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Title:The Berenstain Bears and the Truth
Authors:Stan Berenstain
Other authors:Jan Berenstain
Info:Random House Books for Young Readers (1983), Edition: First Edition, Paperback, 32 pages
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Tags:Truthful, Lying, Berenstain Bears, Honesty, Manners

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The Berenstain Bears and the Truth by Stan Berenstain



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This tradebook talks about the issue of lying. The bears were deciding what to play. They decided to play soccer in the house. The soccer ball hit their mom's favorite lamp, fell over, and broke. The mom came back from the store, and asked what happened. The siblings started to lie. Eventually they forgot how they told their lie, and their mom was very disappointed. I gave this story a four out of five stars because it teaches a good lesson about lying. The illustrations look like they are done in mostly colored pencils, and maybe some water paint. The illustrations are bright and vibrant, keeping the pictures interesting to look at. I would use this in a classroom at the beginning of the year. Lying can ruin trust, and it's hard to gain trust back. I would want all my students to tell the truth always, whether they are in the classroom or at home. ( )
  j.swancutt | Nov 29, 2015 |
The Berenstain Bears is a series of 54 books. I chose to read The Berenstain Bears and the truth because I feel that it portrays a great message. Brother and Sister bear are home alone and accidentally break a lamp while playing soccer in the house. When their mother gets home they tell her this elaborate lie because they don't want her to be upset that they were playing ball in the house. When father gets home, they start to tell him the same story, but can't remember the exact story they told mother. Mother and Father start to realize that they are lying, and ask for the truth. Brother and Sister admit that they were playing ball in the house and that they are very sorry. Mother and Father are happy that Brother and Sister learned a valuable lesson that honesty is the best policy. Mother is proud that her children told the truth and knows that they will tell the truth from now. This story shows children that you should always be honest because telling a lie can make everything worse. ( )
  EmilyDrennan | Apr 27, 2015 |
Most books have a plot that you can almost predict. This book was very predictable but can teach people of all ages a life lesson. I would read this book from age 1st- 4th grade along with pre-k and k students. It teaches a lesson of morality on lying. The more you lie, the more you have to keep up with your lies is the lesson this book was trying to portray. A brother and a sister broke one of their mother's rules of the house. As a consequence, they broke their mother's favorite lamp and came up with this outrageous lie on how the lamp broke. Both the brother and the sister confused their story when telling their father getting them caught in a lie. When the came out with the truth, they realized that a lamp is something that can be fixed, but the trust is something that once it is broken, it can be never be fully fixed again. ( )
  mbabst | Feb 1, 2015 |
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 challenges her to try to stop him from dribbling the ball past her. Of course, playing soccer in the house must end badly, and Mama’s favorite lamp is broken.

When Mama arrives back home, moments later, Brother and Sister insist that it was a bird that broke the lamp–a purple bird with yellow feet, green wing tips, and red feathers sticking out of its head, they embellish. But Mama and Papa, who arrives later, aren’t fooled by their story. Mama tells them that the lamp can be fixed, but she is sad that her cubs, who she’s always trusted, are lying to her, and that trust can’t be so easily repaired.

Hearing this, both Brother and Sister fall all over themselves to take the blame for breaking the lamp, and we are told that after this, they “never, ever again told a whopper.”

Like many of the later books, the story is just there to hang the moral lesson on, so it’s not that great. But the part with them describing the bird is a little amusing, and the lesson is good, even if it’s a bit unbelievable that they never lied again.


(The rest of this review is posted on my blog.) ( )
  Sopoforic | Feb 4, 2014 |
The Berenstain Bears books have been a favorite of mine, but I do really believe this book is one of the best. I really enjoy this book because of the characters and how they act and behave. The authors are so good with brother and sister bear, making every situation very realistic and plausible. In this book brother and sister break a lamp with a soccer ball and in fear both of them lie to their mother to not get in trouble. Another reason I love this book is the plot of the story. The story starts on a boring day with nothing to do and so the kids get rough and play soccer inside, giving us the buildup of knowing something bad is going to happen. The authors then have the conflict of breaking the lamp and move into the lying bears. In the end though they show the big picture of the book by having mama bear talk about how "A broken lamp can be glued back together, but trust cannot be". Last, I love the images in these books, not only do they bring back many childhood memories, but they connect very well with the story and sometimes you don’t even have to read the page to understand what is happening. When brother bear kicks the ball the words describe what is happening and how quickly, the illustration is showing almost word for word the process of the lamp being broken. The big picture or main theme of this story is that the true is always the best. ( )
  babshe1 | Sep 19, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0394856406, Paperback)

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.  

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Brother and Sister Bear learn how important it is to tell the truth after they accidentally break Mama Bear's most favorite lamp.

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