I haven’t enjoyed a children’s book as much as Mother Bruce in a long time! I think I liked it so much because of his wit and humor with a bit of sarcasm thrown in the mix. It’s a truly unique book with a wonderful story.
Bruce is a grumpy old bear who doesn’t like anything or anyone. Along comes an unexpected life changing moment when his eggs he was preparing to eat, hatched! Bruce because in an instant parent. Try as he may he can not get rid of these little goslings. They are instantly attached to him, mistaking him for their mother as it’s the first face they see when they come into the world!
You can see Bruce’s attachment to them grow, even if his demeanor doesn’t reflect it. It’s the subtlety in his actions and the wonderful illustrations that go along with it demonstrate this beautifully.
This book made me laugh because it reminded me a lot of being a mom! Little ones all lined up to eat, taking care of them, not always listening, chaos and most importantly, unconditional love.
This is a great example of family by choice and that sometimes the ones we love the most aren’t necessarily family by blood. Bruce needed these little goslings to come into his life and give him a big chunk of good old fashioned love!
This story is witty, heartwarming and endearing and I love reading Mother Bruce to my kids!
About the Book
Bruce the bear likes to keep to himself. That, and eat eggs. But when his hard-boiled goose eggs turn out to be real, live goslings, he starts to lose his appetite. And even worse, the goslings are convinced he’s their mother. Bruce tries to get the geese to go south, but he can’t seem to rid himself of his new companions. What’s a bear to do?
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