Item description for The Berenstain Bears and the Trouble with Grownups (First Time Books(R)) by Jan Berenstain...
Overview Tired their parents' nagging, Brother and Sister Bear put on a play for the Parents' Night Talent Show called "The Trouble with Grownups," and when Mama and Papa retaliate with their own production, everyone learns something about themselves. Simultaneous.
Publishers Description Illus. in full color. Brother and Sister Bear's parents always seem to be nagging them about something, so the cubs decide to show how their parents annoy them by creating a play entitled "The Trouble with Grownups." Then Mama and Papa put on their own role-reversal skit, and everyone winds up learning something about themselves.
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.
Citations And Professional Reviews The Berenstain Bears and the Trouble with Grownups (First Time Books(R)) by Jan Berenstain has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/1992
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Studio: Random House Books for Young Readers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.8" Width: 7.8" Height: 0.3" Weight: 0.2 lbs.
Release Date Mar 10, 1992
Publisher Random House Books for Young Readers
ISBN 0679830006 ISBN13 9780679830009
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More About 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."
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Reviews - What do customers think about The Berenstain Bears and the Trouble with Grownups (First Time Books(R))?
A Terrific Book! Apr 15, 2008
This book is a hilarious treatment of the subject of seeing things from the other family member's point of view. It's the Rashomon of children's books. When the kids get fed up with their parents' discipline and restrictions (as all kids do), they base a skit in a school play on the situation by showing their parents their own behavior from the kids' point of view. But, then, the parents turn the tables on the kids by acting out the kids' negative behaviors that led to the discipline and restrictions in the first place. Both parents and kids come to understand and empathise with eachother. It's a very clever and sophisticated concept presented in a way that is funny and clear. Even quite young children can "get" this book. And it's a pleasure for adults to read--an important point when you have to read the same book over and over again night after night.
A change of perspective. Sep 9, 2002
The book opens with Papa and Mama Bear in grumpy moods. Papa yells at Brother for taking the sports section of the paper, Mama yells at Sister for talking on the phone too long, Mama and Papa yell at the cubs for playing with their food and for not giving them notes from school on time. The cubs go to school the next day and have to prepare for the Parent's Night Talent Show. After talking with their friends, they decide to put on a play called The Trouble With Grownups, which is the hit of the night. The show reminds the parents what it was like to be a cub. In the morning, the parents switch roles with the cubs so that they can see what it's like to be a parent. At the end they remind the cubs that they will probably be parents someday too, which gives the cubs something to think about.
The book never explains why Mama and Papa are so grumpy. However, most children can probably relate because people don't always explain why they are in a bad mood. However, Sister Bear's creation of a bowl from mashed potatoes for gravy was a brilliant example of creativity and it seemed more confusing to me that she got yelled at about it.
As a sidenote, I enjoyed this book a little more than I thought I would because it also briefly explains all the work that goes into putting on a play.
Overall, this is a good book for both parents and children to read together; it may help children see what it's like to be an adult and it may help parents remember what it's like to be a kid.
The Trouble With Children Apr 27, 2001
The Trouble With Grownups is a good childrens book that every child must read. It will teach them the importance of respecting their parents and show them that even though they may think their life is hard.Their not alone parents also can have a ruff time. In this book brother and sister bear learn this and learn how they've been acting. Their parents start acting like them to show them what it would be like the other way around. I to read this as a child and I to learned my leason. Kids have it to easy these days maybe if they read this book it will teach them the importance of parents and respect.
The Trouble With Children Apr 27, 2001
The Trouble With Grownups is a good book that every parent should read to their child. Brother Bear and sister bear feel that their parents are to hard on them and let them do nothing. Like most kids they don't relize that it's hard being a parent to. Brother Bear and sister bear get a taste of their own medicine when their parents start acting like them. Finally the cubs relize what things their parents can go through. I think this is a good book because it can teach a child the means of respect in words they can understand. This is a fully illistrated well written book. I to read this as a child and it help me understand the importance of parents and respect. Every child should pick up this book and read it because maybe it will teach them to me a little better to their parents.
Trouble With Kids Apr 27, 2001
The Trouble With Grownups is a book that teaches you about the hard leason every child has to over come, that yes sometimes their parents will say,"No" or "Don't Do That." This book is a great book to read to your child. It will help them understand that parents have a hard time as much as children do. It is a fully illistrated book that has a great story that can capture the child's imagination. I to read this as a child and it helped me to respect my parents and family. The greatest part in this book is when the parents turn around and start acting like children, to show the cubs how hard it is to be a parent. Maybe, if every parent did this we would have more respectful children. All in all this is a great book to read and highly recomend people to read the other Berenstain Bears books.