The Berenstain Bears Go Out for the Team
Stan Berenstain, Jan Berenstain
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When backyard sluggers Brother and Sister join the Bear Country Cub League, they get real uniforms and play on a baseball field. They also have pressure to win and competition from the other cubs. But it's Mama's advice that helps them prepare sensibly for team sports.
Copyright © 1986 by Berenstains, Inc. All rights reserved under International and Pan American Copyright Conventions. Published in the United States by Random House, Inc., New York, and simultaneously in Canada by Random House of Canada Limited, Toronto. Library of Congress Cataloging in Publication Data: Berenstain, Stan. The Berenstain bears go out for the team. (A First time book) SUMMARY: Brother and Sister Bear are such good baseball players that Papa Bear decides they should try for the
“Well, how did you do?” asked Mama when she and Papa came to pick the cubs up after the tryouts. “Hard to say,” answered Brother. “We certainly weren’t the best.” “But we weren’t the worst, either,” said Sister. “Anyway—it’s only a game and the worst that can happen is that we won’t make the team.” “Yeah,” sighed Brother. “We can always try again next year if we want to.” “When will you know?” asked Papa as they headed home. “They’re going to post the results on the bulletin board
by. “Strike one!” called the umpire. “That was no strike!” screamed Mama, waving her hat. “It was wide by a mile! Call yourself an umpire!” “Mama, please!” hissed Sister from the sideline. “Calm down! And remember—it’s only a game!” “Sorry about that,” said Mama. Then she straightened her hat, sat down, and enjoyed the rest of the game.
and ice hockey in the winter … —and their favorite, baseball in the spring. As soon as Brother and Sister felt the first warmth of the spring sun, they got out their trusty ball, bat, and gloves and began limbering up for the season. They played pitch and catch … and practiced batting. Why, they even studied up on the rules of the game. Pretty soon some of their friends came to join in the baseball fun. After a while Brother looked around and said, “Hey, I think we have
down,” said Mama. “It’s only a game. Besides, the worst that can happen is that you won’t make the team. You can always try out again next year.” “No, that’s not the worst that can happen,” said Brother, looking gloomy. “The worst that can happen is if Sis makes the team and I don’t!” “I consider that a sexist remark!” snapped Sister angrily. “Well, not completely,” said Mama. “After all, Brother’s older than you and he’s very proud of his baseball ability.” “I see what you mean