The helpful tips were actually a good segway to a conversation very much necessary. It allowed us to talk in a natural and nonthreatening way.
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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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