There have been hundreds of Berenstain Bears stories published since the first one debuted 1962. Go Out to Eat is one of HarperCollins square paperback series, first published in print in 2009. According to Wikipedia:
"The books feature a family of anthropomorphic grizzly bears who generally learn a moral or safety-related lesson in the course of each story. Since the 1962 debut of the first Berenstain Bears book, The Big Honey Hunt, the series has grown to over 300 titles, which have sold approximately 260 million copies in 23 languages."
This formula, sometimes criticized for being too moralistically simplistic, has been a fast favorite of millions of young readers and their families for several generations. The appeal of these books cannot be overlooked, however, covering useful lessons and topics that are nearly universal for most families. Children, my own included, seem to adore this ursine family and their quaint neighborhood, making the Berenstain Bears a regular treat at bedtime in our house, in particular. While we don't love every story equally, we do love the characters themselves, almost unconditionally, like our own family.
In Go Out to Eat, the bear family lets Mama take a night off from cooking and goes out to dinner. The ursine parents deal with the typical issues for a family with young children, trying to eat out at a family restaurant. They have to entertain the cubs while waiting for a table, manage ordrering for everyone, interact with the servers and deal with bear-cub shenanigans that result in spills, etc. In the end, Mama says it was nice to go out, but most parents will relate to the opening page, which says, "Dining out, thought quite a treat, is a lot of work for a bite to eat."
Like the other digital Berenstain Bears books from Oceanhouse Media, this title is interactive in a way that enhances early reading skills. Most images (of the bears, items around the house & neighborhood), will name themselves aloud while the word briefly appears over the illustration. Settings include the ability to record your own narration, disable sound effects and/or interactivity, as well as a nice page-guide.
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. We enjoyed this book and if you need to prepare your children (or remind them) about proper behavior at a restaurant, this is a great choice!
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Jan and Mike Berenstain
Oceanhouse Media, Inc.
12 - 15 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: Yes
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 3 - 8 +
Join the Berenstain Bears in this interactive storybook app as the family takes Mama out to eat at the Bear Country Grill. Explore pictures, learn new vocabulary, and personalize the story with your own narration. What troubles will the Bears encounter at their special dinner? [From iTunes]