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Saturday, August 4, 2012

Book Review: The Berenstain Bears: Safe and Sound! by Jan Berenstain and Mike Berenstain

SERIES: The Berenstain Bears 
AUTHOR: Jan Berenstain and Mike Berenstain 
PUBLISHER: HarperFestival
PUBLICATION DATE: May 26, 2009
FORMAT: Paperback, 32 pages
GENRE: Children's Picture Books
ISBN: 9780060573911
Brother Bear and Sister Bear love to ride their skateboards. When their usual skating park closes, the only place left to ride is a neighborhood spot where helmets are not the fashion Will Brother and Sister forget Mama's advice about putting safety first?

MY REVIEW:

I read this book aloud to my children. They love The Berenstain Bears!

In The Berenstain Bears: Safe and Sound!, Brother Bear and Sister Bear learn the importance of skateboard safety. When the school principal announces that skateboarding is prohibited on weekends because there is no supervision, Too-Tall and his gang make their own private skate park. They invite Brother Bear and Sister Bear to join them, but they must obey the only rule: No safety gear allowed! 

Even though Brother and Sister give in to peer pressure and remove their safety gear, they soon find out that it isn't such a good idea after Too-Tall gets hurt. They decide they would rather leave than risk injury. 

When Papa Bear finds out why the cubs are so unhappy, he volunteers to help the cubs build their own skate park. The entire family helps out, and neighbours also show up to lend a hand. All the cubs in the neighbourhood are eager to try out the new skate park, but they must abide by the rule that safety gear must be worn at all times.

I really liked the sense of community spirit that this book portrayed. Although the cubs do initially give in to peer pressure, they come to realize that they would rather leave and not play at Too-Tall's skate park if it means that they have to forego their safety gear. They realize the importance of playing safe.

This is a cute story, and I love that it teaches some life lessons. The illustrations are bright and colourful. 

MY RATING:

4 stars!! It was really good, and I would recommend it!

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