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The Berenstain Bears and the Trouble with Grownups (1992)

by Stan Berenstain, Jan Berenstain

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The squabbling in the Bear household between parents and cubs subsides after Mama and Papa Bear and Brother and Sister Bear perform humorous role-playing skits.

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  lcslibrarian | Aug 13, 2020 |
  lcslibrarian | Aug 13, 2020 |
“The power of role reversal.” The little Berenstain’s are tired of their parents telling them what to do and finding thing to get on the about. The little bears took on the role as their parents. The parents are tired of the way the little bears are acting, began to act like the little ones. By the end both the parents and little bears understood the others view points. ( )
  STerrell | Apr 30, 2018 |
This book was read to me on a daily basis as a child because it is my mom’s favorite kids book. I have grown to love it too for many reasons. The first reason is the plot is so relatable even today. It is about two children who think their parents have it so easy while the parents think the kids have it easy while they work hard. The parents decide to act like kids and this is turn shows the kid how difficult it is to be a parent. Another reason I love this book is because of the illustrations. The pictures capture the chaos the parents unleash on their children to prove their point. The pictures show the misplaced toys and games thrown all over the house. It really emphasizes how much the parents did.
I think the big idea of this story was to be understanding of one another. Never take your parents for granted and respect all they do for you. ( )
  StephanieWeiner | Nov 3, 2014 |
In this Berenstain Bears book Brother and Sister Bear are annoyed with how mama and papa bear are being so mean to them. So at school during a talent show they decide to put on a play and show mama and papa bear how it feels to be a cub. Mama and Papa bear really enjoyed the play. They enjoyed it so much they thought it would be a good idea to put on a play of their own and they dressed up as Brother and Sister bear and showed them what it was like to be a parent.

This is a really good book that shows kids that grownups aren't always trying to be mean when they get upset and that it is just as hard to be an adult than it is to be a cub. I think the book delivers a very good message for children.

One class room extension you could do with this book is to have the kids tell you one thing that they think their parents do for them that they are thankful for.
Another idea would be to have the kids put on and write a little play for their parents like the Bears did in the story. ( )
  Js126863 | Jul 15, 2014 |
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Grownups and cubs get quite a surprise when they see themselves through the others' eyes.
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Even though it was bright and clear outside the Bear family's tree house, there was a storm brewing inside.
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