|The Berenstain Bears’ Moving Day|
|Author/s||Stan and Jan Berenstain|
|Publication date||October 12, 1981|
The Berenstain Bears' Moving Day is the fourth book in the First Time Books series. It is also the prequel to The Berenstain Bears' New Baby, as the son is addressed as "Brother" instead of "Small Bear".
The book tells that many years ago, when Brother Bear was an only child the bear family lived in a hillside cave halfway up great bear mountain at the far edge of bear country. Prior to their current jobs, the Bears made their living differently. Papa worked as a lumberjack while Mama climbed down a ladder to a ledge on the mountain, where she tended a vegetable garden. The Bear residence was squalid with no electricity, but it was cozy for the three of them, as evenings were spent knitting, reading or playing cards. The best part of living in the cave for the Bear family was that they had a scenic view of Bear Country from the mountain.
One day, Papa announces he has bought a new house. His reason for doing so is that one day he hopes to expand the family and a cave will become too cramped. He also says he has deforested the area, and mountain trees were tough to sell anyway. Mama agrees, arguing that the thin, rocky soil of her ledge makes it tough to cultivate enough vegetables. Brother wonders about this, thinking that while he enjoys the view of Bear Country, how will he like living down there, much less abandoning his childhood home and leaving all his friends?
- 1981, Random House (Paperback)