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Brother Bear, who’s smaller than the other boys, struggles to find the right sport for him

When it comes time to try out for the school football team, Brother Bear feels confident—until he sees the sizes of the other players. Brother can run, pass, and catch, but everybody else is bigger and better. And instead of getting to put on a uniform, he’s stuck being the water bear.

The same thing happens when basketball season and baseball season roll around. Brother Bear is good, but not good enough. One day, his frustration gets the better of him, and he starts kicking things in the locker room. He kicks a bucket. He kicks a can. He goes outside and kicks a rock. And when the coach sees him, Brother thinks he’s in trouble. But he’s about to get his big chance—in a sport where kicking is the most important skill of all!

Ebooks by Stan and Jan Berenstain

ABOUT Stan and Jan Berenstain

  • BIOGRAPHY

    Stan Berenstain (1923–2005) and Jan Berenstain (1923–2012) were a husband-and-wife cartooning team best known for creating the internationally beloved Berenstain Bears. Both born in Philadelphia, they met on the first day of art school, and were married after World War II. Inspired by their children’s love for Dr. Seuss, the Berenstains created a cartoon version of their own family, and with The Big Honey Hunt (1962) began a series that would stretch to more than two hundred volumes. Starring Papa Bear, Mama Bear, Sister Bear, and Brother Bear, the books quickly became popular for their evocative drawings and simple explanations of wholesome themes. The stories sold more than 200 million copies worldwide and have been adapted as movies, television shows, and amusement park attractions. The Berenstains’ younger son, Mike, has overseen the series since his parents passed away, ensuring that it will continue to be popular with each new generation of young readers. 

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