The Berenstain Bears and the Messy Room

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Author: Kevin Henkes

Grades: Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st

Synopsis: Mama and Papa are frustrated that Brother and Sister can’t seem to pick up after themselves. One day, Mama Bear loses her temper and starts throwing away all of Brother and Sister’s toys. Brother and Sister shout in protest, so Papa Bear must step in to work a compromise that makes everyone happy in the end.

Debrief Questions:

  • Why was Mama Bear upset? Why were Brother and Sister upset?
  • Do you think Mama Bear’s solution was the best way to fix the messy room?
  • What is a “compromise”? How did everyone feel about Papa Bear’s solution to the messy room?