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The Berenstain Bears and Too Much TV (original 1984; edition 1984)

by Stan Berenstain, Jan Berenstain

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Title:The Berenstain Bears and Too Much TV
Authors:Stan Berenstain
Other authors:Jan Berenstain
Info:Random House Books for Young Readers (1984), Edition: First Edition, Paperback, 32 pages
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The Berenstain Bears and Too Much TV by Stan Berenstain (1984)



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the bears get a new color tv, the bears (except mama bear) spend all their time in front of the TV. eventually the bears stop watching tv with the help of mama bear.
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  TUCC | Aug 26, 2016 |
49 months - never an issue in our house as O rarely gets much TV/movie screen time... But there are times when she'd like more so this is a nice reminder why we don't watch TV all day everyday. ( )
  maddiemoof | Oct 20, 2015 |
In this loved picture book, the Berenstain family have been watching way too much TV. So, Mama Bear comes to the rescue and breaks the habit by taking the television away. This is a cute story for young elementary students.
  manemeth | Dec 8, 2014 |
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 |
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Berenstain, Janmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Guibert, RitaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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All day without rest,
Mama knows it’s too much—
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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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