The Berenstain Bears Do Their Best by Jan Berenstain and son Mike is a lesson in determination and trust. When a kite flying contest is announced, Papa Bear builds a bright red, traditional kite for Sister and Brother Bear to enter into the event. However, the other contestants laugh at them. The competitors have delicately designed kites made in the shapes of animals, with many bright colors, and numerous fancy streamers. But Papa Bear says that having faith in something tried and true is better than yielding to passing whims. Trusting in God is something that can be depended on, for example. As the contest begins, the wind picks up. Many of the flimsy kites are snapped and broken as the gusts get stronger. But the sturdy red traditional kite built by Papa Bear holds firm, and he and the children win the trophy. Upon arriving home and showing their loving cup to Mama Bear, she, too, reaffirms that faith in God and in those things of life which have firmness and completeness are what the children can depend on.
The book is written in rhymed couplets that young children ages 4-7 will be able to memorize and later read easily. The drawings are brightly colored, and the book begins by quoting Proverbs 16:3, "Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and our plan will succeed." This is a good Bible lesson that is also entertaining. -- Dr. Dennis E. Hensley, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
Iíll make a kite. Just wait and see, with the special talents that God gave me! Papa and the Bear cubs enter a kite flying contest with a homemade kite. They work hard and do their best, but with all the negative comments they hear from others, will their kite actually fly let alone win the contest?