using Spring Stinks in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/s/ blends



Book Details:

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

Spring Stinks

By Ryan Higgins

Ruth the bunny is excited to share the smelly springtime smells of spring with Bruce! But what will Bruce think of all that stink? “Higgins' sparse text is humorously juxtaposed with his signature, detail-packed, engaging illustrations. The mouse-sized treehouse and the despondent, dripping moose are especially delightful. Bruce's unibrow is practically a protagonist in and of itself. Ruth's exuberance plays off Bruce's disgruntledness like a sweet pear off gorgonzola.” —Kirkus Reviews

This quiry spring book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like appreciating the things around you and facial expressions. It is also great for predicting, sequencing, adjectives for targeting /s/ blends! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Spring Stinks in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

character analysis
illustration study


order of springtime smells Ruth tries to get Bruce to like spring


spring, bears, grumpy, soggy, hollow, grumbles, rumbles, woodsy, mumbles

Character Analysis:

Bruce is grumpy and has a hard time appreciating the change in season.


Ruth tries to help grumpy Bear appreciate spring. In the end they both end up smelling something stinky! Bruce presents with an exaggerated facial expression, while Ruth doesn’t seem to notice as she continues to try to get him to smell spring with her.




Why do you think Bear is unhappy about spring?


What do you think Ruth will do when Bruce says “spring stinks”?
How do you think they can smell springtime together?
Why do you think Bruce doesn’t like spring?
What do you think Ruth will do after she puts daisies on Bruce?
Do you think Bruce will like the smell of wet moose?
What do you think he will do?
What do you think Bruce does like the smell of?
What do you think will happen when Bruce gets honey on himself?
How do you think Bruce smells at the end?
What other animal do you think is stinky in the springtime?

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.