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The Berenstain Bears and the Slumber Party
Berenstainbearsslumberparty
Author/s Stan and Jan Berenstain
Publisher Random House
Publication date March 1990
Media type Paperback
Pages 32
ISBN 0679804196
The Berenstain Bears and the Slumber Party is a book in The Berenstain Bears series. It was published on March 17, 1990.

Summary

In the beginning the story explains how you never know who's calling you on the telephone until you answer it. When the phone rings for Mama it's usually Grizzly Gran wanting to get together with the Bear Family for a visit, when it's for Papa it's usually a customer wanting to buy a chair or table, when it's for Brother it's usually Cousin Fred asking about homework, and when it's for Sister it's usually her best friend Lizzie Bruin calling her to do something fun such as going through her attic or using Farmer Ben's chicken coop for a clubhouse. One day Lizzie calls Sister telling her that she's having a slumber party at her house with just the two of them. Anna, Millie, and Queenie McBear and for Sister to bring her music tape player because Anna and Millie are bringing tapes and Queenie is going to teach them the latest step dance. Sister asks Mama if she can go and Mama say okay but tells Sister that while she's at somebody else's house that she should remember two important things privilege and responsibility to which Sister says she will remember those things. Unknown to Mama or Sister, Anna, Millie, and Queenie call all their friends and tell them about the party to which they all call Lizzie and ask to come to the party to which Lizzie says yes and asks them to bring popcorn and soda because they don't wanna run out. Queenie also tells Too-Tall Grizzly and his gang about the party and they decide to show up to the party. Soon Sister leaves for the party but Mama and Papa still remained her about privilege and responsibility to which she tells them that she won't forget. But on the way to Lizzy's she begins to think about all the fun things that are gonna happen at the party and forgets about privilege and responsibility. Mama and Papa believe that Sister will behave good at the party and that Mr. and Mrs. Bruin will have everything taken care of. But unknown to them the Bruins have gone out for the evening and left Lizzy with a babysitter. At the party the cubs act really wild and start spraying popcorn and soda everywhere with Sister in the middle of it. Lizzy's sitter tries to keep the noise down with no luck and some neighbors up the road call the police to complain about the noise. Chief Bruno sends Officer Margurette to the house to investigate and she arrives there just as Lizzy's parents arrive home. In the end the sleepover is canceled, parents are called, Lizzy is sent to bed and Mama Bear comes (angry and disappointed) to take Sister home. Mama grounds Sister with one day in her room and one full week in the house. At home Papa tells Mama that Sister does have to share the blame. But he reminds her that they should have called Lizzy's parents and if they found out they were going to be out, everything could have been rearranged another way. Mama has second thoughts and cancels Sister's groundness and the next day takes her to Lizzy's house to help clean up which Anna, Millie, and Queenie show up too and help clean up the mess. Lizzy suggests that they make it a clean up party but Sister says No and asks not to hear the word party for a very long time.

Character

Differences from the Cartoon

  • While sister was having fun with the girls, she was wearing her white pajamas with pink polka dots, although in the cartoon, she was wearing her pink jumper.
  • In the book, Lizzie's Sitter was trying to settle things down, and one of the neighbors called the police, although in the cartoon, she ask too tall to turn the music down, then, she lost her temper and shouted, Quiet.

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