The Berenstain Bears Learn to Share by Stan & Jan Berenstain was published in print for the first time in 1992. This version has the addition of Mike Berenstain as an author and was re-published in 2010 as part of the Christian-themed Living Lights series with a focus on faith. This book focuses on sharing - from 2 Corinthians 9:7: For God loves a cheerful giver. The Living Lights series is designed to "help children learn how God wants them to live every day."
Sister Bear tells this story, about how she has lots of playthings she doesn't like to share but that sometimes it's more fun to play with someone else. She finds Brother Bear and lots of friends to organize into a baseball game. But a disagreement starts and turns into lots of shoving and shouting. Soon Sister Bear remembers that this is not how God would want them to show his love to each other. The bears make up and learn to share again.
Like the other digital Berenstain Bears books, this title is interactive in a way that enhances early reading skills. Most images (of the bears, their playthings and friends), will name themselves aloud while the word briefly appears over the illustration. For example, touch Sister Bear and "Sister Bear" appears and is spoken aloud by the narrator. For young readers and pre-readers, the text also highlights as the narrator says each word.
The Berenstain Bears books have been favorites of more than one generation of parents and children. Now, thanks to Oceanhouse Media, they have a new life in digital. But even in this modern medium, the messages themselves are timeless.
All reviews are of the app, not the platform/device. Based originally on iPad versions. Minor technical details may vary.
Stan, Jan and Mike Berenstain
12 - 15 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: Yes
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 3 - 8 +
Sister bear likes to play. She has toys, games and dolls, but sometimes she wants someone to play with instead. She seeks out Brother Bear as well as several friends. At first they are all sharing rather well. They even organize a baseball game. But then things start to go badly, with one bear shoving another and taking his hat. But Sister Bear remembers that God would want them to share not fight.