The Berenstain Bears Forget Their Manners

The Berenstain Bears Forget Their Manners

Stan Berenstain, Jan Berenstain

Language: English

Pages: 32

ISBN: 0394873335

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


"When Mama Bear's efforts to improve her family's manners are unsuccessful, she devises a Politeness Plan--a chart listing a chore as a penalty for each act of rudeness. Basic etiquette is presented in a practical way. Berenstain illustrations add humor and understanding."--School Library Journal.

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me.” Then a reach across the table instead of a “please pass the broccoli.” Mama Bear wasn’t quite sure how or why it happened. But she was sure of one thing—whatever the reason, the Bear family had become … a pushing, shoving, name calling, ill mannered mess! At the table it was even worse. They were a grabbing, mouth stuffing, food fighting, kicking-under-the-table super mess! Of course, Mama Bear tried to correct Brother and Sister Bear’s

me.” Then a reach across the table instead of a “please pass the broccoli.” Mama Bear wasn’t quite sure how or why it happened. But she was sure of one thing—whatever the reason, the Bear family had become … a pushing, shoving, name calling, ill mannered mess! At the table it was even worse. They were a grabbing, mouth stuffing, food fighting, kicking-under-the-table super mess! Of course, Mama Bear tried to correct Brother and Sister Bear’s

behavior. She tried coaxing. She tried complaining. She tried shouting! She tried going to Papa for help (though it sometimes seemed to Mama that he was part of the problem). Papa banged on the table and shouted as only he could shout. But nothing really seemed to do any good. Mama didn’t like what was happening to her family. Not one bit. Something had to be done. But what? The best way to fight bad habits, she thought, was with good habits. Then she thought of a plan.

She got a big piece of cardboard and a marker. At the top she wrote: THE BEAR FAMILY POLITENESS PLAN When the plan was finished, she called a family meeting and showed it to Papa and the cubs. It certainly got the Bear family’s attention! Mama’s plan had a list of all the rude things she wanted to stop. Beside each one was a penalty—a job or chore that went with it. If you forgot a “please” or a “thank you,” you had to sweep the front steps. If you pushed or shoved, you

off!” “Yes,” said Sister. “We’ll be so polite, she won’t be able to stand it!” They put their plan into action. They were super polite … —on the stairs: “After you, Sister dear!” “Thank you, dear Brother!” —in the hall: “Excuse me, Brother dear!” “Why, certainly, my dear Sister!” —waiting for the bathroom: “Terribly sorry to have kept you waiting!” “Think nothing of it, my dear!” But it didn’t work the way they expected. Mama didn’t get fed up at all. And after a while

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