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40 pages
Jul 2011

The Berenstain Bears: The Trouble with Secrets

by Jan & Mike Berenstain

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In the rhyming book, The Trouble with Secrets, Brother and Sister Bear are found sneaking through the woods with a secret look in their eye. Their friends, Lizzy and Fred, are following them, curious to know what the secret may be. Lizzy and Fred ask a number of animals along the way what the secret is, but all have promised not to tell or have a reason for not telling. At the end, Bear and Sister come to their secret clubhouse and are upset that Lizzy and Fred have found them, thinking someone must have told them their secret. Though mad at first, Brother and Sister then realize that it would be more fun to share their secret with their friends than to keep it to themselves.

It seems the Berestains are trying to teach quite a lot of biblical lessons in this story, but the main lesson is that secrets often make others feel left out. The cubs find that it is better to share fun things with others than to keep it to themselves. The Trouble with Secrets is an entertaining book for 3- or 4-year-olds and older. There are only a few short lines of rhyme on each page and first or second graders could easily read it for themselves. – Jennifer Joneleit,

Book Jacket:

In The Berenstain Bears’ Trouble with Secrets Brother and Sister seem to be on a secret mission and friends Cousin Fred and Lizzy are very curious about where they are going. After some funny challenges as they follow the Bear cubs, Fred, Lizzy, Brother, and Sister all learn that exclusion can be hurtful and the importance of loving one another and being accepting of others.