It was brambleberry season…
…and Papa announced, “JJ, It’s time you moved out of the nursery!”
Mama hung a sheet across the kitchen and said, “No peeking.” …the hammering and sawing continued for days.
When they finished they led JJ into the kitchen. There – in the far corner was a new pine cupboard. He couldn’t help but feel disappointed. Did they really think he should sleep in a cupboard?
Then Dusty knocked firmly on the wall three times. The cupboard door popped open to reveal a secret stairway…to a loft Papa and Dusty had built over the kitchen!
With a bird’s-eye view JJ could look down and watch Mama cook… Then he noticed an iron pulley on the wall. Hanging from it was a rope with a bucket tied to the end. Dusty said it was an easy way to get things upstairs. And Papa gave the cubs a ride in it.
…That night Dusty camped with JJ in his new room. Mama made a soft bed out of old Indian blankets. Then she rang a bell and told them to haul up the bucket. When they did, they found fresh Brambleberry Cobbler inside!