Jan Berenstain, part of the Stan and Jan Berenstain duo who built the kiddy lit Berenstain Bears empire, passed away last Friday. She was 88 years old. Her husband, Stan, passed away in 2005.
The Berenstain Bears characters have survived all manner of childhood problems, including "too much television," "mama's new job," "the bad influence," "report card trouble," and a host of others. The Berenstain Bears have been in print since 1962, making the cubs more than middle-aged!
Children have enjoyed the BB books despite their "hit them over the head with a sledge hammer" lessons in their picture books [JP BER]. The more light-hearted stories in easy readers [E BER] have helped children master the skills of reading. It never happens that the complete collection is on our shelves at any one time--a true testament to their continued popularity with kids.
The BB's also appear in a series of animated films found in J DVD BER.