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The Berenstain Bears – Please and Thank You Book

bbthankyouIn keeping with the spirit of The Berenstain Bears, the latest book “Please & Thank You Book” is a simple and easily processed book for the  kids.  My daughter Anna was pumped to get see the book come in the mail and immediately read it to me.

It was a quick read and the message simple – don’t forget your manners. She read it a couple times that night.  Then like I did as a kid – she set it down and forgot about it. A week after she read it, I asked if she wanted to read it again and she said “Yeah. I loved that book!”

“Do you remember what it was about?” I asked.  “Yeah.  it was  about making sure you are polite and say please and thank you.”

Not much I know, but I have been processing this lately as I meet many youth in my job at a youth camp.  Kids are seriously lacking in basic manners; but not only kids – adults too.  I am finding more and more that people simply don’t bother with the simple niceties.  People just assume you know they are grateful. Why should they say thank you?  Why bother saying please – it is inferred.

I don’t believe it is. I had the privilege of working for the 99 Restaurant when it opened up it’s Auburn MA store.  One of the biggest things I took from my friend Peter – the GM – always say please when you call someone. It is simple respect.

So working on the line I had many opportunities to call servers and bar tenders when their orders were up and it amazed me how that simple word, simple action, served to  instill a spirit of respect. Mind you I was raised using please and thank you and respecting my elders and all that ‘stuff’.

What I noticed was that I treated people with more respect than usual, others did the same, and in turn we were treated in kind- respectfully.  Sounds trite I know – but it just worked.  I still to this day ind my self calling people by the same last name – Please.

I ramble.  In a world where it seems that kids have less and less example of chivalry and etiquette, simple things like letting your child read this or better yet – reading this book to your child, can go a long way to instilling a little more ‘common courtesy’ into our community.

Better yet – be an example – read the book yourself and start using the words with your kids.  Do as I do, and as I say – will go a long way.


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From the powers that be:

The cherished Bear family is coming to a new generation of toddler and preschool readers.
Stan and Jan Berenstain introduced the first Berenstain Bear books in 1962 and the Bear family celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2012! Here the charming and lovable Bear family is once again introducing children to the typical issues and questions that they face every day.
In The Berenstain Bears’ Please & Thank You Book, little readers are introduced to the importance of manners, through gentle reminders given to Brother, Sister, and Honey as they await their milk and cookies. The short story and well-loved characters provide toddlers a perfect introduction to valuable life lessons and routines.
About the author:
Mike Berenstain grew up watching his parents work together to write about and draw these lovable bears. Eventually he started drawing and writing about them too. Though Stan died in 2005 and Jan in 2012, Mike carries on his parents’ love of creating Berenstain Bear stories from an area in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, which looks a lot like Bear Country.

Hey God – a Book Review

This past week I was sent he book “Hey God, I’ve got some guy named Jonah in my stomach and I think I’m going to throw up!” in the mail to read over with my daughter.   She loved it.  And I did too.

Funny long name but it made me want to read it for sure.  My daughter is 6 going on 7 and she and she was able to read most of it to me.  I guess if she had the energy she would have read it all but she got kind of tired about 2/3 of the way through.

She wanted me to keep reading however and we have read it multiple times since.  The book, as you can probably tell by the title, is about the story of Jonah, from the whale’s point of view.

The whale of course is asked by God to go swallow a human and he promptly refuses and swims the other way – just like Jonah.   Anyway I won’t give the whole book away. Continue reading

Prayers for Every Day – A book review

Prayers For Every Day

Just a couple days ago I received this book to review – Prayers for Every Day from Roma Downey.  It is meant for little one for sure and my 6 year old loved it.  I handed it to Anna to look at, she took it and disappeared.

The book is a nice board book made for young kids and perfect for 1st grade readers.  Anna was able to read most of the words herself and she was excited to do so.  The book contains prayers categorized for the whole day.  The prayers cover morning, evening, praise, thanks, mealtimes, help, others, guidance, forgiveness, comfort, and bedtime. Continue reading

Lies The Government Told You by Judge Andrew P Napolitano

So I was sent another book from BookSneeze for my review.  This book is called Lies the Government Told You – Myth, Power and Deception in American History.  It is written by Judge Andrew P. Napolitano.

This is not a book I would have picked off the shelf to read so I had them send it so I was forced to read it.  I made the commitment to read it and review it.  Well I was not overwhelmed by it.  I am sad to say it is certainly not my style of book to read. 

The book goes over what the judge believes are 16 lies we have been told throughout our history as a country.  Those go back to our founding leaders with lie number 1: All Men Are Created Equal and run the gamut all the way to today with topics like It’s Only a Temporary Program and We Don’t Torture.

To be frank – I couldn’t read it all the way through.  I had to start skimming.  This book is simply a debasement of our government.  You know something – this could all be true.  Everything I read was backed up with quotes and facts and could very well be the truth – but in to put it bluntly – we have the government we have because we chose it.

I think this book is just a rant on the wrongdoing’s of our government.  We have enough of those – let’s come out with some better books on how we can work to fix it.  How we can influence our government to do what we want and not allow a handful of people rule at their whim.

I once heard Zig Ziglar say this, “I read the daily newspaper every day and the bible every day.  This is so I know what both sides are up to.”  This book is just another example of what one side is up to. 

Now that I said that – you should know this – if the quotes and facts were researched to be true – then this book can help you get inside the thoughts of many people in our government today and see how and why they do what they do.  And hey – you can’t affectively fight a battle without knowing your opponent right? 

So you could get some insight if this book were your cup of tea.  It just wasn’t mine.

God Bless and Give with Passion


Luke 2:6-7“While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.”

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