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'The Berenstain Bears: Lend A Helping Hand'
(DVD / NR / 2019 / PBS Kids)

Overview: When Brother and Sister are on their way to a friends house they stop to help the frail and elderly Widder Jones.

When she recruits them to help with other chores they aren't excited to spend their Saturday cleaning out her attic.

Luckily they come to enjoy her company and discover that helping others can be rewarding.

DVD Verdict: For those not in the know, 'The Berenstain Bears' began as a children's literature franchise created by Stan and Jan Berenstain and continued by their son, Mike Berenstain; who assumed partial authorship in 2002, and full authorship in 2012 following Jan's death.

The books feature a family of anthropomorphic grizzly bears who generally learn a moral or safety-related lesson in the course of each story.

Indeed, since the 1962 debut of the first Berenstain Bears book, The Big Honey Hunt, the series has grown to over 300 titles, which have sold approximately 260 million copies in 23 languages.

Of course, as we know, 'The Berenstain Bears' franchise has also expanded well beyond the books, encompassing two television series and a wide variety of other products and licenses.

While enjoying decades of popularity and receiving numerous awards, the series has been applauded for portraying many tales of bravery, caring for others, and learning responsibility well beyond The Bears' young years.

Furthermore, 'The Berenstain Bears' is sensibly written to appeal to younger children (preschool and kindergarten age) and teach them values at the same time.

In this age of redundant stupidity in entertainment, parents need a show like this one to help illustrate how fair life should be, and give a firm footing to children, not overwhelm them with glitz, glam and gloss.

By keeping plots simple and allowing children to follow along at their level, this show simply teaches children how to be fair, consider other's feelings and have good sportsmanship.

These are core values which are not being taught to children at daycare dumps or underfunded public schools, in my humble opinion.

Here in 'The Berenstain Bears: Lend A Helping Hand,' when Mama concludes that there's too much "Me, me, me!" in Brother and Sister's behavior, she encourages them to help elderly Widow McGrizz deal with her full and messy attic.

While the cubs are resistant at first, they soon find that there are rewards in giving a helping hand to those less fortunate.

As always, this is yet another Berenstain Bear' story that provides a life lesson at the end. This one teaches about helping others less fortunate, which is always a lovely message to give our young ones around the winter holiday season.

Plus, enjoy five other fun adventures in Bear Country: Think of Those in Need, Hug and Make Up, Moving Day, Big Bear, Small Bear and The Birthday Boy.

These are all Full Screen Presentations (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.

www.PBSkids.org





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