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The Berenstain Bears: Report Card Trouble (First Time Books(R)) [Paperback]

By Stan Berenstain (Author) & Jan Berenstain (Author)
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When Brother Bear's spends too much time on sports and brings home a terrible report card, the whole family pitches in to help him improve his grades.

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It' s report card day at Bear County School- a day Brother Bear has been dreading. He' s received horrible marks in all of his classes, except gym. If only his grades were based on how many strike-outs he' s pitched or soccer balls he' s stopped and not on fractions and vocabulary.
There' s not a doubt in his mind that Papa will explode when he sees Brother' s report card. The only question is: will he lower the boom on Brother' s extracurricular activities too?

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The Berenstain Bears: Report Card Trouble (First Time Books(R)) by Stan Berenstain & Jan Berenstain has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/2003 page 25
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 07/01/2002 page 25

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Random House Books for Young Readers
Pages   32
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.61" Width: 7.41" Height: 0.1"
Weight:   0.2 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 28, 2002
Publisher   Random House Books for Young Readers
Age  5-8
ISBN  0375811273  
ISBN13  9780375811272  

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More About Stan Berenstain & Jan Berenstain

Stan 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.

Stan Berenstain lived in Solebury, in the state of Pennsylvania. Stan Berenstain was born in 1923 and died in 2005.

Stan Berenstain has published or released items in the following series...

  1. Berenstain Bears Living Lights 8x8

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A Helpful Positive Book  Apr 15, 2008
This book is really a big help in dealing with the problem of kids struggling with their school work. Papa and Mama Bear are disappointed with Brother's report card grades. But they help him deal with the issue in a constructive way, and in the process come to understand the pressures he is under. It's also a very funny book--that's something that is attractive about this whole series. The authors deal with real life situations and problems but the advice they give is presented in a fun and entertaining way. A lot of the way that the characters act--like Papa Bear messing up--is used for humorous purposes. Papa Bear reminds me a lot of Ralph Cramden in the Honeymooners!
Highly recommended for kids before kindergarden  Nov 22, 2006
Every time when I go to Barnes and Noble, I go to the children's section to look at this book. Right now I have this book and my sisters liked it. They think this book is about getting good grades, even up to straight A's.

Kids, read this book several times, and you can end up getting good grades, even straight A's!!!

I would also give it 100 stars!!!
Bearly concealed contempt for fathers - not on my bookshelf!  Aug 2, 2005
I almost bought this book for my 6-year-old son, but started flipping through the pages, and I'm glad I did. In the story, although Papa is supposed to take the lead in improving his son's report card, he is portrayed as a bumbling idiot who is incapable of performing his role, and who requires and receives stern direction from Mama Bear.

Look at the cover - Papa Bear is shown frowning at the report card as if he can barely read it!

This book plays into the common, trite stereotype that fathers in the household are unnecessary buffoons who can expect at best to be tolerated, but never respected.

If you think I'm overreacting, read the book, imagine the story with the gender roles reversed, and then imagine the ensuing outcry if a publisher dared to print such a version.
The Berenstain Bears Go Back To School  Jun 24, 2002
If you think you might have heard this story before, it's because the Berenstains have written a handful of books about school experiences (Go To School, Trouble at School, School Scandal Sheet, Substitute Teacher, Homework Hassle, among others). This story is original, but reminiscent of topics already covered in "Trouble at School" and "Homework Hassle." The story itself is good (Brother's involvement in sports causes his grades to slip) and a topic that is actually becoming more and more of an issue in a world where there seem to be more sports teams to choose from in a given season than math problems in an average assignment. One question: where is Honey Bear, the new baby sister that was introduced last year? You won't find here here, just as we haven't seen in in two other recently published books that followed the introduction of a the Bear Family's new cub. I hope that she merely wasn't a promotional tool! :-)

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