The Berenstain Bears Blessed are the Peacemakers by Mike Berenstain is a mash-up of Brother and Sister Bear, Romeo and Juliet and the Beatitudes. The story hangs together okay, but not in a very engaging way.
I was pretty disappointed by how the whole peacemaking thing was handled. This was such a rich opportunity to offer children real problem solving skills they could use on the playground. Instead, they were offered an example of Cousin Fred jumping into the middle of a fight and quoting a Bible verse. That’s not how things usually go down at recess.
Also, I’m not entirely sure I agree that the meaning of “reap a harvest of righteousness” is “get a rich reward”. I think I would probably explain it as growing and gathering good things in our community.
In fairness to the book, there were some thought provoking questions at the end in “Activities and Questions from Brother and Sister Bear”. Hopefully parents and kids discuss these questions at length.
P.S. I received a free copy of this book from BookLook in exchange for my honest opinions and review.