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Join Us as We Celebrate Jan Berenstain’s Birthday

Join Us as We Celebrate Jan Berenstain’s Birthday

A lovely time to recall this famed children’s author on her birthday.

Jan Berenstain (1923-2012) was a famous children’s book author and illustrator best known for her work on the series The Berenstain Bears.  Along with her husband Stan, Jan infused humor and real-life situations into her books, making them instantly relatable to children and parents alike.  Through The Berenstain Bears, Jan was able to touch and change the lives of generations of young readers.  To commemorate this literary legend’s birthday, let’s enjoy some of the most iconic quotes from The Berenstain Bears.

“On the way, Sister and Brother noticed a group of bears playing Christmas carols.  They were collecting money for the needy in a big black pot.  Brother and Sister looked at each other, dug into their pockets, and dropped all of their money into the pot.  Mama and Papa smiled with pride.”—The Berenstain Bears and the Joy of Giving

“There is nothing we can’t try.  We can do all these things you see, whether we are he OR she.”—He Bear, She Bear

“But before Too-Tall and his gang could start their mischief, the front door opened and a bright yellow light stabbed the darkness.  And there in the doorway stood the frightening figure of old Miz McGrizz!”

‘Aha!’ she said in a gravelly voice. ‘I’m ready for you!’
She then led the terrified cubs into a cozy living room.  To their great surprise, there was a big tray of beautiful candy apples all prepared for Halloween visitors.
‘Mama was right,’ whispered Sister to Brother. ‘Miz McGrizz really is a sweet, kind old person!’”—The Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat. 

“But right now Bear Country was aglow in the setting sun.  Farmer Ben’s well-kept farm looked especially fine, with its baled hay, corn stocks, and pumpkins casting long shadows.
‘I guess nature’s pretty amazing,’ Sister said as she looked out over the beautiful scene.
‘It’s the most amazing thing there is,’ said Mama.”—The Berenstain Bears and the Prize Pumpkin
“Papa and the cubs were crushed…crushed and very quiet as they pushed their third-prize winner home.
It wasn’t until they reached the crest of a hill that overlooked Bear Country that Mama decided to have her say.

‘I know you’re disappointed. But third prize is nothing to be ashamed of. Besides, Thanksgiving isn’t about contests and prizes. It’s about giving thanks. And it seems to me that we have a lot of be thankful for.’”—The Berenstain Bears and the Prize Pumpkin

“As the laughter faded and the Bears thought about the blessings of family, home, friends, and neighbors, they knew deep down in their hearts that there was no question about it—indeed they did have a great deal to be thankful for.”—The Berenstain Bears and the Prize Pumpkin

We at The Maria Sanchez Show hope you will join us as we remember Jan Berenstain on her birthday.  Don’t forget to check out our latest program, Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown.  Tune in on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PDT/7:00 p.m. EDT.

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