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The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food (original 1985; edition 1985)

by Stan Berenstain, Jan Berenstain

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Title:The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food
Authors:Stan Berenstain
Other authors:Jan Berenstain
Info:Random House Books for Young Readers (1985), Paperback, 32 pages
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Tags:health, classics, families

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The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food by Stan Berenstain (1985)



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This was a favorite book of mine as a child. I loved the entire Berenstain Bears series, and considered myself an avid collector of them. Out of all of the books in the series, I considered this one my favorite. If I had read this book for the first time as an adult, I wouldn’t be able to tell you what made it so appealing. However, because I read it as a child, I can tell you exactly what it was. I LOVED the illustrations. I loved seeing all the junk food laid out on the table and imagining myself eating it all. I especially liked the front cover, where each of the letters in “junk food” was made out of a different junk food. Looking back, I probably couldn’t have told you what the book was about without reading it again. However, I could describe each of those illustrations in great detail. I never knew how important illustrations were in a children’s book until I realized just how much I took from the pictures in “Too Much Junk Food.” They are colorful, fun, and generally appealing to the eye of a child. Overall, I give the book a 5 out of 5, if only for the illustrations. The main idea of this book is displayed in the title- there is a thing as too much junk food! ( )
  lmcswe1 | Nov 30, 2014 |
Papa Bear and the children begin eating way too much junk food, and their poor health is showing. Mama Bear steps in and teaches her family to eat much more healthily and not binge on unhealthy junk foods.

Reading Level: Primary
Genre: Fantasy
  rdg301library | May 27, 2014 |
The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food is a didactic tale, seeking to teach children to eat healthy food and eschew eating junk food.

The story opens by talking about what a nice place Bear Country is, comfortable, full of nice places to live, and “best of all” full of healthy food for all its inhabitants. Mama Bear observes that her cubs have been eating a lot of junk food and are beginning to get a bit chubby. She shuts away the junk food in the freezer, and whisks the family away to see Dr. Grizzly, who shows them a slideshow to teach them that it’s important to eat healthy foods, and, as they’re leaving, enjoins them to exercise, as well.

The cubs are all too enthusiastic about their new diet (much as, in The Berenstain Bears and the Truth, they were all too enthusiastic to own up to their lie), and Mama provides them with various healthy snacks to replace the unhealthy things they had been eating–though one wonders at them sneaking food into a theater, which kids probably shouldn’t attempt.

In the end, although Papa wants to celebrate their finishing a race by eating junk food, the lesson seems to have stuck with the cubs, who insist on carrot sticks, nuts, and raisins.


(The full review is posted on my bog.) ( )
  Sopoforic | Feb 6, 2014 |
My three-year-old is currently enamored of The Berenstain Bears. He wants to check out the whole section every time we're at the library, but I limit him to three because that's about all my husband and I can stand to read to him over and over until next week's library trip. I won't review all of them because they're all very similar. This one, however, gets a review because it's a very good example of what a dolt Papa always seems to be in these books. Mama calls all the shots and Papa just follows along. It's like he's one of the kids---and often he's even more kid-like than the kids are. Papa's like a precursor to Homer Simpson except that The Simpsons doesn't try to teach life lessons. I just find it irritating. At least this newer series doesn't attempt to rhyme like the ones I read when I was an early reader.

I'll keep getting these books out for my son because he loves them, but when he's not looking, I pepper the stack with books I've picked out for him. ( )
  ImperfectCJ | May 4, 2013 |
First line:
Healthy Food is good for Brother, Sis and Dad ...
How can Mom make them stop eating food that is bad?

Although written in 1985 this book still conveys accurate information about healthy eating and exercise. I do not like the fact that there is discussion about the size of the bears but appreciate that the main emphasis is on getting healthy, not on how the bears look ( )
  ccookie | Feb 24, 2013 |
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Mama Bear lays down the law when she notices that Papa and the cubs are getting too chubby. With the help of Dr. Grizzly's slide show on how the body works, the Bear family makes a healthful adjustment in their diet and fitness habits. "A most enjoyable introduction to good nutrition and exercise."--(starred) Science Books & Films.  

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Mama Bear starts a campaign to convince her family that they are eating too much junk food.

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