In THE BERENSTAIN BEARS ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL (Zonderkidz; $4.99; February 2012), Brother and Sister Bear are delighted when their Sunday school teacher Missus Ursula takes the class on a special nature walk around Bear Country. While the cubs are skeptical about the connection between a hike and church, they quickly learn that God is the creator of all things in the environment - from the succulent strawberries of Farmer Ben's farm to the lovable ducks paddling away in a nearby stream. All Things Bright and Beautiful captures the essence of spring, inspiring children with its pastel illustrations of beautiful scenery and a heartfelt message told with the help of the lyrics to a traditional church hymn.
In the THE BERENSTAIN BEARS AND THE EASTER STORY (Zonderkidz; $4.99; February 2012), Brother, Sister and Honey Bear learn that there is more to Easter than chocolate bunnies, marshmallow chicks and jelly beans when their Sunday school teacher has them sit in on a play entitled The Easter Story. This new book evokes the true meaning behind Easter as the Bear cubs learn about Jesus' resurrection. Young readers learn that while it is okay to indulge in Easter goodies, they must not forget that salvation is much sweeter than candy.
Print out this coloring page from Zonderkidz.com of Papa Bear running from the honey bees!