**I received free product samples in order to do this review.**
I am a forty-something year old woman, and I ♥ the Berenstain Bears. That is because I grew up reading their books. Over my childhood years I amassed a rather large collection of their books. I still have many of them that I had saved for my own children. They are now safely tucked away in storage boxes in my father’s basement in hopes that I can read them to my grandchildren some day.
When I was young all I remembered about the books is that they were entertaining. It was fun to see what adventure brother and sister bear got themselves into. I also used to try and think of what their real names would be other than brother and sister bear.
It wasn’t until I was a grown up and read the books to my own children that I realized that each of the stories teach a very valuable lesson. In fact, it was so clear to me as an adult what each episode was about. They were each meant to teach children an important life lesson or moral.
I was excited when the Berenstain Bears appeared on TV. I remember watchin a few of their specials. I remember an old episode about a Chrsitmas tree and another one that was about Easter. I can’t remember them in detail because I saw them so many years ago.
Thanks to PBS Kids the Berenstain Bears can be seen regularly on television, bringing this loving bear family into the lives of a whole new generation.
Thanks to Phase 4 Films you can not only bring the Berenstain Bears episodes into your home, but also also a special edition Brother and Sister plush toy.
Through Phase 4 Films family friendly kaboom! Entertainment line, there are new limited edition Berenstain Bears products are available at your local Walmart.
My personal favorites are the Limited Edition Golden Gift Sets featuring Brother Bear and Sister Bear. Each set retails for $19.99 each and comes with a DVD that includes over TWO HOURS of Berenstain Bears episodes and super adorable plush Brother or Sister Bear.
The Limited Edition Golden Gift Set Brother Bear includes a plush Brother Bear and two hours of special episodes that put Brother Bear into the spotlight.
Brother Bear loves sports of all kinds, especially soccer. He often acts as protector and stands up for the smaller cubs at school.
The Limited Edition Golden Gift Set Sister Bear includes a plush Sister Bear and two hours of Berenstain Bears episodes that highlight the youngest family member.
Sister Bear is a spirited, spunky third-grader. Outdoorsy and sports-minded she also loves fairytales, writing and jump rope.
These sets are a fun way to introduce your child (or grandchild) to the wonderful world of Berenstain Bears. These sets are also fabulous for a child (or grandchild) who has already fallen in love with the bear family that lives on the sunny dirt road.
I think adding the plush helps to bring the series to life. Not only that, they make great new “friends”.
If you have a son and a daughter (or grandson and granddaughter) it would be fun to give each one of them a set. The can re-enact scenes from the episodes that they watch from the DVDs.
In addition to the special Limited Edition Golden Brother Bear and Sister Bear gift sets there is also a Berenstain Bears 5oth Anniversary DVD collection.
This special limited edition set comes with three DVDs. Each one has several full length episodes. The episodes are grouped by themes so all the episodes on each DVD have similar subject matter.
Here is a break down of each DVD and whate episodes you’ll find on them.
- The Birthday Boy
- Count Their Blessings
- Double Dare
- Trouble with Money
- Slumber Party
- Go to School
- Trouble at School
- Jump Rope Contest
- The In Crowd
- Go Up and Down
- The Big Election
- The Giant Mall
- Showdown at Birder’s Wood
- That Stump Must Go
I have watched just about all of these DVDs collections (I have a few more episodes to go).
Unlike other shows geared towards children, which can be rather UNentertianing for adults to watch, that is NOT the case with the Berenstain Bears. I enjoy watching each episodes. My husband even said that they are much more enjoyable to watch compared to other kiddie shows, especially the weird shows they offer children these days.
I have to laugh because I see my own children in Brother and Sister Bear. For example, in the episode “Country Your Blessings” my kids are always making it a point of telling us what their friends have – how their friends have the latest tech gadget, or the trendy new outfit. They always make a point of saying what they DON’T have and comparing themselves with what their friends have. Just like the Berenstain Bears parents, we always make it a point of reminding our kids what they DO HAVE, like plenty of food ot eat, a roof over their heads, an education, parents who love them, a warm bed to sleep in at night, and so forth.
Some episodes have some humor in them too. Take for example “Go Up and Down”. Poor Mr. Berenstain wants to take the kids out fishing but the fishing trip gets ruined because he keeps forgetting supplies that they need. Everything is up at the cabin and poor Mr. Berenstain has to walk up and down the steps so many times that he’s exhausted. By the time they get the boat out into the lake the fish are no longer biting.
I can totally relate to his situation. We live on a top floor condo with six flights of steps. I cannot tell you how many times I have had to make numerous trips up and down the stairs because I forget things.
Whether you opt to get the Limited Edition Golden Brother Bear and Sister Bear gift sets, or the Berenstain Bears 5oth Anniversary DVD collection (or all sets!) you are sure to delight the Berenstain Bears fan in your life.
Please note that the sets are LIMITED EDITIONS, so if you want them you need to hurry up to your nearest Walmart and grab them before they are all gone. You could always hold on to these and give as gifts later on in the year (these would make great Christmas or birthday presents).
With summer right around the corner many families are planning on road trips. Taking along the Berenstain Bears DVDs and a plush Brother and/or Sister bear would a fun way to keep your child/children entertained.
*I received free screener copies and other materials for my participation in this campaign with Child’s Play Communications. The opinions expressed are my own and were not influenced in any way