The Berenstain Bears’ Trouble with Pets by Stan & Jan Berenstain

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The Berenstain Bears’ Trouble with Pets is a funny book about the realities of owning a dog.  The cubs ask Mama and Papa if they can get a pet, like other cubs have.  Farmer Ben just happens to have some pups he’s getting rid of, and offers one as a gift to the cubs.

Mama and Papa talk about all the work that is involved with owning a dog, but the cubs promise that they will do all of the work themselves.  Once they get the dog home, they make sure everything is set up for her and she seems to settle right in.  At first, the cubs argue over who gets to do things like feed and walk the dog, but soon it turns into arguments over whose turn it isn’t.  Not only that, but the dog starts to get destructive when she is left inside all day.  As a solution, Papa builds a doghouse and fenced area for her out in the yard.

The book doesn’t say that she is an outside dog all the time, but it is implied.  I’m not crazy about the end of the book because it seems to send the message that you should just send a misbehaving dog outside.  It could at least talk about the fact that a bored dog is a destructive dog.  Other than that, it’s a cute book that does a fair job of talking about the responsibilities in owning a dog.

Until next time…



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