Monday, February 27, 2012

RIP Mama Bear

The boy selected a few of his favorites to read at bedtime tonight... Sweet dreams, Mama Bear.

Please write in and tell me what the Bear family has meant in your life and tune in tomorrow for a special tribute.

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7 comments:

Elizabeth said...

Although annoying, I actually like the Bear family, remember them from my own childhood but more importantly, fed them to my children when they were little. Those cheesy do's and don'ts and theme-related books were mainstays -- somehow, they resonated with both my sons. My daughter, who is now seventeen, resembled Sister Bear in certain moments, so always felt fond of her in particular.

Meghan said...

i thought of you the moment i heard. the berenstains were not only a huge part of my boys lives, but mine as a child. such sweet books. will look forward to your thoughts tomorrow!

Becca said...

So very sad to see that Jan Berenstain has passed. The Bears were beloved favorites from my own childhood, and now my almost 4 year old daughter is making their acquiantance as well. It is glorious to see their magic again through her eyes.

Thanks, Mama Bear.

Ms. said...

I DON'T KNOW THIS SERIES, BUT I HAVE A DRAWER FULL OF BEARS, AND A FAVORITE "TEDDY" WHO SITS IN VIEW AT ALL TIMES. Goldilocks and the bears is a favorite childhood memory...maybe the pooh bear the most precious of all....Christopher's companion best friend, and really his safety...his security blanket. Now I only think of black bears in the real world and of endangered species. But my "teddy" can still afford a moment of safety when, at 69, I look up from my bed and see his silly sweet face staring back at me.

Mike Lynch said...

Their books, along with other bear books (Winnie and Frances) were part of my childhood, yes. What was illuminating to me was discovery many years later that Stan and Jan Berenstain had a prolific pre-Bears career, doing regular features for McCall's, the Saturday Evening Post and Collier's. The book that their son put together CHILD'S PLAY (2008, Abrams) has many great unseen comics and drawings. Stunningly wonderful work -- especially their color covers. Made me admire them even more!

AKA Jane Random said...

The Berenstain Bears books were the first books that my Grandmom ever read to me. She had a big comfy chair that we could sit in together. My favorite: The Messy Room - probably because I was a messy kid and I loved seeing how clean everything looked after it was done.

Love that the books are still popular and that it introduced me to reading.

Kim said...

I just found this news via your blog! I love The Berenstain bears so much. We just received The Clean House in our book order last week hopefully to inspire my children to want to step up their enthusiasm with chores. Tonight we will also pick some of our favorites to read before bed time. I can't choose a favorite, I just know that we have used so many of her books to reinforce family 'togetherness', understanding, and respect. They were not the perfect bear family and I think that is why they are endearing. Thank you for this post.

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