using Bruce's Big Storm in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/br/ initial
/st/ initial
/n/ initial
​/b/ medial
/s/ final


helping others

Book Details:

Diverse Characters: N/A
Age Recommendation: Early Childhood, Elementary, Late Elementary

Bruce’s Big Storm

By Ryan Higgins

Bruce’s home is already a full house. But when a big storm brings all his woodland neighbors knocking, he’ll have to open his door to a crowd of animals in need of shelter―whether he likes it or not.

This neighborly spring book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like friendship, teamwork, and helping others. It is also great for character analysis, inferencing, sequencing and targeting a variety of sounds including: ​/b/ medial, /n/ initial, /s/ final, /br/, /st/ and /or/! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Bruce’s Big Storm in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complex episode

Narrative Concepts:


problem solving
character analysis
illustration study
text features​​


order of events that leads to Bruce and his neighbors helping one another


interrupting, pestering, neighbor, raged, invite, adventure, guest, addition, popular

Character Analysis:

Bruce learns that spending time with his neighbors isn’t so bad.


Bruce’s neighbors are friendly and try to include Bruce even though he is a grumpy bear.

Text Features:

large text
speech bubbles
change in font


What does Bruce think about his neighbors?
How does Bruce feel when the deer ask to stay?
How does Bruce feel about the animals being in his home?
How does Bruce feel when he gets swept away?
What is Bruce thinking when everyone is on the couch?
What is Bruce thinking when he hears a knock at the door?
How do you think Bruce felt when the neighbors helped fix his house?
How do you think Bruce felt at the end?
How did the other animals feel about Bruce?

Problem Solving:

Bruce and his neighbors try to help save a bunny from a storm. It’s all hands on deck when they get swept away and all have to work together. Later in the story, they all work together to rebuild Bruce’s house after the storm.

If you are interested in seeing other spring books to use in therapy, then check out the Narrative Teaching Points Book List for a printable copy.