The Big Honey Hunt

The Big Honey Hunt

This classic Beginner Book written by Stan and Jan Berenstain—and edited by Dr. Seuss—is the debut of the beloved Berenstain Bears! The Bear family has run out of honey, and Father Bear and Small Bear are sent to get more. But rather than just get some at the store as Mother Bear suggested, Father Bear decides to follow a bee and get fresh honey from the source. Early read...

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Title:The Big Honey Hunt
Author:Stan Berenstain
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The Big Honey Hunt Reviews

  • Morris

    "I liked when they got honey from the honey store."

  • Anna

    This was one of the few children's books to be found at my grandparents' house, so it was well-read and loved. The nostalgia factor is high.

  • Kymberly

    Cute book! Fun to read & good story for kids and creating fun memories of doing stuff with dad. It's not really about the outcome we spend but the time and bonding we have together.

  • Becky

    First sentence: We ate our honey. We ate a lot. Now we have no honey in our honey pot.

    Premise/plot: When the Berenstain Bear family runs out of honey, what should they do? Well, if they listen to Mama Bear, they'd go to the store and buy some. But is Papa Bear likely to listen to his wife? He thinks the BEST honey to bring home is the kind that they hunt for themselves. So he takes his son along on a bee hunt. But can they find the right kind of tree?

    My thoughts: This ear

    First sentence: We ate our honey. We ate a lot. Now we have no honey in our honey pot.

    Premise/plot: When the Berenstain Bear family runs out of honey, what should they do? Well, if they listen to Mama Bear, they'd go to the store and buy some. But is Papa Bear likely to listen to his wife? He thinks the BEST honey to bring home is the kind that they hunt for themselves. So he takes his son along on a bee hunt. But can they find the right kind of tree?

    My thoughts: This early reader is BELOVED. It wasn't that I loved, loved, loved the series in general. This was the first book in what would become a series. But it wasn't written--if Wikipedia is to be believed--with a series in mind, let alone a super-super-super long series. But there is just something DELIGHTFUL and FUN about the story. I think the rhythm and rhyme of this one helps make it memorable, quote worthy, a true classic.

    I also LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this one because just like the bears in this story, I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED honey and often found we were running low on honey in our own honey pot.

    Favorite quotes:

    Is that a bee?

    He went, "Buzz! Buzz!"

    He looks like a bee.

    Why, yes!

    He does.

    Are you getting honey?

    Are you getting a lot?

    Will we take home honey

    In our honey pot?

    Well, it it looks just so.

    And it feels just so.

    Looks so. Feels so.

    So it's SO!

    When a bear is smart,

    When a bear is clever,

    He never gives up.

    And I won't, ever!

    The best sort of honey

    Never comes from bees.

    It comes from a store.

    I would like some,

    Please.

  • Rachel

    I hate to say it, but the Berenstain Bears were more fun before Small Bear became Brother Bear and they got all moralistic and stuff. This book is a hoot. I read it to my pre-reading son last night, and after one time through, he was able to "read" it to himself in the car today, not getting all the words right, but making up his own to fit around the sing-songy rhythm and rhyme scheme and the bits he remembered. Excellent.

  • Helen

    Fun story keeps new readers interested in turning pages.

  • Melissa

    I've read a huge number of the Berenstain books...like well over 20 of them. But I had never read the very first one. The one that started it all. So after some searching I was able to find a copy and happily dug right in.

    The bears are all out of honey. Mother Bear sends out Small Bear and Father Bear to buy more honey but Father Bear decides to hunt for the honey.

    The first thing that stands out is the different artwork. The bears look slightly different from what I and m

    I've read a huge number of the Berenstain books...like well over 20 of them. But I had never read the very first one. The one that started it all. So after some searching I was able to find a copy and happily dug right in.

    The bears are all out of honey. Mother Bear sends out Small Bear and Father Bear to buy more honey but Father Bear decides to hunt for the honey.

    The first thing that stands out is the different artwork. The bears look slightly different from what I and millions of other children grew up reading and are familiar with. It is rougher but has some of the elements that are recognizable in what they ultimately would become. Also the names are different as most of us know the bears as Mama Bear, Papa Bear, Brother Bear and Sister Bear. There was no Sister Bear and Brother Bear was called Small Bear.

    The rhyming and the story were great and there were moments that had me chuckling. There wasn't a major moral lesson like I'm used to. It was just a cute story.

    I enjoyed it a lot and would read it again for sure.

    4 out of 5 stars

  • Robu-sensei

    is such an early Berenstain Bears work that the B. Bear family has only

    obnoxious kid. In this early reader, we see just how limited the possibilities for moralizing are without two endlessly squabbling, misbehaving children: we are reduced to learning lessons about the perils of amateur apiculture in the age of Africanized honeybees.*

    Though the Berenstains do a fine job presenting the themes of Papa Bear's eternal foolishness and sticking (heh-heh) to what you know,

    is such an early Berenstain Bears work that the B. Bear family has only

    obnoxious kid. In this early reader, we see just how limited the possibilities for moralizing are without two endlessly squabbling, misbehaving children: we are reduced to learning lessons about the perils of amateur apiculture in the age of Africanized honeybees.*

    Though the Berenstains do a fine job presenting the themes of Papa Bear's eternal foolishness and sticking (heh-heh) to what you know, I'm bothered by two major plot holes. First, Papa Bear apparently forgets that bears are well protected against bee stings: they commonly raid wild beehives, despite the tenants' strenuous objections. Second, if collecting honey is so dangerous, where does the guy at the honey store get it? Perhaps he's importing that

    ! That would explain why it's dispensed through a tap from a hogshead.

    ________________

    *Regular European honeybees (

    ) don't chase honey raiders a mile over hill and dale merely for opening the hive.

  • Leland T-Money Fortier

    I hate how Papa Bear is constantly portayed as a bumbling idiot. My dad is at least the 3rd smartest person in my family and would have been smart enough to put on a bee keepers suit.

  • Katin

    Husband bought a bunch of children's books for some cell phone game, and I will be damned if I don't read them to up my book count before donating them.

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