Stan Berenstain, who with his wife wrote more than 200 children's books about a family of bears, has died.
My Entling no. 2 owned every single title of the Berenstain Bears at one time. She really loved these books.
The first Berenstain Bears book, The Great Honey Hunt, was published in 1962. The couple developed the series with children's author Theodor Geisel — better known as Dr. Seuss, then head of children's publishing at Random House — with the goal of teaching children to read while entertaining them.
Despite changes in society in the last four decades, little has changed in Bears Country.
"Kids still tell fibs and they mess up their rooms and they still throw tantrums in the supermarket," Stan Berenstain told The Associated Press in 2002. "Nobody gets shot. No violence. There are problems, but they're the kind of typical family problems everyone goes through."
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