Item description for The Berenstain Bears Don't Pollute (Anymore) (First Time Books(R)) by Stan Berenstain & Jan Berenstain...
Overview The bears in Bear Country grow concerned about how pollution and waste of natural resources are damaging the world around them, so they form The Earthsavers Club. Original.
Publishers Description When careless citizens pose a threat to Bear Country's environment, Brother and Sister Bear form the Earthsavers Club. Their spirited ecological efforts deliver a timely message about the urgent need to mend our polluting and wasteful ways.
Stan and Jan Berenstain were both born in 1923 in Philadelphia. They didn't know each other as children, but met later at school, at the Philadelphia College of Art. They liked each other right away, and found out that the both enjoyed the same kinds of books, plays, music and art. During World War II, Stan was a medical assistant in the Army, and Jan worked in an airplane factory. When the war was over, they got married and began to work together as artists and writers, primarily drawing cartoons for popular magazines. After having their two sons Leo and Michael, the Berenstains decided to write some funny children's books that their children and other children could read and enjoy. Their first published children's book was called The Big Honey Hunt . It was about a family of bears, who later became known as the "Berenstain Bears".
Over 50 children's books later, Stan and Jan still plan all of their books together -- both write the stories, and both write the pictures. They live outside of Philadelphia in the country.
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Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/1991
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Studio: Random House Books for Young Readers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.84" Width: 8.32" Height: 0.11" Weight: 0.25 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 1991
Publisher Random House Books for Young Readers
ISBN 0679823514 ISBN13 9780679823513
Availability 0 units.
More About Stan Berenstain & Jan Berenstain
Stan and Jan Berenstain were both born in 1923 in Philadelphia. They didn't know each other as children, but met later at school, at the Philadelphia College of Art. They liked each other right away, and found out that the both enjoyed the same kinds of books, plays, music and art. During World War II, Stan was a medical assistant in the Army, and Jan worked in an airplane factory. When the war was over, they got married and began to work together as artists and writers, primarily drawing cartoons for popular magazines. After having their two sons Leo and Michael, the Berenstains decided to write some funny children's books that their children and other children could read and enjoy. Their first published children's book was called The Big Honey Hunt. It was about a family of bears, who later became known as the "Berenstain Bears." Stan and Jan planned all of their books together. They both wrote the stories and created the pictures. They continued to live outside of Philadelphia in the country. There are now over 300 Berenstain Bears books.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Berenstain Bears Don't Pollute (Anymore) (First Time Books(R))?
Every Litter Bit Hurts Jul 12, 2007
In this particular story, the Bear family tackles the subject of the environment, including littering, pollution, ecology, conservation and recycling.
Father Bear reads an article by Professor Actual Factual in the local newspaper, warning that Bear Country is in serious trouble because of pollution. Papa Bear responds "piffle". After all, he tells the cubs, look how beautiful it is outside our door!
Brother Bear points out that the beautiful colors of the sunset they're seeing is actually a result of harmful chemicals.
"Piffle", Father Bear again replies.
Brother Bear must do a report on endangered species, but the library books aren't much help. He decides to visit Prof. Actual Factual at the museum. While all looked well outside the Bear family stoop, other parts of Bear Country weren't so lovely: a fish is caught in a plastic soda can holder, Grizzly Gus--the local mechanic--dumps oil in the stream (causing the deaths of fish), and black smoke poured out of the chimney's at the old box factory.
The siblings ask Prof. Factual to come speak at their school. Inspired by the Professor's talk about the environment, the kids brainstorm ideas for recycling and cleaning up pollution--finally deciding to create the Earthsavers Club.
This is a great book for Earth Day or for teaching children about the consequences of pollution and using resources without replacing them. (For example, Papa Bear cuts down trees--but doesn't replace them by planting new ones.) He eventually joins the community environmental bandwagon--but only AFTER a bad dream. (This isn't the first time that a bad dream is the sole catalyst for change in a Berenstain Bear book: The Berenstain Bears and the Green-Eyed Monster is yet another example.
So Papa Bear doesn't get reformed by considering the ramifications of his actions--only because he has a dream that trees are chasing him!
Personally, I'd have liked to see Papa Bear change his mind because he realizes the error of his ways--not because he's being pressured to kowtow to popular opinion or, worse, just because he had a bad dream!
Still, it's an excellent book about personal responsibility and exercising stewardship over this beautiful earth by protecting its resources and advocating change wherever you're at.
A good message, especially for Earth Day May 12, 2007
This is a great little book to get young children thinking about the environment and ways we can protect the earth. We used it as a starting point for discussion at my daughter's preschool on Earth Day and it really got them thinking about ways to reduce, reuse and recycle. My kids love the Berenstain Bears and enjoy repeated readings of the books.
Berenstain Bears take on the environment Jan 11, 2006
Perhaps not the very best of the B. Bears books, but still really good (more of the book is dedicated to actually dealing with environmentalism than to the typical B. B. family plot--Sister and Brother spot polluters in their community and give advice on how to take care of the earth). This is a practical, readable, enjoyable book on the environment. Stan and Jan Berenstain have covered practically every other subject, and do justice to this one. It's simple, but it will stick with kids (and yes, I think it reads aloud just fine). As usual, the illustrations are great--and kids will find the story of how Papa Bear comes around to helping the environment quite funny.
A review of "The Berenstain Bears Don't Pollute" Dec 12, 2005
I saw this book at our library. It came in along with many other Berenstain Bear books, all dolled up in new covers and I thought: `Yeah. Maybe they have updated the stories or better yet, maybe these are books based on the television series', which we like very much. But, alas, it is the same old claptrap.
First, the text is exceedingly wordy. Second, the word choice is awkward so that this book not a good read-aloud. Third, the wordiness and awkwardness combined mean that the book is not one that is easy for younger children to read. (this site has the age range as from 4 to 8 years of age.)
In this regard, I don't know what 'First Time Books' is supposed to refer to, but it certainly isn't a reference to being a primer of any sort. Nearly half of some of the pages are words. Some of these words include: wanna, professor, cooperate, earthsavers. So you can see that the book is not for beginning readers.
Then there is the plot. Well developed at first, it totally fails to deliver at the end. I mean, I'm an environmentalist, and I highly applaud bringing up the topic of pollution. But, please, how lackadaisical can you get with a plot. Father Bear comes around to supporting protection of the environment not because of the destruction of the earth's beauty, or because the destruction will eliminate resources and species, or even because it might drive up the cost of goods at the store. No Papa bear comes around because he has a nightmare! [Angry trees were chasing him.]
Arggh. Not the sort of reasoning I want to teach my children: take a stance and act because of irrational dreams.
One Star. Too wordy. Not good primer material. Not a good read-aloud. And, not so good because character development hinges on a nightmare, rather than reason.
An Absolute Page Turner Nov 7, 2001
This book shows kids of all ages how important it is to take care of the earth. Not only does it give examples of how pollution can affect our society, but it also explains what children can do to help. It gets them intrested in nature and the environment surrounding them. The authors cleverly added a special twist to the story, about right and wrong. When my three year old cousin comes over, she enjoys reading the Berenstain Bears. I've noticed that she favors this one and I highly suggeat that you at least check this book out at the library.