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May 2, 2019

The Frazzled Teacher Recommends: Mother Bruce

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Do you love books as much as I do? I definitely consider myself an avid reader! I am always on the lookout for new books while taking the time to reread my favorites. Join me each Thursday as I share a classroom treasure with you. Let me know what you think of the book and what book you would recommend!

This week, this frazzled teacher recommends: Mother Bruce.

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I decided to go a completely different route when choosing a Mother's Day book to recommend. I find that more and more of my students have nontraditional backgrounds, raised by grandparents, aunts, foster parents, etc. Therefore, a traditional book about moms is not always the best for every group of kids. That's why I love this book!

Mother Bruce is an entertaining story about a grumpy bear who unwittingly becomes a mother to some adorable chicks. Of course everyone lives happily ever after in the end.

I like that this story is just a nice, feel-good one. Bruce is won over by the little chicks. As for teaching specific skills, because Bruce's demeanor is highlighted, I would use this book to teach character traits. It could also be used to demonstrate how character traits change over time.

Other Recommended Books:


All of these stories are more traditional. They are sweet like Love You Forever to just plain fun. I am always a fan of Natasha Wing's The Night Before... books. Fancy Nancy books may be geared a bit more for girls but I love the incredible vocabulary used in the book.

Looking for more recommendations? Check out some of these past blog posts for more of my favorite books.


What book do you recommend?

Looking for read aloud suggestions for Mother's Day? Then this blog post is for you! Inside you will find nontraditional book suggestions as well as more traditional ones. Engage all of your learners with these books. This especially includes students raised by grandparents, aunts, foster parents, or other relatives. A summary of the main book, Mother Bruce, as well as teaching suggestions are included. {Preschool, Kindergarten, First, Second, and Third Grade Students}

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