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In this Jan. 25, 2011 photo, Mike Berenstain and his mother, Janice Berenstain, look at an earlier Berenstain Bears book as they work in their studio in Solebury, Pa. It used to be husband and wife Jan and Stan Berenstain creating the books, but their son Mike took over when his father died, thus continuing the tradition that started with the first book in 1962. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

In this Jan. 25, 2011 photo, Mike Berenstain and his mother, Janice Berenstain, look at an earlier Berenstain Bears book as they work in their studio in Solebury, Pa. It used to be husband and wife Jan and Stan Berenstain creating the books, but their son Mike took over when his father died, thus continuing the tradition that started with the first book in 1962.

Berenstain Bears co-creator dies

February 27, 2012

Jan Berenstain, who with her husband, Stan, wrote and illustrated the Berenstain Bears books that have charmed preschoolers and their parents for 50 years, has died. She was 88.