November 28, 2012

The Berenstain Bears' Trouble with Pets by Stan and Jan Berenstain

The Berenstain Bears' Trouble with PetsThe Berenstain Bears' Trouble with Pets by Stan Berenstain and Jan Berenstain

My rating: ★★★★☆

The Berenstain Bears' Trouble with Pets opens with the Bear family releasing a bird in their front yard. The bird, Tweetie, had been nursed back to health by the family after they discovered his/her broken leg a week before.

Tweetie wasn't a pet, but s/he does get the Bear family thinking about pets! Before they know it, they've added an adorable puppy named Little Lady to the family. But she's a bundle of trouble in addition to all the cute, and she doesn't stay a Little Lady for long. The Bear family has to adapt to caring for a dog; and most of all, Brother and Sister Bear have to learn about taking responsibility for their new dependent.

The Berenstain Bears' Trouble with Pets is a great story for any child whose family expects to adopt a pet. The Bear family sets a good example in their care for Lady. Though they get her for free from a farm, they don't hesitate to get her licensed and vaccinated. (Spaying isn't mentioned, first and foremost because the target audience wouldn't be able to comprehend the concept without a basic knowledge of what it prevents. And goodness knows the Berenstains aren't getting into that conversation.) And the cubs quickly learn, with the help of a schedule, to take care of Lady's needs--the fun (playing with her) as well as the not-so-fun (cleaning up her messes).

For once, this is a Berenstain Bears story I can honestly say I recommend to children.

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