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Berenstain Bears: Play A Good Game [Paperback]

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Item Description...
When a fight breaks out during Brother and Sister Bear's soccer game, Missus Ursula reminds everyone about fair play and sportsmanship.

Publishers Description
The Little Lights Berenstain Bear series helps children learn how God wants them to live every day. Coach Papa Bear wants his team to play fair. But the other coach just wants to win. The Berenstain Bears Play Fair shows that players and coaches should act in a way that pleases God.

Item Specifications...

Pages   32
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.04" Width: 7.86" Height: 0.13"
Weight:   0.25 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 2009
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
Age  4-7
ISBN  0310712521  
EAN  9780310712527  
UPC  025986712525  

Availability  117 units.
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Lesson in sportsmanship  Dec 15, 2009
Reviewed by Cayden Aures (age 5) and Mom for Reader Views (12/09)

In "The Berenstain Bears: Play a Good Game" Brother and Sister Bear are excited because it is fall and fall means that it is time for soccer season to start! The coach of their team is Papa Bear and their team name is the Rockets. Both Brother and Sister had their strong points and truly enjoyed playing the game. They don't really worry much about winning the game. However, today they were playing the Steamrollers who had a completely different outlook on the game. The Steamrollers played to win and didn't care how they did it.

Cayden: "I liked that they were playing soccer. I played soccer before but I never saw anyone hit the ball with their head like Sister Bear does. I like that the Rockets were a nice team but the Steamrollers were bullies and knocked people over. They weren't very nice. I liked when the lady came on the field at the end and told them that that wasn't nice to be like that and then they played nicer. "

Parent's comments:

"The Berenstain Bears: Play a Good Game" teaches a great lesson in sportsmanship. My son enjoyed the illustrations and the storyline. At the end of the book there are activities and questions to do with your child which help to reinforce the lessons being taught. We are looking forward to our next visit to Bear Country!
Breaths new life into the Bears  Jul 28, 2009
Ever since the son took over authoring these books, they have really gone downhill in quality. The new method of illustrating looks rough and unfinished and the writing is not the same caliber style as when the parents wrote it. With that being said, these new 'Little Lights' books are the first ones I've liked in the series in almost a decade. I am an adult collector of the First Time Book series, which I consider 'Little Lights' a part of, and I bought 3 of the 'Little Lights' books to sample and really have enjoyed them and plan on buying more. I'm looking forward to the Thanksgivng one due to be released soon and hope they continue with the series. I also hope they consider bringing back the Big Chapter books. I think they were better than the First Time Books and they explore the other minor characters more like Too-Tall and Queenie.
The 3 1/2 year old LOVES it!  Jul 8, 2009
My granddaughter absolutely LOVES this book. We have read it and read it, and she still wants to read it! She adores all the Berenstain books. Her Mom did too!
boys love it  Jun 29, 2009
great message kids will love it if they like sports we really like it they are 5 & 7 boys
Be a good sport  May 6, 2009
I am a huge fan of the Berenstain Bears series of books. My kids grew up reading the picture books and then graduated to the chapter books. My youngest son, who is now 14, still occasionally reads a Berenstain Bears book. So, I was eager to review a couple of the latest books in the picture book series.

As you might expect, The Berenstain Bears Play a Good Game, written and illustrated by Jan and Mike Berenstain, is a story about playing a game. In this case, the game is soccer, as both Brother and Sister Bear are avid soccer players. They are both on the same team, the Rockets, which is coached by Papa Bear. He doesn't know much about soccer but he knows how to cheer his team on. And, their motto is the old familiar one: "It's not whether you win or lose that counts, but how you play the game." But one team in the league, the Steamrollers, has the opposite motto. Their coach tells them, "It isn't how you play the game that counts, but whether you win or lose!"

When the two teams meet up, of course there is trouble. The Steamrollers "roll" right over the Rockets. For the most part, the Steamrollers play fair, but the Rockets are just no match for them. When the score is 5-0 in favor of the Steamrollers, things start to heat up. Brother and Sister Bear set up a sneaky play that scores them their first goal of the game. Then the biggest player on the opposing team, Too-Tall, fouls Sister Bear, knocking her flat on her back. She's okay, but Papa Bear is concerned about his daughter so Papa starts yelling at the coach of the opposing team. The ref tries to keep them apart, but he's helpless to control the situation when everyone starts spilling out of the stands and onto the field.

The excitement is quelled when an old bear, Missus Ursula, a former Sunday school teacher, comes onto the field. She shames both the coaches who are former students in her Sunday school class. "I'm very disappointed with both of you," she says. "Is this the way I taught you to behave in my Sunday school? Is this any sort of example to set for the cubs?" When she quotes the Bible, "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God," she has the two coaches shake hands. The game then continues with both sides playing fair.

As with all the "Living Lights" series of books, there is a section at the back of the book called "Activities and Questions from Brother and Sister Bear." There are two questions about what the reader thinks of the story and three different sports-related activities for kids.

The illustrations are the typical, bright, cartoon-like pictures used in all Berenstain Bear picture books.

What I Like: I like the fact that Missus Ursula quoted a Bible verse in her dialogue. A different Bible verse, Matthew 5:16, is given on the title page as the basis for the story.

What I Dislike: I like reading new Berenstain Bear books as I like to see what new topics the series covers. Sportsmanship is always a good topic for a children's book. But I was a bit disappointed with this story ending; I think it was a bit too predictable. I'm not sure how I would have changed it to make it better, but I think the issue should have been resolved by someone other than Missus Ursula.

Overall Rating: However, the overall rating is still very good.

Age Appeal: 4-8.

Christine M. Irvin - Christian Children's Book Review

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