here) in which I mentioned a series of books by Stanley and Jan Berenstain. The Berenstains are very well-known authors of a series of over 300 simple children's picture books. Many parents will be familiar with books like 'The Big Honey Hunt' and the 'Bear Detectives'. These simple books usually have no more than 300-500 words of different vocabulary. They are engaging and amusing stories about an endearing family of bears. They have many adventures and have been popular with children aged from 1-7 years for almost 50 years.
Christian publisher Zondervan and Oceanhouse Media have formed a partnership to produce a series of Berenstain books in eBook form that have Christian themes. The books include 'The Berenstain Bears Say Their Prayers', 'The Berenstain Bears Go To Sunday School', 'The Berenstain Bears And The Golden Rule' and 'God Loves You'. All are available for $US4.99.
Like all the Oceanhouse ePicture books, a simple format is used that incorporates the original artwork and text from the books. They have options to hear the book, read it yourself or auto play. They feature background audio and when you tap the pictures labels appear which can be read or heard. In the read aloud format their is word-by-word highlighting of text.
The books are an example of the type of Christian writing for children that I described in a previous post as 'Moral Tales' that are based on biblical verses or principles. How would I assess them? In short, they are an enjoyable and engaging series of stories that offer opportunities for parents to discuss moral issues and life according to Christian principles. Parents would certainly not see books of this type as a substitute for simply reading a good children's Bible with children, but as extra reading they would be helpful if parents are prepared to discuss the books.
Free PROMO codes
If you would like to download a free copy of 'The Berenstain Bears Go to Sunday School' for iPad or iPhone please contact me with a return email address and I will give you a code that you can use to redeem a download of the book.