‘Berenstain Bears’ books have been entertaining and educating preschoolers for over 50 years. Sadly, Jan Berenstain, who created the loveable bears along with her husband, Stan, has died after suffering a stroke. She never regained consciousness after having a massive stroke on Thursday, February 24 and passed away on Friday. Stan Berenstain passed away in 2005.
Until her husband’s death, the couple wrote over 300 books for children which often addressed common concerns of little ones. Mama, Papa, Sister, and Brother Bear consoled millions of kids who were afraid to go to the dentist, sibling rivalry, or even bullying, a common topic found in today’s news.
Her editor at HarperCollins, Dave Linker, described their themes of respect, kindness, and cooperation as universal ones that were portrayed in a way that did not feel as if one was being taught a lesson. However, with over 260 million books, the family of bears who live in a multi-story treehouse continue to fascinate and teach kids worldwide.
The Berenstains admitted that many of the stories came from the adventures of their real-life human children. In later years, their topics revolved around the happenings of their grandchildren allowing new titles to keep up with the times. Their first “Berenstain Bears” book, The Big Honey Hunt, was published in 1962
After her husband died, Mrs. Berenstain continued the series with her son, Mike. Mike will keep the “Berenstain Bears” enterprise alive in collaboration with his brother. There are nineteen new titles scheduled for release this year.
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