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I don’t know if you’ve noticed that I’m on a roll with the children’s picture books lately. I like the idea of teaching small children through engaging picture books, in smaller groups where they have an opportunity to engage and talk with their teacher. What child doesn’t love being read to? Sometimes you have to train them to enjoy it, if it’s not a regular activity at home. So…I’ve been checking out kids books that would be appropriate to use during Sunday School. In The Berenstain Bears Thanksgiving Blessings the bear family is headed to Grizzly Gramp’s and Gran’s for Thanksgiving. They borrow a horse-drawn sleigh from Farmer Ben and on the way, they discuss things they are thankful for–the freedom to worship God the way we choose, peace and abundance, work and play, and family and friends. The history of the United States is told with all the people being replaced by bears, so that could be slightly confusing. Also, at one point Brother remarks that it’s a shame there are no Native Bears to celebrate Thanksgiving with them. The comment is brushed off by Gramps who says that “My great, great grandmother was one-quarter Native Bear and I am ready to share.” I thought that seemed rather flippant–as if the bloodline were all that counted, and not the culture and traditions that go along with it. I’d probably just change the text at that point if I were to read it aloud.
In the back are a few discussion questions, and a couple of activity ideas. There is also an insert of stickers with different scenes from the story included.