Friday, November 29, 2019

Mother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins

Mother  Goose  Bruce by Ryan T Higgins was published in 2015 and is an Ezra Jack Keats honor book. Recently Michelle Aikeen donated a copy of this book to the NICU, so I had to order one for my home library.

This book is wonderful and the illustrations are so much fun. This is the story of Bruce a grump of a bear that lives alone. He doesn't like anything, not sun nor rain, not cute little animals. He only likes eggs and he collects (steals) them from all over the forest. He doesn't eat plain eggs; he looks up fancy recipes on the internet.

One day he wants to make hard-boiled goose eggs drizzled with honey-salmon sauce. He goes to the forest to collect all the ingredients, but when he tries to boil the eggs, he fire goes out. While he's out getting more wood, the eggs have hatched and he has become Mother Bruce. "Bruce was the victim of mistaken identity."

Since he can't return the goslings, he tries to get them to leave him alone, but they have imprinted on him, and he is stuck being Mother Bruce.

The bear's expressions are wonderful as he deals with his four new babies. This is fun take on Mother Goose.

I also bought Hotel Bruce, and there is a whole series of books with Mother Bruce. Book buying never ends. There is always another cute book to bring home.

Read to a child today even if that child is you. 

Link to our NICU book registry if you'd like to donate books to babies in the newborn intensive care unit so their parents can read to them while they grow. You can also donate gently used books to our project by sending them to me or to Angie. Email me for a mailing address. We can use both English and Spanish books. If you have a graduate of the NICU, or if you have a baby whose life you would like to honor by donating books to this project, let me know, and I can make a book plate with their name for the books you donate.

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