Stan Berenstain, co-author of Berenstain Bears children's books, Nov. 26

<b>Author Stan Berenstain, Nov. 26</b><BR> Stan Berenstain, who with his wife, Jan, wrote and illustrated the best-selling Berenstain Bears children's books — soft-sell morality plays that revel in poking fun at and safely solving the everyday travails of family life — died of complications from cancer on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2005, in Bucks County, Pa. He was 82. The more than 200 books published since 1962 have a Seinfeldian quality, because entire volumes are built around ordinary matters — messy rooms, a visit to the dentist, fear of the dark — that constitute high drama for the under-7 set. "They were able to take the real issues of children's lives and make them entertaining and not preachy," said Ilene Abramson, director of children's services at the Los Angeles Public Library. "The books had messages of basic character-building, but they were always done with humor and with that strong sense of family." Stan and Jan Berenstain are shown here in August 2002 at their home in Solebury, Pa.

( AP file / November 30, 2005 )

Author Stan Berenstain, Nov. 26
Stan Berenstain, who with his wife, Jan, wrote and illustrated the best-selling Berenstain Bears children's books — soft-sell morality plays that revel in poking fun at and safely solving the everyday travails of family life — died of complications from cancer on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2005, in Bucks County, Pa. He was 82. The more than 200 books published since 1962 have a Seinfeldian quality, because entire volumes are built around ordinary matters — messy rooms, a visit to the dentist, fear of the dark — that constitute high drama for the under-7 set. "They were able to take the real issues of children's lives and make them entertaining and not preachy," said Ilene Abramson, director of children's services at the Los Angeles Public Library. "The books had messages of basic character-building, but they were always done with humor and with that strong sense of family." Stan and Jan Berenstain are shown here in August 2002 at their home in Solebury, Pa.

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