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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.

The Berenstain Bears Revisit Classic Tales for Two New I Can Read! Books

(September 20, 2012)

The Berenstain Bears Present Two New Inspiring Books for Young Christian Readers in Time for the Bear's 50th Anniversary


Just in time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of America's favorite Bear family, comes two new and inspiring books from the Berenstain Bears® Living Lights™/I Can Read!™ series by Jan and Mike Berenstain.  


Emphasizing strong Christan values for children, THE BERENSTAIN BEARS FAITH GETS US THROUGH and THE BERENSTAIN BEARS GOD MADE THE SEASONS (Zonderkidz; August 2012; $3.99 each) revisit classic tales using I Can Read! Level 1 simple text, designed for new readers.


Based on the 1993 Berenstain Bears book, Spooky Shadows, FAITH GETS US THROUGH follows the Bear Scouts, who are eager to earn new Merit Badges. But first they must complete a hike through Spooky Cave. With Papa Bear as their guide, Brother, Sister, and their cousin, Fred, embark on a daunting journey, stumbling upon mountain goats, stalactites, stalagmites, and a ferocious stream. When the bears lose their way, they must rely on Papa's knowledge of caves, and their faith, to guide them to safety.  


The Bears reminisce over winter, spring, summer, and fall in the colorful book GOD MADE THE SEASONS, inspired by the 1992 story, All Year 'Round. With playful seasonal imagery and lyrical rhyme, each page is packed with nostaglic illustrations of ice skating, bike riding, swimming, and beautiful autumn foliage.  


Ideal for bedtime stories and Sunday School, both early reader books evoke the classic stories using the original vibrant artwork by Stan and Jan Berenstain, while emphasizing a fresh Christian message that will appeal to Berenstain Bear fans everywhere.


ABOUT THE AUTHORS: Stan and Jan Berenstain introduced the first Berenstain Bear books in 1962. Mike Berenstain grew up watching his parents write about and draw these lovable bears. Eventually he started drawing and writing about them too. Since the late 80s, he has been very much involved as a writer and illustrator with his family's creation, the Berenstain Bears. He continued to work with his mother, Jan, creating new books up until her death this year. The antics and activities of Mike's three children have provided inspiration for many Berenstain Bears books over the years. Though Stan and Jan passed away in 2005 and 2012, respectively, Mike continues to create the delightful Bear adventures from a studio in Pennsylvania, in an area that looks much like the sunny dirt road deep in Bear Country.





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