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Posts Tagged ‘Jan Berenstain’

How Dr. Seuss Helped the Berenstain Bears

In the early 1960s, the great agent Sterling Lord began to work with Stan Berenstain and Jan Berenstain, helping the couple sell a new children’s book to Beginner Books.

The Random House imprint was founded by Theodor Geisel (who wrote under the legendary pen name, Dr. Seuss). In his new Lord of Publishing memoir, the literary agent recalled how Dr. Seuss dissected the entire first draft in front of the aspiring writers.

We’ve collected Dr. Seuss’ advice below–this draft eventually became the classic kid’s book, The Big Honey Hunt.

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Jan Berenstain Featured in New Book Trailer

The literary world mourned the passing of Jan Berenstain this year, but a new book trailer (video embedded above) features the co-creator of the Berenstain Bears talking about a new book.

After listening to some advice from their then-editor Theodor Seuss Geisel (a.k.a. Dr. Seuss), the husband-and-wife writing duo Stan and Jan Berenstain wrote a picture book about penguins. The manuscript for Nothing Ever Happens in the South Pole was “put on the back burner” for decades, but HarperCollins released it this year to celebrate The Berenstain Bears‘ 50th anniversary.

The video features Jan and her son Mike Berenstain (who helped to illustrate the project) discussing the book.

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Berenstain Bear Family Responds to Chick-fil-A Controversy

The Jim Henson Company recently ended its relationship with Chick-fil-A after the fast food chain’s CEO Dan Cathy told The Biblical Recorder that he does not support the legalization of gay marriage.

Since then, the chain has filled kid’s meal bags with picture books from The Berenstain Bear series. As controversy spread about Cathy’s stance, the Berenstain family posted an official statement.

UPDATE: 80,000 fans have signed a petition urging HarperCollins to end its relationship with the fast food chain.

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Jan Berenstain Remembered & Professor Snape Tweets: Top Stories of the Week

For your weekend reading pleasure, here are our top stories of the week, including tributes to the great Jan Berenstain, Professor Snape‘s massively popular Academy Award tweet and The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore Oscar win (the complete film is embedded above).

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2. Jan Berenstain Has Died
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4. The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore Wins Oscar for Best Animated Short
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8. Jackie Collins to Self-Publish
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Jan Berenstain Has Died

Jan Berenstain, one half of the couple that created The Berenstain Bears book series, passed away this weekend.

The series began in 1963 with The Big Honey Hunt. This GalleyCat editor grew up reading the series and now loves reading Bears in the Night with his daughter. What is your favorite Berenstain Bears book?

In a Scholastic interview, Berenstain shared the story of how she created the series with her husband Stan Berenstain. Both are pictured above…

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