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Jan and Mike Berenstain

Jan and Mike Berenstain

In 1962, Stan and Jan Berenstain introduced the first Berenstain Bear books. Their son Mike grew up watching his parents work together with these lovable bears—and eventually started drawing and writing about them too. Stan died in 2005, and Jan died in 2012—but Mike continues the family tradition.

Berenstain Bears prepare little ones for Easter

(February 16, 2012)

It's springtime in Bear Country and America's favorite Bear family is back with two new and inspiring Easter stories from the Berenstain Bear's Living Lights Series, complete with colorful stickers.

BERENSTAIN BEARS AND THE EASTER STORY (Zonderkidz), Brother, Sister and Honey Bear learn that there is more to Easter than chocolate bunnies, marshmallow chicks and jelly beans when their Sunday school teacher has them sit in on a play entitled The Easter Story. This new book evokes the true meaning behind Easter as the Bear cubs learn about Jesus' resurrection. Young readers learn that while it is okay to indulge in Easter goodies, they must not forget that salvation is much sweeter than candy.

In THE BERENSTAIN BEARS ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL (Zonderkidz), Brother and Sister Bear are delighted when their Sunday school teacher Missus Ursula takes the class on a special nature walk around Bear Country. While the cubs are skeptical about the connection between a hike and church, they quickly learn that God is the creator of all things in the environment - from the succulent strawberries of Farmer Ben's farm to the lovable ducks paddling away in a nearby stream. All Things Bright and Beautiful captures the essence of spring, inspiring children with its pastel illustrations of beautiful scenery and a heartfelt message told with the help of the lyrics to a traditional church hymn.

Perfect for Sunday school teachers or an Easter basket surprise, these books are sure to brighten any child's bookshelf this spring.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS: Stan and Jan Berenstain introduced the first Berenstain Bear books in 1962. Mike Berenstain grew up watching his parents work together to write about and draw these lovable bears. Eventually he started drawing and writing about them too. Since the late 80's, he has been very much involved as a writer and illustrator with his family's creation, the Berenstain Bears. He continues to work with his mother, Jan, creating new books, writing and illustrating. The antics and activities of Mike's three children have provided inspiration for many Berenstain Bears books over the years. Though Stan died in 2005, Jan and Mike continue to create the delightful Bear adventures from their family home in Pennsylvania, in an area that looks much like the sunny dirt road deep in Bear Country.




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