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I am a Realtor, and I gave this as part of a closing gift basket to new homeowners with a small family. The night before they moved, they read it all together. The parents were so grateful, and it eased the stress on the children. This is a well done, very helpful book for anyone moving with children.
Currently in the process of relocating from Oregon to Colorado. My 4yo loves books and I thought this would be a great way to introduce him to the idea of moving. We read it atleast 4x a week. And he always has more questions about our moving. Recommend for sure!
We have been preparing for a big move to another state for quite a while. We have a 2.5 & 4 year old. We read books about moving just about everyday to prepare them for such a big move & I do believe it helps immensely.
This particular book is wordy in some areas, especially in the beginning (this kind of stuff drives me nuts). I also feel it’s a bit repetitive in areas not necessary or really relatable for children. What I like is, that it addresses some important things. And the book has sparked questions & conversations with our kids.
Two things stood out to me. First, they talk about packing everything & not leaving their things behind (my kids have really worried about leaving their things behind). Of all the other moving books we read this directly talks about packing ALL their things, including brother bears toys & books.
Second, brother bear asks about leaving friends behind. The parents then express how they are leaving their friends behind too but how they can stay in touch with them by writing or visiting. The parents also talk about making new friends & when they get to the new house brother bear find plenty of other cubs to become friends with.
I also want to mention that they move into a fixer-upper. They don’t go into detail with the fixing of but at the end it’s all beautifully fixed up.
Other moving books to check out (all on Amazon): Boomer’s Big Day by Constance W. McGeorge (our family favorite) Big Ernie’s New Home by Teresa & Whitney Martin
My son seemed very anxious about our upcoming move. We read this book and it gave him a much better understanding of what was taking place. When the movers came, he was very excited and said we are just like the Barenstein Bears!
My husband is in the military, and we are approaching our 3 year old's first PCS move. We got her this book to prepare her for what moving is and what will happen. I think it does a good job of explaining how we will take all our things with us, but we will miss our friends. And how we will make new friends while keeping in touch with the old ones. She loves the Berenstain Bears, so it's great to have familiar characters discussing the subject of moving.
Yet another classic Berenstain Bears story. We have about 20 of these classic books and my kids love them. In our family, our son is two years older than our daughter so it really helps them connect to the stories because they often put themselves in the positions of the characters. We are moving soon so I ordered this book.
Even though it came out in 1981 (after Sister Bear was introduced), it is a flashback story of the time when the only child Brother Bear (along with his parents -- obviously) move from their cave to the tree house that is the common back drop for most of their stories. I have yet to encounter one of the classic books by Stan and Jan Berenstain that I don't like (plus, my kids love them which is wonderful too). The only negative that we experienced with this book is that my daughter had a tough time because Sister Bear wasn't in it. She still liked the story and we talked about how we are going to pack up their toys and games and still be able to enjoy them at our new house. Plus, we talked about how we will be meeting new friends in our new neighborhood, and won't be able to see our current friends and neighbors as often.