Jan Berenstain

In the early 1960s, Stan and Jan Berenstain submitted a children's book featuring an ursine family to Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss), editor in chief of Beginner Books. For their next book, Geisel added the line, "Another adventure of the Berenstain Bears." Jan Berenstain, who died Feb. 24 at 88, was a co-creator of Mama, Papa, Sister and Brother Bear, who live in a big treehouse down a sunny dirt road deep in bear country. In more than 300 books that sold 260 million copies, they taught young readers comfort in strange situations and happiness with family. After Stan's death in 2005,...

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