My kids grew up reading about the adventures and mishaps of the Berenstain Bear family. Brother and Sister Bear getting lost, dealing with messiness, going to the dentist, learning manners, meeting new neighbors, running from a swarm of bees, fishing, handling bullies, learning to ride a bike, and so much more. I was surprised when I learned that there were new Berenstain Bear books. Although Stan and Jan Berenstain have both died, their son Mike is writing and illustrating Bear family books. So I put a few on hold at my public library, and this was among the first to come in.
In this story, the Berenstain family is like a lot of modern families. They used to go to church and Sunday School, but the day has morphed into a sports practice/ballet/grocery-shopping/TV day instead. One day Mama has a family meeting, and points out that if they go to the early service at the chapel, there will still be time to do the other things.
The family agrees rather reluctantly. But when they actually step out the front door and start going, they meet others doing the same thing and start catching the excitement of worshiping with others. Brother and Sister Bear go to Sunday School, and end up having the same teacher their Papa and Mama had many years ago. The songs and Bible story bring spiritual refreshment to the entire family.
I loved this book! After reading it myself, I tried it out on my grandson, age 5, and he loved it. As I started reading aloud, my 10-year-old granddaughter sat down on the other side of me because she wanted to hear it. There are some books you just can’t put an age limit on, and this is one of those books.