using Bunnybear in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/b/ initial
/n/ medial
/air/ final

Themes:

spring
Easter
acceptance

Book Details:

Diverse Characters: N/A
Age Recommendation: Elementary

Bunnybear

By Andrea J Loney

Although Bunnybear was born a bear, he feels more like a bunny. He prefers bouncing in the thicket to tramping in the forest, and in his heart he’s fluffy and tiny, like a rabbit, instead of burly and loud, like a bear. The other bears don’t understand him, and neither do the bunnies. Will Bunnybear ever find a friend who likes him just the way he is?

This inspiring spring and Easter book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like acceptance and learning to love oneself. It is also great for predicting, inferencing, character analysis and for targeting a variety of adjectives and verbs! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Bunnybear in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

vocabulary
predicting​
character analysis
inferencing

illustration study
social/emotional
adjectives
verbs (action)
verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (present progressive)
verbs (linguistic)
text features

Vocabulary:

shaggy, stompy, odd, den, meadow, warren, cramped, fidgety, elder, wriggled, ferocious, invited, belonged, flutter, squirrelly

Character Analysis:

Bunnybear and Grizzlybun learn how to be themselves and to love each other for who they are.

Social/Emotional:

The animals learn to accept one another and that it’s ok to look one way on the outside and to feel another way on the inside.

Grammar:

adjectives
verbs (action)
verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (present progressive)
verbs (linguistic)

Text Features:

dialogue
speech bubbles
capitals
bold text

Inferencing:

What do the other bears think about him?
Why do you think he left home?
Why do you think the bunny ran away?
Why does Bunnybear want to talk to the rabbit?
How did Bunnybear feel if his heart was fluffy and bouncy?
What does bunny think about Bunnybear being underground?
How did Bunnybear feel when the bunnies laughed at him?
What did the elder bunny think about Bunnybear?
How did Bunnybear feel when he talked to Grizzlybun?

Predicting:

What animal do you think he is trying to be like?
Where do you think he will go?
How do you think Bunnybear will prove or convince the bunnies that he is one of them?
What do you think Bunnybear and Grizzlybun will do together?
What do you think will happen when they go home?

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