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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan Kidz Books (Sept. 22 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310712475
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310712473
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 19.3 x 0.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 100 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #72,437 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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By Gin on April 8 2011
Format: Paperback
I appreciated this book a lot and the message it was trying to convey, but may be too deep for youngest children. The depth of the importance of this message and Sisters' own coming-to-recognize her not following the golden rule in her OWN self "should have" been focused on a bit more. I sometimes find Berenstain books to teach lessons by "insinuation"... but they are still good books nonetheless.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Lomax on July 27 2011
Format: Paperback
Having very much enjoyed reading the Berenstain Bears books to my kids, I was looking for some new ones, and found this and several others I hadn't read before. I guess what happened is partially my fault; I didn't read carefully enough. What I got, instead of the usual warm and (for the reading level) nuanced story, was some bland religious instruction. The story was one of the poorest, least interesting, most preachy Berenstain stories I've seen, mostly because it was a shallow excuse for quoting and paraphrasing come cherry-picked bible pap. Be warned: the "living lights" series makes use of these lovable bears as shills for bland religious indoctrination. Bleah. Interesting that, while you can read a few sample pages of most of the Berenstain books, the same courtesy is not extended for the "living lights" series; this smacks of dishonesty. I guess it's back to Franklin and Arthur for my family.
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Living Lights Series is a Breath of Fresh Air for Christians! April 20 2012
By The Warrant W4 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I have read many of the naysayers and the positive comments about the new Living Lights series by the Berenstains. I have researched their series and grew up on their early books and treasured every positive message. I turned to these books for positive character advice and values when I couldn't ask my parents. I wish that the Berenstains had begun the Living Lights series for Christians when I was young. I researched the beginning of what made the family decide to write about Christian values. Stan DID discuss this concept with Mike and Jan before he died and began the groundwork for this series.

Jan wrote these Living Lights books while Mike illustrated them, so they are INDEED reflective of the entire family. If you are offended by the Living Lights series, please look at all the books that have recently come out for publication by the Berenstain Family. Right now, Mike has 6 Living Lights books with titles set for pre-sale and release in 2012 on Amazon published by Zonderkidz. He has 9 books set for pre-sale and release in 2012 published by Harper that are called "First Time Books" or "I Can Read."

Jan may have been involved in writing some of these books that haven't been published yet since she recently died, but it doesn't matter who wrote them. The point is the family HAS tread on their ministry lightly and decided around 2005 not to hide their light of Jesus or their faith under a bushel anymore. They are NOT trying to force their christianity on anyone. They are offering Christians some decent Christian children's stories for Christians to choose to buy for their children.

Almost every single Living Lights book they have written has an almost parallel "First Time Book." So parents can choose which version they want. For instance, there is the Living Lights "Easter Story" (2012) and the First Time Books "Real Easter Egg" (2002). There is "Too Much T.V." published in 1984 and "Discover God's Creation" published in 2010 that are basically the same story but instead of calling the outdoors "Mother Nature," they call it "God's Creation." Same message, turn off the t.v. and go outside. The "Jobs Around Town" (2011) even states in the inside of the book that it is a reprint of "On the Job" from 1987. The only difference is instead of just saying "talents" they say "God-given talents."

Stan and Jan Berenstain wrote a book called "The Bear Essentials: Everything Today's Hard-Pressed Parent Needs to Know About Bringing Up Happy, Healthy Kids" that was published before Stan died in 2005. The introduction to the book says their reason for writing a guide to parents is because they received thousands of emails and letters a year from parents asking them to give them "further advice on issues we have addressed in our First Time Books Series" pg. 8.

I hoarded these books as a child because my parents were neglectful and didn't have a clue about the challenges that go on in public schools. In many ways, I feel that the Berenstains were my parents. You might want to be careful about assuming you know what your child needs. Children don't tell their parents anything. Give them choice and options. Anyone that can speak about a children's book that mentions God or Jesus with such hatred on a review of a book makes me wonder what kind of "real character" their children are getting from their parents or any book the parents bring into their house. I have been a school teacher for 11 years and know that most of the parents of my students had absolutely no idea what their children were really involved in. If they don't talk to you, they will find out their information from somewhere.

Regardless, Mike is giving you choice, more than anyone else that would try to cram their views down our throats. I had to wait 30 years for the Berenstains to have the courage to speak up, yet they did when very few people do. As a christian, I should have a right as a citizen and human being to have books IN PRINT that I can choose for my child that are christian and do not talk about the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus and make believe stuff that they will one day realize you LIED to them, so how can they believe anything?? If you do not like Christian books, don't buy them. The Berenstains have written and published over 300 books and they are ALL in print and available on Amazon. No one cares when christians get offended by the lack of tolerance for our religion. But it's time some parents grow up and stop acting betrayed by the Berenstains.

In the meantime, thank you Mike for keeping the candle lit that your parents started 50 years ago.
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Golden Rule Jan. 12 2009
By Scott Holmes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The kids and I enjoy these classic stories. They combine timeless principles and morals with fun kids' stories, which is always great. The only thing that I am slightly disappointed about in these stories is that they paint Dad as "dummy" and almost on a peer level with the children at times. The stories would be even better without that.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Very Valuable! Sept. 20 2008
By Margaret C. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
It's been years since I have read any of the adventures with the Berenstain Bears, but it was definitely a strong part of my earliest childhood that I have spare memories of. The Berenstain Bears and the Golden Rule is a winner in my opinion and a shelf keeper for every family.

Sister Bear gets to learn more about that phrase she knows so well, but has never really considered. This classic is a wonderful learning tool for any child and I strongly recommend it. On the inside of the back cover is a reader's guide, which I do not remember as a child, but has great questions to further the learning and understanding of a reader.

What a wonderful experience spending time with the Berenstain Bears is, I cannot wait for more!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Golden rule misunderstandings March 21 2011
By Cricket - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Do not pay any attention to Deboarah "hamish", the book is not "Christian proselytizing".

It quotes the Golden Rule as it is popularly known in our culture, and gives a nice, if a little wordy, story that has no religious content.

The other popular Golden Rule book, by Ilene Cooper and Gabi Swiatkowska, makes a number of false statements about the Golden Rule. For one thing, it is not known all over the world. Some cultures practice the rule "do it to them before they do it to you." In addition, the statement "treat people the way you would like to be treated" is not the same thing as "love your neighbor as your self", which requires empathy as opposed to a simple, possibly insincere, behavior. Finally, I do not believe what they have for Judaism is the best quote; the Torah also contains "love your neighbor as yourself."
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Do unto others... Nov. 30 2008
By Christine M. Irvin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The Berenstain Bears and the Golden Rule, created by Jan, Stan and Mike Berenstain, is one in a new series of books by this well-known team, each dealing with a Biblical theme or idea. Their previous titles were considered secular books, even though many of them dealt with moral issues.

In this book, Sister Bear is given a new locket, one engraved with the Golden Rule inside it. Even though she has heard the Golden Rule, and even seen it in print many times (as Mama Bear has a sampler of it hanging on the living room wall), she never really understood what it meant. But that changes when a new girl, Suzy MacGrizzie, comes to school, and Sister Bear finally invites her to join her circle of friends.

The Bible verse, "Do to others what you would have them do to you," (Matthew 7:12) is printed on the first inside page of the book. There is a section on the back cover with discussion questions and activities relating to the ideas in the book.

The illustrations are the usual, colorful cartoon-like drawings that have made this series of books so popular.

What I Like: I like the idea that the Berenstains are tackling issues that are considered Christian in nature. Although the stories are still fictional, the added depth in the subject matter is encouraging.

I also think they did a good job of introducing, and explaining, the idea of the Golden Rule. They did it in a manner that is very kid-friendly. It's one thing to be told what it means; it's another thing to actually have a chance to act out the meaning.

What I Dislike: Although the Bible verse is mentioned at the front of the book, there is no other reference to the Bible in the actual story. When Sister Bears asks what the Golden Rule is, Mama Bear says, "The Golden Rule is one of the most important rules there is." I think Mama should have also said that the Golden Rule is a verse from the Bible.

Overall Rating: Excellent.

Age Appeal: 4-8.

Christine M. Irvin - Christian Children's Book Review

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