A handful of loving stories includes the original network TV special "Comic Valentine," in which Brother Bear is disgusted to discover he has a secret admirer and Papa Bear tries to find a way to show Mama Bear how much he loves her.
The Berenstain Bears DVDs translate surprisingly well from the much-loved books upon which they're based, and this one includes a couple of the most popular titles, "Messy Room" and "Trouble With Friends." Children will love seeing the far-from-perfect Bear Family come to life onscreen, and they'll pick up important life lessons just by watching Brother and Sister Bear learn them. They'll especially appreciate Brother and Sister Bear getting into trouble, because it just may save them from getting into the same situation themselves!
Even though babies won't grasp all the relationship dynamics, they'll definitely feel the strong connections and understand that family members are always there for each other. Temperamental 2-year-olds will find much to learn in "Trouble With Friends," in which Sister gets annoyed at her new friend, Lizzy Bruin, who is "a little bossy and braggy," but ultimately realizes that it's important to compromise and take turns because you can't swing or seesaw alone.
Preschoolers will relate to "Messy Room," and will laugh when Mama sarcastically praises the "pretty nice collection of spiders you've got here," only to be answered by her offspring, "Yes, they come in useful to eat the ants that come in for food crumbs!" They'll also giggle--maybe a little more guiltily--when Mama screams that she's going to "put my foot down!" and does so in airplane glue!
Many children in this age group probably feel they've outgrown the Bears, although they'd do well to heed their advice. Boys will relate to Brother's adamant, "Yuck!" about Valentine's Day, and his "down with mush!" song, and will agree that "a secret admirer is something I need like a hole in the head!"
All kids should learn that love is often as natural as sharing similar interests, and can be demonstrated by gestures as simple as calling home when you're running late.