The Berenstain Bears Get the Gimmies
Stan Berenstain, Jan Berenstain
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Brother and Sister Bear want everything in sight, and they throw tantrums when they don't get what they want. Wisely Mama and Papa deal with this childhood malady by teaching the cubs about the family budget and the importance of appreciating all that they have already.
Copyright © 1988 by Berenstains, Inc. All rights reserved under International and Pan-American Copyright Conventions. Published in the United States by Random House, Inc., New York, and simultaneously in Canada by Random House of Canada Limited, Toronto. Library of Congress Cataloging in Publication Data: Berenstain, Stan. The Berenstain bears get the gimmies. (A First time book) Summary: Gran and Gramps come up with a plan to help selfish Brother and Sister Bear get rid of a bad case of
the time to argue. They scurried up the stairs and into their room. “We seem to have come at a bad time!” said Gran. “What about these things we brought with us?” asked Gramps. “A puzzle for Brother and a top for Sister?” “Your presents will have to wait, Gramps,” answered Mama. “I’m afraid Brother and Sister have a bad case of the gimmies.” “The galloping greedy gimmies,” added Papa. “The worst case I’ve ever seen.” The cubs opened their door a crack to listen. “The worst
gimmies! Did you ever! You wanted everything in sight. Downright embarrassing. Why, it got so bad we couldn’t go there anymore.” “So we worked out a deal,” said Gran. “When it came time for a trip to the General Store, we had you decide on a treat ahead of time. It could be a sweet, a toy, or a book—and that was it for the day.” “Right,” said Gramps. “And if you came down with the gimmies, we went right home and you got nothing!” “That sounds like a pretty good plan to me,” said
“Hey, a Bucking Frog!” shouted Brother. “That looks even better than the Bucking Duck! May we ride it, please? May we? May we? Please!” Now, Papa had just bought them treats, and he thought that was enough for one day. But the cubs made such a fuss that he sighed, dug into his pocket, and put some money in the slot. Papa looked at Mama and shrugged. “Cubs will be cubs,” he said. “It may be true that cubs will be cubs,” said Mama as they walked across the parking lot to their car.
gimmies I’ve ever seen!” “Yes,” said Mama, calmly sipping her tea. “But have you ever stopped to think about why they have the gimmies? Perhaps their greedy behavior isn’t all their fault. Perhaps it’s partly our fault for giving in every time they make a fuss.” Papa listened quietly. “Perhaps so,” he said. “It’s up to us,” she continued, “to explain things to them—to help them understand why it’s important not to be greedy.” Then Papa called the cubs in for a talking-to. He told them