Berenstain, Mike. The Berenstain Bears’ Valentine Love Bug, PICTURE BOOK. Harper Festival, 2014. $6.99. Content: G.
Sister bear is busy getting her Valentine’s Day cards ready for her class party, when she hears that news that her cousin is about to get married and she’d like Sister to be her flower girl. Sister drops everything and becomes very preoccupied with the wedding. Mama becomes concerned when Sister forgets all about her party at school and only seems interested in topics that have a more adult focus (gossiping about who is dating who, invitations, flowers, wedding cakes and gifts). Mama speaks with Sister about her gossiping and Sister immediately begins finishing her cards for the party. The school party comes and Sister has such a wonderful time that she almost forgets about the wedding.
I love the Berenstain Bears. I think they always have such a good way of approaching some of life’s more difficult situations. But, I was really bored by this book. I thought the topic was a little unnecessary for a children’s book and somewhat stereotyped how every little girl might feel about being in a wedding. The book comes with a poster, Valentine cards, and stickers, which is pretty fun. All in all, not something you absolutely will miss if you don’t add it to your Berenstain Bears collection.
Pre-K, EL (K-3)- OPTIONAL. Reviewed by: Shay, School Librarian