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Berenstain Bears’ creator dies
Author: teddygirl | Sunday December 04, 2005

Stan Berenstain, who created the popular Berenstain Bears books with his wife Jan, died at the age of 82. He lived in Philadelphia, PA. The couple met at the Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Art in 1941 and married after Stan finished his Army service in World War II.

After they got married, they started submitting cartoons to magazines and became contributors to McCall’s, Colliers and the Saturday Evening Post. In 1962, they began an association with Theodore Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, who they later developed the Berenstain Bears series with. Geisel was head of children’s publishing at Random House at the time.

The Berenstain Bears appeared in 200 books in over 40 years, beginning with The Big Honey Hunt in 1962. The series tried to help parents and children with challenges that they faced.

In later years, the Berenstains’ sons, Leo and Michael, helped Stan and Jan write and illustrate the books. Many recent books are credited to the Berenstains instead of just to Stan and Jan.

Stan Berenstain is survived by his wife and 2 sons.

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