THE BOOKS: Both of the boys loved Dr. Seuss this is what made Jan and Stan start with their own children's books. Their first book was released 1962 and it was The Big Honey Hunt and Dr. Seuss was the editor and publisher. The Berenstain Bear family then was just Papa, Mama, and Small Bear. In 1974 it changed to Papa, Mama, Brother and Sister bear, then again it changed in 2000 when littlest sister Honey was born. The names Mama, Papa, Brother, and Sister were picked to make it easy for young readers. Mike started working with these books in 1992 illustrating and co-writing with his parents.
Here is an interview:
New Baby is one of my favorite Berenstain Bear books. In this book Small Bear has outgrown his bed because he is getting bigger so him and Papa bear go out and make him and new one. The whole time Small Bear is asking what is going to happen with his bed and finally Papa tells him the Mama is going to have a baby who will need the bed. In the end Small Bear becomes Brother and Sister is added into the family.
In this book Brother and Sister are going trick or treating with out Mama or Papa. They are talking about how they are afraid to go to the old creepy house because the woman there is mean. However when they go she gives them the best candy of the night. At the end of the book the two bears have learned not to judge a book by its cover.
Papa is in charge of setting up a haunted house for all of Bear Country at the school. He keeps talking about how it needs to be very scary and and the scarier it is the better. Mama keeps telling him not to go to crazy because just because he likes it does not mean everyone else will. Finally after taking it too far with his kids he decides to take it back and agrees with what Mama had been saying the whole time.