Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The Berenstain Bears' Harvest Festival by Mike Berenstain

Disclaimer: I was given a free copy of this book for the purpose of review. My integrity is not for sale. Those who know me well are aware I would relish the chance to give a bad review in exchange for a free book. If I've failed to do so, it has nothing to do with the source of the material and only with the material itself.

I've never been a big fan of the "Christian" commercial market, things marketed specifically to Christians, so I'll admit a natural bias towards this new incarnation of the Berenstain Bears which seem intent on outright evangelism. I always thought the old books captured important life lessons without potentially alienating an audience that might be averse to religion.

At the same time, these books are relatively innocuous as far as evangelism goes. The Harvest Festival is exactly as it sounds, a book about a church festival at Farmer Ben's celebrating the harvest. The bears pick apples and have a hayride and pray before dinner. It's an interesting story, but nowhere near as involved or interesting as some of the Berenstain classics. I'm still not I'm still not sure the point of a book like this is, but if there are more Berenstain Bear books coming down the pipe, my three year old will love it. Her review: "I love it because it's so fun."

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