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The Berenstain Bears Love Their Neighbors

March 23, 2011

By: Carisa Kluver

The Digital Media Diet

The Berenstain Bears Love Their Neighbors by Jan & Mike Berenstain was published in print in 2009.  it's part of the Little Lights Berenstain Bear series that "helps children learn how God wants them to live every day." This book has as its central message the need to be good neighbors and appreciate people for their actions, not their appearances.

This book received mostly good reviews for the print version at Amazon.com. There was one review that does point out a slight inconsistency, though. If you (or your child) are fans of the whole series of Berenstain Bears books, it should be noted that in this book the history of the Bogg Brothers is bit overlooked. The brothers are portrayed as criminals in several other books, including one of the 'big chapter books' that reveals them to be drug dealers. As a stand alone title, though, this app book has a terrific message for kids about treating people well, even those that appear different or less fortunate.

Like the Seuss books (also by OceanHouse Media), this book is interactive in a way that enhances early reading skills.  Most images (of papa, mama, kids, cars and more), will name themselves aloud while the word briefly appears over the illustration.  For example, touch the possum stew in the end and the word "possum stew" 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 message of the book is based in Luke 10:27-29, "Love your neighbor as yourself. And who is my neighbor?"  The book features illustrations of many characters that children & their parents have loved for a generation.

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The Berenstain Bears Love Their Neighbors

March 23, 2011

By: Carisa Kluver

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Stan and Jan Berenstain

Oceanhouse Media

Length (time):
15 - 20 Minutes

Based on non-digital book: Yes

Allows Own Narration:

Uses Motion: No

Age: 3 - 8 +

English •

Length (pages):
77 Pages


Story Synopsis - The Berenstain Bears Love Their Neighbors

The Berenstain Bears live in a tree house and pride themselves on their neat & tidy way of keeping house. Their other neighbors keep their properties pristine as well, notably the Pandas, Farmer Ben, Mayor Honeypot & even the fancy, rich neighbors, the Grizzlies. Not so for their neighbors, the Boggs. The Bogg Brothers live in a run-down shack with junk all over the yard and animals running amok. They even drive a broken down car that makes a 'terrific clanking noise'. Even the otherwise saintly Mama Bear thinks the Bogg brothers are a disgrace to the neighborhood. 

Then it's time for the Big Bear Town Festival, but the Berenstain Bear's car breaks down on the way there. While they are stranded, several cars come by. It appears to be the radiator, but no one will help them - not Mayor Honeypot, not Lady Grizzly, no one will help! Then another car comes by - the Bogg brothers. Like truly good neighbors the Boggs stop and help by taking the Berenstain Bear's car to a nearby garage run by their Uncle Zeke. Zeke fixes the problem and won't even charge them for the repair.
The bear family learns a bit about being good neighbors, realizing that the Bogg Brothers are the only ones who behaved in a truly neighborly way. The Berenstain Bear's invite the Boggs over for dinner and also ask them to join the family at the festival, where they all have a grand time. The Bogg Brothers even play some music! The next week the brothers come over for the promised dinner, all cleaned up in their best clothes. They aren't even empty handed, bringing a delicious pot of possum stew.


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Orientation: Landscape & Portrait

Format: Universal


Autoplay, Read-it-myself, Read-to-me, News on/off, Sound on/off

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Size: 16.9 MB

Version: 1.08

Lite Version Available: No



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