The Berenstain Bears’ Big Book of Science and Nature

I’m excited once again to review another great Timberdoodle product for you. This time it is a book that I got because I’ve been trying to find different ways to incorporate nature into our homeschooling. It is The Berenstain Bears’ Big Book of Science and Nature.

***I was given this book at a discount to provide my honest review. All opinions are mine and I am not required to write a positive review.**

Berenstain Bear charactersThe Berenstain Bears’ Big Book of Science and Nature is written as a story in read aloud form. I ordered the book without any input from our four and six year old boys because I was afraid that they would find it too babyish. They typically think that they’re too cool for characters like the Berenstain Bears. It really caught my eye because I used to love The Berenstain Bear books when I was a little girl. I still have one of them somewhere around here. I thought it would be neat to relive some of my childhood while reading stories to my boys.

When the book arrived, I presented it to my boys as a “cool science book”. That caught their attention pretty quickly. We sat down before bedtime and started reading from the first section of stories which was titled, “The Berenstain Bears’ Almanac”. That section is all about holidays, seasons and weather changes, and the sun and moon. I tried to contain my excitement when I realized that they were actually going to love this book. Score!!

In the picture below, you can tell by their expressions that they were really getting into what I was reading. 

Mom reading to boys

At this point of the book we were at the part where it was talking about nature and animals. We are really into nature studies right now, so this was such a pleasure to read. 
Overhead picture of mom reading to boys
Here are a few pictures of one of our favorite sections of the book. It’s about nature, of course! The last photo shows Papa Bear getting sprayed by a skunk. That is G3’s very favorite page of the entire book! Boys! Haha!

We have thoroughly enjoyed this book as a bedtime story each night. It’s so great to spend a few minutes with the boys laughing and learning before tucking them in for bed.

The only thing that caught me by surprise is that there isn’t a table of contents. But even with no simple way to refer to specific topics, you can certainly flip though the book and read it out of order.

I do want to point out one page that talks about reproduction. I think that they do it in a very light mannered way. I read it to my boys and just kept on going, but you may just want to prepare yourself if your child likes to ask a lot of questions.Berenstain Bears Talk about Reproduction

I asked my Facebook followers if they had any questions that they would like me to cover in my review of The Berenstain Bears’ Big Book of Science and Nature. There was just one question, but it was asked by a couple of different people. They wanted to know if the book references the age of the earth.

Although I try to teach our children from a Biblical standpoint, sometimes it can be hard to steer clear of educational material that is evolution based. The Berenstain Bears’ Big Book of Science and Nature does make reference to the earth being millions of years old. In the section about caves, it says, “And even though inside some caves it’s always drippy weather, it takes about a million years for them to grow together.”Berenstain Bears in a Cave

That is the only reference I’ve seen in the entire book that goes against my Christian beliefs. My boys are aware though, that not everyone believes the way that we do, so this didn’t catch anyone by surprise.

There are a couple of really simple science experiments in the back of the book, but that’s it. If you’re looking for hands on science projects, then this may not be the right book for you. But if you’re looking for fun and engaging stories that teach your children about all sorts of science and nature topics in a way that they will remember it for years to come, then this may be the perfect book for your family.

Just to help clear up any more questions, I’ve created this little chart for you to show you the main topics that are taught in The Berenstain Bears’ Big Book of Science and Nature.

Topics included in The Berenstain Bears' Big Book of Science and Nature

I give this book a five-star rating and I definitely recommend it to other homeschool families! I know that this book is one that my boys will want to continuously pull out to read or even to just look at the pictures. It’s very colorful and the stories are silly!

Here’s one more picture of G3 (the six year old) enjoying the book all by himself. This is one of the pages that contains a simple experiment. He loves to cut me off when I’m reading, so he can jump in and show off his reading skills. I love that he enjoys reading this book!

Boy reading book

***The Berenstain Bears’ Big Book of Science and Nature is a part of Timberdoodle’s Pre-K curriculum. I’m excited to announce that this is our curriculum choice for G4 for this school year. I can’t wait to share all of the fun and exciting learning activities with you that we will be doing!***
If you want a sneak peak into G4’s 2020 Pre-K curriculum, check it out HERE.

 

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8 Comments

  1. Anne Marie

    May 4, 2020 at 3:08 pm

    What a fun way to introduced simple science concepts! My children love Berenstain Bears and would get so much out of this colorful book.

  2. Beatriz

    May 4, 2020 at 5:12 pm

    These books are such a blessing to kids. Thank God for them and bringing subjects that are not too easy to handle.

    1. biblemomma

      May 4, 2020 at 10:46 pm

      Yes, science is one of those subjects that I have great intentions for but it typically ends up being too overwhelming for me. This book really is simple and great!

  3. Kathryn

    May 4, 2020 at 10:59 pm

    What a great review! We have had this book for years and really enjoy it. I love seeing G3 enjoy the book on his own.

    1. biblemomma

      May 4, 2020 at 11:10 pm

      Thank you! Yes, he is excited that he can read on his own and he truly enjoys this book. It has such a fun flow to it.

  4. Karla Cook

    May 5, 2020 at 11:03 am

    This has long been a favorite in our family. I love how it includes fun characters that the kids enjoy returning to again and again, which helps reinforce the science concepts.

  5. maryanne

    May 8, 2020 at 6:06 pm

    This looks like a great book for preschool through early elementary.

  6. Kristen

    May 10, 2020 at 8:56 pm

    I had an edition of this book when I was a kid. I totally remember flipping through it over and over. I read it so much that, if I remember correctly, it was falling apart and had to be taped back together.

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