Kids Picks: The Berenstain Bears’ Moving Day

We decided to pick this book up before our big move, in an effort to get my son ready for it and maybe try to explain to him what moving was. No easy task with a just barely three year old with the attention span of a gnat. Still, he is enjoying this book a lot and I think he might understand it better now than he did before we read the book. There are several books out there with this theme, designed to help kids cope with moving but I liked this one the best – especially because it was a Berenstain Bears book. My husband and I both grew up with this series and can still vividly remember reading them as children. So we always love a chance to share one of our favorites with MM and while we hadn’t read this particular title before, it was just as good and Berenstainy as all the other books.

The book describes how the Bear Family did not always live in their beloved tree house and tells about their first home in a cave on the mountain and how even though they liked their old home, there were some things they did not like and eventually they decided to move. It talks about the concerns Brother Bear had with moving, which I think most kids will share: Where will my toys and books go? Where are we moving? Why do we have to move? What about my friends? The answers are simple and reassuring and the story is charming and well told – basically, it’s a classic Berenstain Bears book. I highly recommend it and I think MM would, too.

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  1. Great suggestion! I wish I’d had it a few weeks ago when DH and I finally had the ‘moving talk’ with our 5 year old. She was very upset then, but she seems to have adjusted pretty well and is REALLY enjoying the chance to help us pack – she’s faster than I am! I am still going to run out and get the book though, it’ll be a good distraction and preparation for when the movers get here. Thanks for the tip!

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  2. I loved the BB books as I kid. And as an adult I think they are great b/c you can always find one that deals with whatever situation your child is experiencing. Hope this particular book continues to help!

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  3. We haven’t read much of the Bernstein bears at our house … My 5 yo is about to take off with her reading though and I will make sure to look for this one for her to try out. Thanks. 🙂

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  4. I’ll have to look through our BB collection and see if we have this one and if not, get it from the library. Alex obviously understands what’s going on but Zach doesn’t, but it would be good to read to both of them anyway. I really need to look into books on moving – if you have any other suggestions let me know.

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  5. Another great series along the same lines (we loved the BB too) is the Little Critter books by Mercer Mayer. They are absolutely adorable & yet they teach too. They have a moving book & also one about how to be a good friend to a new neighbor. We really used those books!

    Can’t wait to hear more about the drive!

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  6. I can remember seeing this episode with my kids on TV. We used to love watching the Berenstein Bears. MM will be fine – he will forget so quickly, just like my girls did and he will soon settle down.

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  7. The good thing about them being so young is that it’s not usually traumatic for them, but it is great to use books to inform! And you’re right, the BB have a great way of teaching without preaching.

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  8. I love this series. My post is up!!! I’ve got an author visiting today. She’s discussing her book Cowgirl Dreams which is a great teen read.

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  9. Great pic! I think we have almost all the BB books – they’re a favorite of ours too. They’re a great way to address a child’s fears or apprehension. I used Going to the Dentist and Doctor for when my kids were old enough to be a little scared.

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