Tarry for the Nonce

November 30, 2005

Happy Memories

Filed under: Rambles — lmwalker @ 5:36 pm

Do you have any idea how long it took me to find a non-social-commentaried obituary for Stan Berenstain? Sheesh.

Stan Berenstain, who with his wife created the popular children’s books about the Berenstain Bears, has died . . .

In more than 200 books, the Berenstain Bears, written and illustrated by Stan and Jan Berenstain, helped children for 40 years cope with trips to the dentist, babysitters, eating junk food and cleaning their messy rooms . . .

The first Berenstain Bears book, “The Big Honey Hunt,” was published in 1962. The couple developed the series with children’s author Theodor Geisel better known as Dr. Seuss, then head of children’s publishing at Random House with the goal of teaching children to read while entertaining them . . .

Stan and Jan Berenstain began drawing together when they met at Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Art in 1941.

The two married soon after he got out of World War II-era Army service and began submitting cartoons to magazines. They became contributors to The Saturday Evening Post, McCalls and Collier’s.

In their early years of collaboration, the couple wrote the “All in the Family” cartoon series for McCall’s and Good Housekeeping. In 1962, they began an association with Geisel, who suggested that they write for the juvenile market.

I guess Dr. Suess is also the one who suggested naming the characters “The Berenstain Bears.”

I love the Berenstain Bear books. My top five:

(1) Berenstain Bears and the Messy Room
(2) Berenstain Bears Forget Their Manners
(3) Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food
(4) Old Hat, New Hat
(5) Berenstain Bears and the Spooky Old Tree

I can still hear my mom’s voice reading them to me.

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5 Comments

  1. Hey Laura, I’m not sure if you remember me from UIUC, but I noticed your b-day is coming-up and just wanted to say hi. Drop a line if you get a chance at robdolin (at) wuxx (dot) com. ‘All the best–
    –Rob

    Comment by Rob Dolin — December 1, 2005 @ 3:01 am

  2. I can still hear my mom’s voice reading them to me.

    “And one-a with… the… SHI-I-I-IVERS!”

    Ah, memories.

    l&c/m

    Comment by janice — December 1, 2005 @ 7:08 am

  3. I also remember these books fondly.

    Comment by Troy — December 1, 2005 @ 9:44 am

  4. Berenstain Bears and the Spooky Old Tree

    Yes, The Berenstain Bears are up there, along with Dr. Seuss.

    Of course, My memory of the Spooky Old Tree was that the version I had came with a tape which, in subsequent years, I used to explore how my recorded voice sounded, as one side was for your own recordings…(I recall I recorded swear words on the tape in later years).

    Ah memories…hehe

    Comment by Andrew P. — December 1, 2005 @ 3:48 pm

  5. Berenstain Bears! I love those books! I have all of them, last time I looked. spooky tree is my fav too.

    Comment by Alistair A. — December 4, 2005 @ 7:00 pm


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