The Lima Bear Stories Educate and Entertain
Lima Bear Press, publisher of The Lima Bear Stories, aims to encourage kids to develop a lifelong love of reading while teaching them important lessons about honesty, tolerance, and courage.
The Lima Bear Stories are written by father and son team Thomas and Peter Weck. They are illustrated by Len DiSalvo.
There are currently four books in the series:
- The Megasaurus
- How Back-Back Got His Name
- The Cave Monster
- The Labyrinth
The fifth book, Bully Bean, will be released later this summer. All of the books are recommended for children ages 4-8.
Each book in the series has a different message. For example, The Cave Monster‘s message is, “Friends, individually afraid, find courage when acting together.” I really like that the books teach kids about important moral lessons without sounding overly preachy.
When L. Joe Bean is captured by the scary cave monster, kids can relate to the struggle of Whistle-Toe, Lima Bear, and Maskamal to overcome the fear they feel when trying to rescue their friend. Being scared makes Maskamal a better shot with his bow and arrow, which teaches kids that fear can sometimes have positive affects.
All of the books have a section in the back for parents to use when looking for ways to enhance a child’s understanding of the story. There are questions to test a child’s reading comprehension, as well as critical thinking questions that ask a child to apply lessons from the story to his life.
There are also suggestions for activities you can do to build on the themes of the book. For example, The Megasaurus is about how L. Joe Bean saves the residents of Beandom by coming up with a plan to build a monster mask that is used to scare away the megasaurus. One of the activity suggestions is to make your own monster mask.
Disclaimer: Copies of the Lima Bear books were provided by the publisher for the purpose of preparing this review.
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