Lima Bear® Press has a very straightforward mission: to publish children’s stories that are, engaging, imaginative, and humorous while each carries an important life message such as tolerance, honesty, courage and the like.
About the series
In the series entitled The Lima Bear Stories, as the basic characters appear and reappear, each has a distinct personality that shines through in every story. While the children have no idea what twists and turns the story may take, they come to know the characters and have a pretty good idea of how they are likely to act in different situations and settings. In essence, the children become friends with the characters. There is a form of bonding that develops. Each story carries an important overriding message (such as courage, tolerance, honesty), and we believe that this bonding creates a more profound understanding and appreciation of the message.
What’s the King of Beandom to do? The tiny, multi-colored bean-shaped bears of Beandom are under attack by a monster. Even the King’s wisest advisors seem unable find a solution. Who will save Beandom? Can an ordinary tiny bear step forward with a plan that works? Welcome to Beandom! It’s a great place to visit. Or, it will be just as soon as we get rid of that pesky monster!
As princess Belinda Bean takes the throne as queen and ruler of Beandom, all are happy except for the duke, Mean Ol’ Bean, who wants to be king. He lures her into a magic labyrinth from which there is no escape—until L. Joe Bean, one of her subjects, discovers the plot and mounts a rescue attempt. The primary message presented in the story is: Always make room for forgiveness in your heart.
If you haven’t already, you will notice a theme in the children’s books I choose to get for my boys and that I choose to review. Lessons and morals are a big thing for us. My boys are 5 and 7 so they are still at a very impressionable age, and I want to make sure we are making the right impressions. These books have lovable characters that are easy to get attached to, and the fact that the characters appear throughout the series is even better.
Each story is fast paced and fun to read. My boys enjoyed these immensely. I was a very happy mommy when I heard my 7 year old talking to my 5 year old later about the books and being nice to each other. They have asked to read and have these read to them several times a week now, and I happily oblige them.
There are “Extend the Learning” questions about the stories and activities at the end of each book that can engage kids even more. I can’t wait to read more of the Lima Bear stories.
Thomas Weck is a creative and captivating national award-winning author of children’s books. He has traveled extensively in the U.S. and in foreign countries including teaching children through the Peace Corps. With four children of his own and a passion for observing children’s behavior, he has distilled these observations into stories that excite the imagination of young minds amidst peals of laughter and learning.
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