Synopses & Reviews
Stan and Jan Berenstain were both born in 1923 in Philadelphia. They didn't know each other as children, but met later at school, at the Philadelphia College of Art. They liked each other right away, and found out that the both enjoyed the same kinds of books, plays, music and art. During World War II, Stan was a medical assistant in the Army, and Jan worked in an airplane factory. When the war was over, they got married and began to work together as artists and writers, primarily drawing cartoons for popular magazines. After having their two sons Leo and Michael, the Berenstains decided to write some funny children's books that their children and other children could read and enjoy. Their first published children's book was called The Big Honey Hunt
. It was about a family of bears, who later became known as the "Berenstain Bears."
Stan and Jan planned all of their books together. They both wrote the stories and created the pictures. They continued to live outside of Philadelphia in the country. There are now over 300 Berenstain Bears books.
"Sure to be both popular and useful, this is Lester and Munsinger's best collaboration to date." School Library Journal
, Starred review
"During a beach picnic with the Pig Scouts, Pinkerton's boundless greed sends him ahead of the others to a voice that asks if anyone would care for a sandwich. There he discovers, instead, a witch,and he is obliged to wait on her, do her chores, and re-examine the glories of being first. The droll ink and watercolor illustrations impart the full effect of the witch's messy lifestyle." Horn Book
"When Mama Bear's efforts to improve her family's manners are unsuccessful, she devises a Politeness Plan--a chart listing a chore as a penalty for each act of rudeness. Basic etiquette is presented in a practical way. Berenstain illustrations add humor and understanding."--School Library Journal.
Includes 4 copies of each Berenstain Bears Forget Their Manners (8x8/978-0-394-87333-6), Berenstain Bears Learn About Strangers (8x8/978-0-394-87334-3), Berenstain Bears Too Much Junk Food (8x8/978-0-394-87217-9), Berenstain Bears Too Much T.V (8x8/978-0-394-86570-6), Berenstain Bears Get the Gimmies (8x8/978-0-394-80566-5), Berenstain Bears Go To Camp (8x8/978-0-394-85131-0), Berenstain Bears Truth (8x8/978-0-394-85640-7), Berenstain Bears Messy Room (8x8/978-0-394-85639-1), and Berenstain Bears Go To School (8x8/978-0-394-83736-9)
In Me First, Pinkerton the pig learns that being first isn't always best--now part of a newseries featuringand#160;Helen Lester and Lynn Munsinger's quirky, fallible and lovable characters as they learnand#160;valuable life lessons
and#8220;This funny, fetching tale will bring chucklesand#8212;and a lessonand#8212;to any child with a tendency to echo Pinkertonand#8217;s cries of and#8216;Me first.and#8217;and#8221; and#8211;Publishers Weekly
Pinkerton Pig will do anything to be firstand#8212;first down the slide, first in line at the trough-a-teria, first on the bus. His pushy ploys backfire on a Pig Scouts hike when he hears the magic words and#8220;Would you care for a sandwich?and#8221; Little does he know, heand#8217;s being tricked by a sandcastle-dwelling Sandwitch in need of care! How long will Pinkerton be doomed to powder her warty nose? This cheery look at the dangers of piggishness is now part of a fun, 8and#8221; x 8and#8221;and#160;hardcover series about life lessons.
Includes downloadable audio!
About the Author
LYNN MUNSINGER has illustrated more than ninety books for children. She graduated from Tufts University in Boston and the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, where she majored in illustration. She lives in Connecticut and Vermont.
Helen Lester and Lynn Munsinger have been together through thick and thin since first publishing The Wizard, the Fairy, and the Magic Chicken in 1983. They have collaborated on the hilarious Tacky the Penguin series and many other wildly funny and popular titles, including the award-winning Hooway for Wodney Wat. Helen Lester is a full-time writer who makes her home in New York, and Lynn Munsinger is a full-time illustrator living in Vermont.