- By Stan Berenstain Jan Berenstain

The Berenstain Bears and the Prize Pumpkin

  • Title: The Berenstain Bears and the Prize Pumpkin
  • Author: Stan Berenstain Jan Berenstain
  • ISBN: 9780679808473
  • Page: 356
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Berenstain Bears and the Prize Pumpkin The Bear family might not win the blue ribbon for their entry in the pumpkincontest during the annual Bear Country Thanksgiving Festival but they do gaina new appreciation of the true spirit of the h

    The Bear family might not win the blue ribbon for their entry in the pumpkincontest during the annual Bear Country Thanksgiving Festival, but they do gaina new appreciation of the true spirit of the holiday and all they have to bethankful for.

    1 thought on “The Berenstain Bears and the Prize Pumpkin

    1. I LOVE this book and the message it sends to young children. As a coach and teacher, this is as important to me as any, except reading of course. The family of bears try and try and win the blue ribbon at the pumpkin contest but they come up short, however, they gain more and more knoweldge about the importance of being gracious losers and they also learn about the importance of the festival itself. To me, this lesson of being a gracious loser is invaluable. One must always learn how to lose fir [...]

    2. I know some people love the Berenstain Bears and have good memories from childhood, but I felt this story was long, boring, and outdated. Papa sets a bad example with his poor attitude and while Mama brings it around to a good lesson by the end, it felt a little forced. I read this story aloud to a kindergarten class and they were not really into it.

    3. A fun story that doesn't end the way you think and reminds us of thankfulness and looking for the silver lining.Ages: 4 - 8Cleanliness: does mention twice that Halloween has passed.#fall #autumn #thanksgiving

    4. I like the Berenstain Bears books but sometimes I think they make Papa bear to be stupid and self center so much that it doesn't provide a good view of Fathers.

    5. I liked the cover page with the huge pumpkin and curling vine and leaves. There was a picture tacked to it of the bear family with their big pumpkin. Bear Country was pretty with the sunset sky and big pink sun behind a barn. It was weird how Papa Bear said “Farmer Ben’s not such a much.” What the heck does that mean? That sounds so stupid. Papa Bear actually sounds the most like me! He took what Farmer Ben said as an insult and grumbled to his family about it. Ben told him he had a nice l [...]

    6. I thought it was funny when Papa Bear said no two things in nature are alike, because I immediately thought of twins. &then on the next page Sister Bear mentions her friend’s twin brothers.The page of Bear Country was so quant-looking, and the writing sounded really good. I was surprised, because I didn’t know they wrote so well. It sounded lyrical. ‘It was well into fall, so the days were getting shorter. Halloween had come and gone. Pretty soon the Bears would start thinking about Ch [...]

    7. I originally read this book because it was one of my favorite childhood books and I wanted to see if it lived up to the love I had for it as a child. After reading it I can say it did, and now as an adult, I can also see all of the teachable aspects the book has for children as well. This book is filled with characters with district personalities and great illustrations that make it enjoyable for a child to read. It also has a great message about the true meaning of Thanksgiving hidden inside of [...]

    8. The Bear family might not win the blue ribbon for their entry in the pumpkin contest during the annual Bear Country Thanksgiving Festival, but they do gain a new appreciation of the true spirit of the holiday and all they have to be thankful for. Mama Bear's reminders about the true meaning of Thanksgiving are left in the dust as the spirit of competition takes over and Papa Bear and the cubs begin a campaign to win first prize in the Thanksgiving Pumpkin contest.This book is great to teach kids [...]

    9. Papa Bear has his heart set on winning the prize for the biggest pumpkin. He waters his pumpkin and fertilizes it, and even talks to it. Mama tries to get his mind off winning, and get him to focus on the beauties of nature and the coming Thanksgiving holiday, but Papa is grimly determined to win the pumpkin contest. Unlike most Berenstain Bear books, this one is all about Papa. Brother and Sister Bear are minor characters this time, so the book loses a lot of its kid-appeal. We don't really car [...]

    10. Papa Bear has his heart set on winning the prize for the biggest pumpkin. He waters his pumpkin and fertilizes it, and even talks to it. Mama tries to get his mind off winning, and get him to focus on the beauties of nature and the coming Thanksgiving holiday, but Papa is grimly determined to win the pumpkin contest. Unlike most Berenstain Bear books, this one is all about Papa. Brother and Sister Bear are minor characters this time, so the book loses a lot of its kid-appeal. We don't really car [...]

    11. This book is about competition. Papa Bear wants to have the biggest pumpkin and win the pumpkin competition, but the farmer always wins. So Papa Bear stays up day and night watching and protecting his pumpkin and he even tires to sneak in and see how big the farmers pumpkin is. He is so focused on winning that he forgets the most important part is just spending time with family and being with the ones you love. I love this book because it teaches kids that there is more to life than winning and [...]

    12. Here is a book with my favorite family in it, this time round; the bear family is trying to raise the biggest pumpkin in all of Bear County. Everyone works together and they try to make their pumpkin the biggest and best. In the end their pumpkin doesn’t win, they make good use of the huge pumpkin.1. Have the students make a pinyata pumpkin, and hang it in the classroom with a blue ribbon on it. 2. Have the students make a list of all the different things that you can do with pumpkins.

    13. This story seemed kind of all over the place. For one, it was included in the Berenstain Bear trilogy book called "Happy Halloween," but it's actually about after Halloween. Then there's a little bit of Thanksgiving mixed in. Then there's some "nature is glorious" messaging. Anyway, Papa Bear obsesses over the giant pumpkin he's growing and wants to beat Farmer Ben, who always wins the biggest pumpkin contest. When does Mama Bear get to stop playing the straight man and have a little fun? She's [...]

    14. The competitive side of Papa Bear comes out as he watches "The Giant" grow larger, rounder, and oranger in his pumpkin patch. He reckon's he can even beat the pants of Farmer Ben in the pumpkin contest this year. Mama tries to remind the cubs and Papa that Thanksgiving time is not about "beating the pants off Farmer Ben," but about family and giving thanks. Will she be able to make them take her message to heart though??

    15. love this great story always have.s not quite time for thanksgiving but its coming up soon. And a few years back my grandfather actually passed away on thanksgiving day always remembering what I am grateful for is hard cause. Deep down even though I can't do anything about it.I wish my grandfather was still around.but I try to make up for it by remembering what the holiday is truly aboutd living the way i know my grandfather would want me to.

    16. This book is in my category. It is about how papa bear and the kids have a pumpkin that they want to enter into a pumpkin contest. I like this book because it is silly and teaches kids about not being greedy. If I was to teach this book, I would want to look at brother and sister bear. The lines that they say and their actions and why we think they are acceptable to read about.

    17. The Berenstain Bears are planting a pumpkin. Papa Bear wants the pumpkin to win the blue ribbon in the fall festival. He wants to beat Farmer Bear this year and his pumpkin. Will Papa Bear win the pumpkin contest? I would use this book in my classroom to teach students about competition and what it means to be competitive. I would also use it as a fall book to read to my students.

    18. Despite the fact that the father figure is almost always portrayed as muddleheaded comic relief, a stigma which I don't appreciate in children's books, there are a few Berenstain Bear books that let down their hair, don't try so hard to contrive a story in order to force feed a moral message, and just have fun. In that realm, this one works.

    19. This is the Thanksgiving story of the Bear Family. They get so caught up in trying to win the biggest pumpkin contest that they forget about the true meaning of Thanksgiving. This could be used when talking about what people are thankful for. It could also be a good thing to bring out when talking about competition.

    20. In this outing, Papa Bear and the cubs learn that winning isn't everything--in fact, sometimes it pays to come in second, or even third!Very cute.Read in Austin. Lonene purchased it for the kids' library.

    21. I've always loved The Berenstain Bears, and this one did not disappoint me. It was a nice read about the meaning of Thanksgiving and how it's okay to not always come in 1st place. Definitely a keeper!

    22. I read so many Berenstain Bears books during elementary school it's ridiculous!I rated every book that I read during childhood 5 stars.Why? Well because that was a time in my life when I loved every single thing I read. And because they bring back fond memories. Ah, the joys of being young!

    23. ★★★★The Berenstain Bears and the Prize Pumpkin by Stan and Jan Berenstain So Papa has one goal, beat Farmer Ben in the "Biggest Pumpkin Contest."The cubs watch it grow. But Mama tries to get everyone to realize, winning isn't everything, the season is about nature, family, and giving thanks.

    24. This book is bullshit! As if bears can talk! It's like another book from the old testament. Oh, and since when do bears participate in agriculture? Bears wearing clothes? One star for lack of versimilitude.

    25. I thought this was a good look at how Thanksgiving can get overlooked, and I liked the little twist at the end where Sister pointed out a reason to be thankful for something that originally disappointed them.

    26. The Berenstain Bears books are one of my favorite children's series. I enjoyed them as a little girl and now enjoy reading them to my children. Each one is cute and always teaches a simple lesson.

    27. Same story with this Berenstein Bear book. I am not a big fan of these books like I used to be when I was a child.

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