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The Berenstain Bears and the Prize Pumpkin (1990)

by Stan Berenstain, Jan Berenstain

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Mama Bear's reminders about the true meaning of Thanksgiving are left in the dust as the spirit of competition takes over and Papa Bear and the cubs begin a campaign to win first prize in the Thanksgiving Pumpkin contest.
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Papa Bear, Brother Bear and Sister Bear get a little carried away in their desire to see their pumpkin, 'The Giant,' win first prize at the upcoming Thanksgiving Festival. Mama Bear tries to remind them that Thanksgiving is about being thankful, but her family is too busy sneaking into Farmer Ben's pumpkin patch, in order to spy on the competition, to listen. When 'The Giant' only wins third place however, they do their best to accept the result graciously, and walking home through their beautiful country, they realize that Mama was right...

I recall reading a number of books in the Berenstain Bears series as a child - The Berenstain Bears and the Spooky Old Tree stands out in my memory - but The Berenstain Bears and the Prize Pumpkin was not one of them, being published some time after I had moved on to other books. It's a cute story, following the standard formula of these books (as I remember them, anyhow), offering a story in which the Bear Family learns a lesson. This time, that lesson is about Thanksgiving and (one presumes) not becoming so insanely competitive that it takes over your life. Recommended to picture-book readers looking for Thanksgiving stories, or for stories about having a healthy approach to competition. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Oct 19, 2020 |
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  lcslibrarian | Aug 13, 2020 |
the bears enter a contest to see which pumpkin is the biggest. the bears only won 3rd place but they had a lot of fun.
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  TUCC | Sep 9, 2016 |
This book is great because it teaches kids about being a good sport and what is really important in life. The book shows that no matter what your family always comes first
  aevans1 | Nov 27, 2012 |
One of my favorite children's series of all time. The Berenstein Bears are a wonderful family that all children should have the opportunity to know! ( )
  EllieGiles | Feb 3, 2011 |
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1st Prize, 2nd Prize,
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At Thanksgiving time,
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“Pumpkins are just like everything else in nature,” said Papa Bear as he and the cubs finished weeding the pumpkin patch.
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Mama Bear's reminders about the true meaning of Thanksgiving are left in the dust as the spirit of competition takes over and Papa Bear and the cubs begin a campaign to win first prize in the Thanksgiving Pumpkin contest.

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