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The Berenstain Bears, The Very First Christmas

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Quick Overview:

The Berenstain Bears, The Very First Christmas tells the story of Jesus’ holy birth, from the angel Gabriel’s announcement to Mary to the visit from the three wise men.

Join the Bear cubs as they learn all about Jesus’ holy birth. From the angel Gabriel’s announcement to Mary to the visit from the three wise men, join Mama, Papa, Brother, Sister, and Honey as they discover the story of the very first Christmas.

Contributor(s) Jan & Mike Berenstain
About the Contributor(s) Jan & Mike Berenstain

Stan and Jan Berenstain introduced the first Berenstain Bear books in 1962. Mike Berenstain grew up watching his parents work together to write about and draw these lovable bears. Eventually he started drawing and writing about them too.  Though Stan died in 2005, and Jan in 2012, Mike continues to create the delightful Bear adventures from his studio in Pennsylvania, in an area that looks much like the sunny dirt road deep in Bear Country.

UPC 025986751029
ISBN-10 0310751020
ISBN-13 9780310751021
Publish Date Oct 6, 2015
Weight (lbs) 0.6500
Height 8.00
Width 8.00
Length 24
Length Unit Pages
Publisher Zonderkidz
Price $3.99
Series Berenstain Bears/Living Lights
Format Paperback
Language English

Customer Reviews

Review by Cindy
Overall Rating
I loved this book. I love the Berenstain books and this one was very Scripturally sound. It brought the wise men after the baby was older and portrayed that pictorially also. Often stories try to shove it all together as one event, so I was pleased to see it portrayed as Scripture records the events. The artwork is beautiful as always. Loved the spinning angels. Great book! 5 stars from this reviewer. This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review. (Posted on 12/16/2015)
Review by samantha
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We do the 25 days of books and the minute I caught a glimpse of The Berenstain Bears:The Very First Christmas I knew it had to be part of that tradition. No one ever said that the books had to break the bank, or even be new for that matter. This book is not only affordable ($3.99), but it's written in a way that catches the child's attention. It's very accurate and the children can understand it. (Posted on 11/20/2015)
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The Berenstain Bears: The Very First Christmas is the newest of The Berenstain Bears books. The Berenstain Bears books are instant classics, as far as I am concerned. These are books that I grew up reading and the new books in the collection keep in line with the Berenstain legacy. The Berenstain Bears books are books that exemplify moral character, and I appreciate that. This particular book is a great additional resource where children can hear the Christmas story.

In The Berenstain Bears: The Very First Christmas, Papa Bear reads the story of the very first Christmas to the bear cubs. After the introductory page where it shows the bear family getting ready to read, it is just the story of the first Christmas - illustrated in true Berenstain style. (There isn't even a closing where we come back to the bear family. The story just ends.)

On the inside of the back cover, there are questions and activity suggestions for those who would like to take it farther than just reading the book.

All in all, I think The Berenstain Bears: The Very First Christmas is a nice addition to The Berenstain Bears books...and a great book to share with young children to help celebrate Christmas.

FTC Declaration: The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book or advanced reading copy. This does not change the fact that I will give my honest opinion in my reviews. (Posted on 11/12/2015)
Review by Jalynn
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It's time for Papa Bear to read the cubs a bedtime story. So it's decided upon that it will be the Christmas story. And so it begins the classic retelling of Jesus' birth but Berenstain Bears style. Each of the very familiar illustrations of Jesus' birth are completely redone to feature the Bears in each one. Not only is the story of Jesus' a classic but so is the very precious Berenstain Bears. It warms my heart to be able to share this lovable bear family with my own children.

They teach great values for children and families in general. Now we have a Christmas book of theirs to add to our already growing collection.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author. (Posted on 11/10/2015)
Review by Penny
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“The Very First Christmas” was sent to me by Zonderkidz, a division of Zondervan Publishing. It was free of charge, in exchange for my honest review.
“The Very First Christmas” is a Berenstain Bears book, written and illustrated by Jan and Mike Berenstain…the son and wife of Stan Berenstain, who did the original Berenstain Bears. I love how I can carry on a series of books read to me and that I read to my children to now read to my grandchildren.
In “The Very First Christmas” the Berenstains explain the story of Jesus’ birth in a fun way, easy for a child to understand. Of course, all of the characters are bears, as in all of their books.
I also like how, at the end of each of their books, they have a couple questions to think and talk about. He also has a couple of activities that have to do with the particular book you’re reading. In this one he suggests making a diorama of the first Christmas and making cards to give to neighbors and friends.
I’ve always liked the Berenstain Bears and would recommend this book to children and those reading to them.
(Posted on 11/9/2015)
Review by The IE Mommy
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What holiday would be complete without The Berenstain Bears? They've become a tradition for my family and so we loved reading The Very First Christmas together as a family.

Here's what I really liked about this book. It was the story of Christmas re-told and illustrated as bears. There was no spin on it, no changing it up and no re-arranging the story. The only difference was that the characters were all of the bears instead of people.

I really liked this traditional and unexpected story of Christmas because I was expecting something different. Sometimes it's nice to just get the truth without embellishment. The bears of course make the pictures funner for the kids, especially my youngest. But it's a great way for them to get the Christmas message as it should be told.

The Berenstain Bears The Very First Christmas is the story straight from the Bible, as it should be! (Posted on 11/2/2015)
Review by Tiff
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On Christmas Eve, the bear cubs want to be read a bedtime story. When asked which story they want to hear, they ask for the story of the first Christmas ever. So Papa reads them one of the most important stories in history.

This book is beautifully written and illustrated. It shouldn't surprise me, every Berenstain Bears book I've ever read was incredible. I love how they told the story just the way it is written, and in a way that children can understand it. I think that it is important to instill in our children the true meaning of Christmas, and this book does just that. I recommend parents to read this to their children to show them, Christmas is more than Santa and gifts.

**I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
(Posted on 9/22/2015)

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