Saturday, June 21, 2014

Gone Fishin' by Mike Berenstain -- ADVISABLE

Berenstain, Mike The Berenstain Bears: Gone Fishin'. HarperCollins I Can Read, 2014. $3.99. Content: G.

Papa Bear takes Brother, Sister, and Honey fishing so he can show them how it's done. Unfortunately for him, his fancy rod and reel catch nothing but river junk. It's his cubs, with their plain poles and lines, who have all the luck. Finally, a surprise catch that helps Papa see that maybe the fanciest, most expensive gear is not always the best.

This fun, easy reader makes a good addition to any Berenstain Bears collection. Papa Bear's accidental catches will likely elicit a few a few giggles, and many children will enjoy seeing his comeuppance. If used in the classroom, it could make a good lesson in perseverance and handling disappointment gracefully.

EL (K-3) -- ADVISABLE. Reviewer: Caryn

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