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The Berenstain Bears in the Dark (1982)

by Stan Berenstain, Jan Berenstain

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When Brother Bear brings a spooky book from the library, bedtime and the dark become ominous and threatening to Sister Bear.
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brother bear reads a scary book to sister bear and she ends up getting scared and couldn't go to sleep with the lights out. eventually, after all the fighting and lack of sleep, papa bear read the end of the scary book to sister bear and she wasn't scared anymore.
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  TUCC | Aug 26, 2016 |
This book was a little more advanced, I believe. I think this is a book that is better to be read to young children or students than to have them read. There are long paragraphs and bigger words that may be intimidating for young children. Overall I enjoyed this book. I thought it was a great way to explain imagination to children in a cute way and also how to get over your fears. This book is obviously fantasy since bears don't talk or live in house-like trees. They also don't wear clothes or talk or read books. This story does however relate to the readers because it is all about learning how to conquer fears and understanding that what we think of something may be worse than what it actually is. ( )
  jsouth3 | Mar 21, 2016 |
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Stan and Jan Berenstain have written many books dealing with troubles children have to overcome. In this particular story Sister Bear is afraid of the dark. She is afraid because of a scary mystery that Brother Bear read to her earlier that day. When she goes to bed her imagination takes hold, and all the sudden her bedroom is similar to a scary dark cave. I found this to be humorously ironic since bears live in dark caves. However Papa Bear eventually convinces Sister that it is her imagination. I love the description that Papa Bear uses when describing imagination. He says "A lively imagination is one of the best things a cub can have. It's imagination that lets us paint pictures, make up poems, and invent inventions! The trick is to take charge of your imagination - and not let it take charge of you." I found this quote to be very accurate of my views of imagination and how important it is to be creative. ( )
  danielleshorr | Sep 28, 2014 |
In this installment in the Berenstain Bears series, Brother Bear borrows a spooky story from the library, and reads part of it to Sister Bear that afternoon. When night falls on the Bear home, Sister starts to see strange shadows and hear noises ... and the Bears are in for a long night.

This is classic Berenstain Bears, one of my favorites because I was so afraid of the dark myself as a child. I can relate to poor Sister's fear, and it's encouraging to children that she learns to overcome that fear so quickly. The cartoon illustrations, as in the rest of the series, are detailed and expressive, and the colors are nice and bright, despite the title. A good book in a good series, and an especially apt choice if you have a child that is struggling with being afraid of the dark. ( )
  nmhale | Aug 23, 2010 |
I could relate since I slept with a nightlight forever. I could sympathize with Sister Bear's fears and was a little scared for her. I wanted to jump in the book and comfort her and tell her it would be ok. It was great to see Father Bear come through and get her over her fear of the dark.

This book would be great in any young children's reading programs, especially those with parent interaction. Great to help kids with conquering all fears not just the dark. ( )
  mwflood | Jul 6, 2010 |
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Being afraid of the dark Doesn't just happen to you. It happens sometimes To little bears, too.
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"Brother Bear," said Sister impatiently, "are you going to take all day to pick your books?"
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