The Berenstain Bears Blessed are the Peacemakers is a cleverly written story that teaches children about getting a long. This book is a good one to have on your shelf as your child is learning what the Bible says about our character and how we should treat each other. If a child is in school but not limited to just, they’ll start picking up on certain group of kids that tend to isolate themselves from another and witness behaviors such as not getting along and even bullying due to differences!
The Bible verse the book begins with is Matthew 5:9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be callled the Children of God”. Brother and Sister Bear notice two groups of friends at school that just don’t get along even though they get along well with both. Things really get into a mess when a school play is put on and these groups have to learn to work together. Brother and Sister bear are good examples that sometimes we should step in and try to make peace between others when it arises.
There are 24 pages in this book in this 8×8 sized book. I like the book isn’t overly large and can easily be brought along with us in the car or stored easily on our bookshelf. The illustrations are done in the classic style I’m used to when it comes to Berenstain Bears books. The story is written well for the 4-8 year old age level it’s aimed at. My kids ages 6 and 3 1/2 sat through this whole story and seemed well received. I’m sure we’ll be reading it again and again.
Children will learn that having peace doesn’t always mean you’ll be the best of friends and that it can take work. This book opens the door to a world of discussion with your kids. As a parent, I really like that at the end of the story there’s a Activities & Questions from Brother and Sister Bear page. On this page, there’s three questions in which some apply to the story and to a child about peacemakers they noticed in their own life. Following the questions, there’s a Get out and do it section which gives a family the opportunity to work together and keep each other accountable in being peacemakers whether it’s at home, school, or wherever else.
I would most definitely recommend this book for any home, school, or church setting. This lesson can be applied to one of any age. My daughter was able to read most of the words in this book all on her own though I would suggest this book would be best read along with an adult so the the life lesson is understood and discussed in manner of what they should do if they note disagreement going on between others or between themselves and a classmate.
Interested in Purchasing? The Berenstain Bears Blessed are the Peacemakers (Berenstain Bears/Living Lights) can be purchased on Amazon.com for $3.59 as of this posting.
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