I'm on an '80s kick right now, so to keep it rolling this post is about "The Berenstain Bears and the Truth" (1983)--with an assist from my cat! (This story involves soccer, but should I substitute other phrases for all of these puns? ⚽️😜) Growing up, my middle sister absolutely loved these books for the moral clarity of each message (she really likes rules)! '80s kids seem to have nostalgia for The Berenstain Bears and after rereading a few I'd say they really do hold up. Like an episode of Saved by the Bell or Full House, by the end of each story the characters have learned an important lesson without anything getting too out of control.
The plot of 'The Truth' is conveyed very well on the front cover. Although Mama and Papa Bear are never fooled by the cubs' story, Brother and Sister Bear ultimately 'fess up on their own. Talking with their parents, they learn that the coverup is worse than the crime and that, after a mistake, it's always best to be honest up front.
I could see The Berenstain Bears being ripe for a parody-- à la all of the Goodnight Moon variations. Perhaps some creative person out there has just the story for "The Berenstain Bears and the Alternative Truth"? But where to find the source material. . . ?
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