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The Berenstain Bears' Trouble with Pets

(The Berenstain Bears)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  1,197 ratings  ·  31 reviews
Brother and Sister learn that their new puppy requires a lot of attention. Yet they find that the work is well worth it when they consider all the love and affection they receive from their wonderful pet.  
Paperback, 32 pages
Published January 24th 2012 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published October 1st 1990)
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Kristine Hansen
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
First of all, does anyone think that in a world where most animals are fully sentient that they would keep pets...? Just asking...

Be that as it may, this is a great book to open the discussion about pets. Most kids want pets, but have no idea the work or responsibility involved. This handles it very well, right down to the point where all those promises to help take care of an animal, becomes 'old' and not so much fun.
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-books
as i am not american i didn't grow with the typical books others in this website did. but as an english teacher it was my duty to look for some in order to incite my little students to read in their target language! this book opened the discussion of pets, adoption and care for others. it was an easy read for beginners in 2nd grade and i will definitely look for more books of these bears for them because they liked them so much!
M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews
I don't feel that this is a very good book for teaching children about pets. I think many of the Berenstain books were awesome, but this one just misses the mark.
Scout Collins
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-for-kids
Comme ci comme ca... I thought more of the responsibility/hard work elements of having a pet (specifically a dog) might be explored but they were quickly solved by both kids being obedient (far from the normal family where the problems would have continued).

It would also be nice to see a book about a less popular pet like cat, bird, hamster, fish, guinea pig, etc.
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I liked it when she chewed up the whole living room....that was funny.
Levi Williams
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a good book when you're going to get a pet
Danielle Williams
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amara Tanith
Nov 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, reviewed
The Berenstain Bears' Trouble with Pets opens with the Bear family releasing a bird in their front yard. The bird, Tweetie, had been nursed back to health by the family after they discovered his/her broken leg a week before.

Tweetie wasn't a pet, but s/he does get the Bear family thinking about pets! Before they know it, they've added an adorable puppy named Little Lady to the family. But she's a bundle of trouble in addition to all the cute, and she doesn't stay a Little Lady for long. The Bear
Tessa Hensley
Dec 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Lots of your students will have pets, the amount of students that know how to treat and handle their pets will not always be 100%. This book would be a great way to start a conversation about pets. How to treat them, what do they eat, how much attention specific animals require verses others, and most importantly how big of a responsibility a pet really is. This book hits a lot of those points and sets a really good example for all pet owners. After reading it you and your class you write poems ...more
Chester Richmond
Some students have pets and other students want pets so this book is generally quite relatable to the majority of your classroom. The book details how to treat and care for a pet and also shows what can happen when you leave your animal alone at home. It shows both sides of having a pet. The benefits and love shared between the family and pet but it also shows that there is much responsibility involved in having a pet.

In a classroom this book would mostly be a fun read but could help put some
Apr 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: yes
★★★★★The Berenstain Bears and the Trouble with Pets by Stan and Jan Berenstain
This one is starts with the Bears helping a bird with a broken leg, back to health. Now the cubs want a puppy. They learn the hard way, to never leave a puppy home alone and all the responsibilities that come with having a pet. But when that puppy loves them back, it's ok.
This book teaches kids that their is a lot involved in raising pets, and you have to work at it everyday, but the unconditional love of a pet makes
Nikki Banks
Dec 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
The Berenstain Bears Trouble With Pets is a good fiction picture book that shows that just because something seems super awesome does not mean that it does not require hard work. After finally agreeing to get the family a dog, the cubs parents make sure that they know that the dog will be their responsibility. The cubs agree with only visions of all of the fun times they are to have with their new pet. The story goes through a realistic new pet experience. This book is good for new readers and ...more
Nov 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Trouble with Pets, along with most Berenstain Bear books, are best suited for age ten and younger. A great lesson on pet care mixed with the fun and familiar Berenstain family. I think these books are a great series for children to build their reading skills while reading about a familiar family.
Jul 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, children
This book shows that it is hard work to look after a dog and clean up after it but the reward is a loyal and loving member of the family. I always wanted a dog when I was younger but never had the chance to have one!
Christian Singer
Dec 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Pets are great and so much fun, but they're also a lot of work and a responsibility much like children. It's good to involve the whole family in caring for pets. This book is a good tool for teaching young children about pet care.
Heather Jo
Jun 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: meggie-list
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Jul 24, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: review
the characters and stories of the berenstain bears teaching children early learning concepts.
Angela Nelson
Oct 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: ed-310
This book is a great way to go over the responsibilities that go into having a pet. It also touches on the rewards of having a pet.
Mar 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I made a 70 on the AR Test
Madison ♡
Jun 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Loved these books as a kid and forever will. Great morals :-)
Feb 14, 2010 added it
This book is a great story about how pets can add a lot of fun to a family but there are also alot of responsibility.
May 10, 2010 rated it liked it
Cubs don't expect
the big job they will get
when they jump up and down
and beg for a pet.

The Bear Family gets a dog and discovers that having a pet is a lot of hard work.
Benjamin Plume
Jul 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
Man, is there a valuable lesson in this one...especially if you plan on getting your kid a pet.
Apr 05, 2012 rated it liked it
My kids love all the berenstain bear books! Always great lessons & values taught! :)
I thought this was appropriate to read to Ethan since we have just recently adopted a kitten! It teaches kids how to care for their pets & everyone needs some responsibility.
May 17, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2014, stars-3
I liked it. ⭐⭐⭐ ...more
Aug 15, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 1990
Should've gotten a cat.
Nov 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Brother and sister learn that having a pet is a big responsibility.
Gabrielle Link
Nov 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love this one, bring back memories of my dog!
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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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