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The Berenstain Bears have, for decades, entertained and educated adults and children of all ages. Between the countless books that have been released, the short-lived animated series from 1985 (which is available now in full on DVD) and the 2003 series, which ran for three seasons, families across the nation (and world) have come to love Papa, Mama, Brother and Sister, their stories and life lessons. This spring, that enjoyment will continue when PBS Distribution releases the third collection of episodes from the 2003 series on DVD. The two-disc set is scheduled for release May 19. While audience await the arrival of that collection, they have the second collection, released Jan. 28, to enjoy. The Berenstain Bears: Tree House Tales Volume 2 is a wonderful collection that every family will enjoy partly because of its featured stories, which will be discussed shortly. The lessons tied to the stories add even more to the set’s enjoyment and will be discussed a little later. Keeping in mind the value of the set’s collective primary and secondary content, the whole of The Berenstain Bears: Tree House Tales Volume 2 boasts an average price point, that is notable in its own right. Each item noted here is important in its own right to the whole of the double-disc set. All things considered, they make the collection a presentation that is one of this year’s top new family DVD/BD box sets.
The Berenstain Bears: Tree House Tales Volume 2 is a wonderful presentation that families everywhere will welcome in their own houses. That is due in part to the stories that are featured in this set. Approximately 26 stories make up the body of the two-disc collection. Those stories are in fact the whole of the series’ second season. They are presented in the exact same chronological order in which they originally aired, too, from July 14, 2003 and July 30, 2003. Keeping this in mind, it is a bit of a headscratcher as to why this collection wasn’t just called “Season Two” instead of “Volume Two.” Using the title “Volume Two” becomes somewhat misleading, considering that said term “volume” is typically used for compilation sets rather than full season sets. The same approach was used in the series’ debut “volume,” which was released Sept. 17. The stories themselves find the Bear family – Papa, Mama, Sister and Brother – dealing with a variety of very real life situations, making them relatable to audiences of all ages. The story at the center of “Too Much Pressure,” for instance, finds the Bear family trying to figure out its overly-crowded weekly schedule. What family out there doesn’t deal with that issue? Exactly. The season’s opener, ‘The Excuse Note’ is something that, again, audiences of all ages can appreciate because we have all been there. Sister tries to lie to get out of gym class because she doesn’t enjoy it. This is also a plot element that has been used multiple times before and since this episode’s airing. We’ve all tried to figure out ways out of things we don’t want to do, which is ties to the story’s lesson. This will be addressed a little later. Getting back on topic, “The Perfect Fishing Spot” finds Papa and Sister heading out to get the perfect fish for a special dinner. This leads to another key lesson that is featured within the season. Between these and so many other stories featured in the second season of The Berenstain Bears, the stories that make up the series’ second season give audiences more than enough reason to bring this set home.
The stories that make up the body of The Berenstain Bears’ second season go a long way toward making this collection worth owning for any family. They are just one key aspect of the set that makes its presentation so appealing. The lessons that are tied into each story are themselves critical to the set’s presentation, too. As noted already, Papa learns his own valuable lesson in “The Perfect Fishing Spot” He learns that the biggest prize isn’t the best and that he needs to make sure he keeps his focus when he says he is doing something for someone else. This is something with which we all deal with all the time. We start out wanting to do something nice for someone else, but somewhere along the line, we end up losing that focus and start focusing on what we want. That is what happens here with Papa. He admits in the end that is what has happened as he tries to get the biggest fish possible for the grandparents’ special dinner. He admits he started trying to find the perfect fishing spot (and fish) more for himself than for them. It takes Sister reminding Papa for him to realize what he was doing. The lesson that Papa learns is not the only one involving priorities. He also learns what happens when he puts winning over friendship in “The Prize Pumpkin.” That lesson is one to which audiences of all ages can relate.
Papa isn’t the only member of the Bear family to learn some valuable lessons this season. Brother and Sister learn a lesson about friendship in “Ferdy Factual.” The duo leans that some people deal with their feelings in different ways and don’t always mean to act rude to others. It’s just that they struggle to come to terms with their discomfort in certain situations. Dealing with that issue is just a matter of being nice to those people and maybe they will open up and be nicer. The cubs also learn in this season, the invaluable lesson that helping others can actually help one feel very good inside. That lesson comes in two different episodes – “Lend A Helping Hand” and “Nothing To Do.” The whole family leans an equally invaluable lesson in “Too Much Pressure” about the importance of setting limits and priorities in life, not just in terms of setting weekly schedules, in “Too Much Pressure.” It’s yet another key lesson that will always be timely and relatable. Considering the importance of that lesson, those featured in the other noted episodes and in the rest of the season’s episodes, it becomes clear why the lessons featured in this season are just as important to its presentation as the stories to which they are tied. Keeping that in mind, it becomes clear that the primary and secondary content featured in this collection does a lot to make the set well worth owning. It also makes the set’s average price point money well spent.
The average price point for The Berenstain Bears: Tree House Tales Volume 2 is $11.65. That price is reached by averaging prices at Amazon, Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Books-A-Million and PBS’ online store. None of the set’s price even reaches $15, and the least expensive of the listings is at Target — $8.69 – while the most expensive of the listings is at Books-A-Million and at PBS’ store, at $14.99. Walmart’s listing of $8.77 makes a good middle ground. The $9.99 listing at Amazon and Best Buy are easy on the bank account, too. Even if audiences choose PBS’ store or Barnes & Noble Booksellers, they still won’t break the bank. That is the most important thing to consider here. Regardless of which route audiences go, the price is anything but prohibitive. It is a price that is accessible for every consumer. Keeping this in mind, the affordable price point of this set and its primary and secondary content makes this second season set from The Berenstain Bears another welcome addition to any home.
PBS Distribution’s latest Berenstain Bears season collection is a presentation that every family will happily welcome in their own houses. That is due to the set’s stories and their related lessons, which are all timeless in their own right. The set’s affordable average price point makes that set that much more appealing. Neither the set’s average price point, nor its singular prices are price prohibitive. The most expensive listing from the major retailers is $14.99, which is relatively affordable for anyone. Keeping all of this in mind, The Berenstain Bears: Tree House Tales Volume Two is a presentation that deserves to be in any family’s house. More information on this DVD, PBS distribution’s upcoming release of Tree House Tales Volume Three and all of the latest Berenstain Bears news is available online now at:
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