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Beary sad news…

March 2, 2012

Sadly, much loved children’s author Jan Berenstain died on March 1st, at the age of 88.

Jan Berenstain, with her late husband Stan, wrote and illustrated the Berenstain Bears books that have charmed children and their parents for 50 years, both in print and on television.

Berenstain, of Pennsylvania, suffered a severe stroke on Thursday and died on Friday, her son Mike Berenstain said.

The gentle tales of Mama Bear, Papa Bear, Brother Bear and Sister Bear were inspired by the Berenstain children, and later their grandchildren. The stories address children’s common concerns and aim to offer guidance on subjects like dentist visits, peer pressure, a new sibling or summer camp.

The first Berenstain Bears book, The Big Honey Hunt, was published in 1962. Over the years, more than 300 titles have been released in 23 languages — most recently in Arabic and Icelandic — and have become a rite of passage for generations of young readers. Jan & Stans work will continue to be treasured for years to come:  get some Berenstain Bears books out now.

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