Curious, tame and intelligent, Monte, the black bear, wanders into the summer community of Pine Crest and after causing a preliminary scare, becomes a useful citizen thanks to the trusting nature of these friendly inhabitants. Always ravenous, Monte's ideal duty is the disposal of garbage, which he carries out with skill and enthusiasm. Next he becomes a perfect messenger and errand boy, this job superseded only by his important role as a nightwatchman. After capturing a band of burglars, Monte goes on to become the Common Citizen of the Year and from there the step upward to TV and movies is relatively simple. Children who have seen or heard about the antics of Monte's relatives in our western national parks will not find this story too divorced from reality. Others who do not question credibility will enjoy these humorous episodes ably illustrated by Charles Geer.