Guest Author - Taisha Turner
Stan and Jan Berenstain write The Berenstain Bears and the Green-Eyed Monster. The Berenstains tackle many issues and first experiences in a child’s life. In this picture book, the subjects are jealousy and envy.
The Berenstain Bears live in a tree house in Bear Country. It is Brother Bear’s birthday. Family and friends give him a birthday party. Brother Bear receives many presents. Mother and Papa Bear give him a brand new three-speed bicycle. Sister Bear becomes jealous and envies the bicycle. Mother Bear recognizes the look in her daughter’s eyes. She warns her of the Green-Eyed Monster.
It is bedtime, Sister Bear goes to sleep and dream. She dreams she is on the brand-new bicycle. Oh no, the little sister cannot ride the bike and crashes. Brother Bear’s bicycle is broken. Sister Bear awakens from the nightmare with a shout. She no longer envies the racing bicycle.
The next day, a family friend arrives with a brand-new car. Sister Bear sees the look of jealousy and envy on her Papa’s face. She warns him of the Green-Eyed Monster. The Papa agrees.
Stan and Jan Berenstain’s picture books are very popular with children between four and eight. Each book deals with an issue of concern to children. Use the books to start a conversation on the subject. Children need to learn how to deal with their feelings.
Children will enjoy The Berenstain Bears and the Green-Eyed Monster. They have experienced jealousy or envy at one time or another. Now they know the words to describe their feelings. Also, they are aware others do the same. Plus, children like monsters and the one in the book is cute. Read the book aloud to small children. By the age of seven, they can read the book on their own.
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