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The Berenstain Bears Get the Job Done — “I Can Read!” Series


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Book Review

The Berenstain Bears Get the Job Done by Jan and Mike Berenstain has been reviewed by Focus on the Family’s marriage and parenting magazine. It is a level one book in the “I Can Read!” series.

Plot Summary

The Berenstain Bears — Mama, Papa, Brother, Sister and Honey — are ready to clean and fix things. Each family member has a specific task. Mama needs to clean the rug. Papa needs to fix the broken railing to the home. The cubs must clean their playhouse. Since there are spider webs on the inside of the playhouse, the cubs clean the outside of the playhouse first.

Brother finds baseball equipment leaning against the playhouse. The cubs start playing baseball instead of cleaning. Papa catches them. He realizes that they’ve stopped cleaning because they don’t like spider webs. He sweeps away all the spider webs. The cubs go inside the playhouse and finish cleaning it. By the end, everyone is satisfied with his or her day of cleaning.

Christian Beliefs

Mama says that the Bible tells them to enjoy their work.

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Authority Roles

Papa checks on the cubs and finds them playing baseball. He listens to what has kept them from finishing their cleaning task. Papa goes inside the playhouse and gets rid of the spiders for them. Mama checks on the cubs. She is proud of their hard work.

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