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The Berenstain Bears and Too Much TV (1984)

by Stan Berenstain, Jan Berenstain (Author)

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The Berenstain Bears really love their television, and Mama Bear has had enough. Brother and Sister watch it as soon as they get home from school, and all weekend. Papa Bear watches it immediately after work. Mama Bear cancels television privileges for the entire family, including Papa Bear (to his surprise). At first, they are awkward. They've forgotten how to entertain themselves. Gradually, the family remembers. They sit at night and watch the stars come out, and they take nature hikes and ride their bikes. At the end of the week, when the TV ban is lifted, the cubs watch a bit, but are soon caught up in their other interests. Even Papa Bear, who watches the most, eventually gets bored and decides to head out for fishing.

The book is clearly didactic, but told in an entertaining style that carries its message without being preachy. At least, not too preachy. It walks that line of narrative and moral lesson that is often the core of the books in this series, with a heavier emphasis on the lesson side. The authors are clear in their point that they don't hate the television, but are promoting moderation, and being active in a balanced life. The Berenstain Bears are treasured characters, and children will likely receive the message more kindly from them than from their parents. Personally, I agree with the message of the book, and am happy to read it to my girls; also, to remind myself when I get too caught up. This is not my favorite Berenstain story, but a classic one, and a good read. ( )
  nmhale | Sep 21, 2013 |
This is the story of the Berenstain Bears watching too much TV. Mama Bear decides to have the family engage in activities by taking the TV away. At first the family didn't know how to handle everyday without TV but eventually do. ( )
  Vue | Dec 4, 2012 |
Another stan berenstain book with a lesson. Brother and Sister Bear lie about breaking Mama's favorite lamp and learn the importance of telling the truth. good read for children.
1 vote DaytonGamble | Dec 4, 2012 |
This is a great book for elementary children. The berenstain family has noticed their habit of watching too much television. The mama bear decides to encourage the family members to leave the house where the television is located. The family do activities that are fun. The children may rel;ate to this fun story, and become inspired to go outside! ( )
1 vote Mistin | Dec 4, 2012 |
In this Berenstain Bear book, the whole family has been watching too much TV. Mama Bear decides the family needs to start doing other things such as reading the newspaper or going outside. They spend more time together and learn new things. The website http://pbskids.org/berenstainbears/ is a PBS website dedicated to entertainment focused on The Berenstain Bears. There are TV clips and games that would help connect children or adults to the Berenstain Bear family
  cpage_07 | Mar 11, 2010 |
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Berenstain, JanAuthormain authorall editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0394865707, Paperback)

When Mama Bear decides her family spends too much time in front of the TV, she bans it for a week. Then the Bear family finds other ways to have fun and keep busy, so they watch less when TV is allowed again--and they don't even miss it.  

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Concerned that the family is spending too much time in front of the television and neglecting other activities, Mama Bear decides that there will be no television watching for one week.

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