Friday, October 7, 2016

The Berenstain Bears and the Christmas Angel

The Berenstain Bears are a classic. I remember growing up with them when I was younger. I gave my kids a choice of Christmas books they might like to review. This was one of them. So I am excited to be able to do so.

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This book is going to be a Christmas present to my youngest son. He is 5 years old. Well, at Christmas time, he will be 6, but who is counting!

When I was reading this book, I was thinking initially, "oh this is such a cute little Christmas time book." Then I went on to finish reading it. Of course. I was a little sadden that it included a lot about Jesus at the end because my middle child doesn't like these kinds of books. And it was not in a subtle sort of way that it was presented.

There would be a much broader appeal and still get the same message across if it were written a little differently and would suffice for hard core Christians and those that aren't believers as well. Yes, that would include mentioning Jesus, even including all what they said, which is why many celebrate Christmas, but it would be done a little more tasteful in my opinion. It seems to be the focus of the book... even if it was in the back of the book because the book pretty much ended with a bible verse and a "yay, Merry Christmas." It could have been better done and kept the engagement more and been a bit longer of a book. Nevertheless, I am sure my kids will enjoy it... at least two of them will.

Again, nothing bad about this book, it's very cute. For a full Christian family this would be perfect. For a family like mine that is a hybrid of beliefs right now (essentially, I allow my kids to come to faith on their own not forcing it on them) this is not as ideal as possible while serving all my kids' and their beliefs. But sometimes you can't do that.

Again, a very cute book. Just a few word changes and making the book longer with more in it about how they live it out and so forth, would make it better in my opinion.

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