There have been hundreds of Berenstain Bears stories published since the first one debuted 1962. Come Clean for School is one of HarperCollins square paperback series, first published in print in 2011. 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.
Come Clean for School is about the spread of germs and the importance of washing hands, covering your cough and staying home when you're sick. In order to "come clean for school" the bear family learns some new tips for health and hygiene to share with young readers. Even Papa Bear has a lot to learn in order to come clean in this title with great lessons about disease prevention!
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 teach your children more about avoiding germs and staying well during flu and cold season, this is a great choice!
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Jan and Mike Berenstain
Oceanhouse Media, Inc.
10 - 12 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 Sister, Brother, and Papa learn all about avoiding germs to stay healthy! Explore pictures, learn new vocabulary, and personalize the story with your own narration. Will the Bears apply what they learn and avoid getting sick at school? [From iTunes]