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Bruno's Hat

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I received a free ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

This book has adorable illustrations. The story is good too. Kids will learn about bullying and teasing and that it's good to speak up for your friends.
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A great children’s book about bullying and making friends. The young frog in this book is teased and made fun of because of the homemade hat his mother makes him. The bully is transformed into friendship.
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I liked this little story! I think it would work well with toddlers and preschoolers, especially when teaching them to accept others and the concept of live and let live. Making fun of people just isn't nice and they are never too young to learn that. The illustrations were nice enough.
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Bruno’s Hat by Canizales is a short story that addresses bullying from a different point of view. Bruno is a frog who wears an argyle patterned propeller beanie and Sergio is the toothy, pointy-eared brown animal who picks on him. Rather than seeing the events unfold through the eyes of Bruno or Sergio, Peter tells the story in first person. Peter (a goat-like creature) is Bruno’s best friend and when he attempts to stand up for Bruno, Sergio makes fun of Peter too! 

I like seeing the bullying through they eyes of someone other than the bully or victim. It offers a different perspective that teaches kids that they can stand up for one another. For the most part, the story played out with minimal adult interference. I really liked this aspect as it empowers children and teaches them that they can solve issues themselves. 


Thanks to NetGalley and Flyaway Books for the opportunity to read this book. My review is honest and unbiased. #NetGalley #BrunosHat

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While the moral of the story is good, I wonder if kids will sit through the whole book to find out that moral. The message is important but something about the way this story was written made me feel bored.
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A gentle story about bullying that young children will relate to. Everyone wants to fit in, even if it means hurting our friends. Through the story, the narrator guides the reader to see that our fear of being different shouldn't deter us from being a good friend. The only problem I had with the text is it felt like a telling, which kept me as the reader at a distance and I didn't get immersed in the story. The picture and text flowed well together, but removing the "flashback" aspect of the story would help a reader become more of a participant.
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Bruno wears a weird hat, and when Sergio makes fun of him, his best friend Peter stands up for Bruno. But then Sergio calls Peter a weirdo too. Avoiding conflict and trying to fit in, Peter decides to be friends with Sergio even though Sergio continues to be mean to Bruno. Peter misses his friendship with Bruno and finally realizes that his friendship with Bruno is more important.

Told from Peter’s perspective, Bruno’s Hat offers kids a realistic view of how friends act when someone is being teased. Friends don’t always make the best choices. Friends can sometimes hurt someone’s feelings too. But friends can apologize and make the situation better.

Children can relate to Peter’s struggle to be a good friend and learn that even if they’ve made mistakes in the past, you can always make better choices and repair broken friendships now.
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#Bruno's Hat    #Net Galley

With friendship comes responsibility!  All children want to be liked and have friends.  Some don't know how to go about taking care of those friendships.

Bullying is disruptive and hurtful.  When someone makes fun of your friend, what can you do?  This helpful book points out the fact that there is always a way to keep your friendship and include even more friends.

I enjoyed this book and appreciate the lesson.  However, I wasn't very excited with the illustrations.
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A kindhearted friendship story that celebrates individuality while modeling standing up to bullies and conflict resolution. A good picture book to share and discuss.
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I enjoyed this picture book with its strong message.  Peer pressure and bullying are issues even young children encounter and this story was refreshing. Written in first person gives it another layer of emotion as Peter deals with his feelings.  A story of bullying with a needed angle in discussions with children.  The colorfully lush illustrations invite readers to take multiple looks at the scene details and characters. There is an endnote and reference to resources. My opinions, ratings, and reviews are my own.
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Super cute book I will definitely buy for our library! Deals with bullying without being preachy, and loved that it showed sticking up for someone else.
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A very cute book about a very tough subject!  This book looks at bullying through a child's eyes and encourages them to try and understand things from the bullied child's point of view.  The book uses animals as substitutes for children and the story is narrated by the friend of the bullied child's.  It looks at the confusing feelings of both of these children and asks what does it mean to be a friend and as a friend, how do you support the bullied child? #BrunosHat #NetGalley
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Bruno wears a weird hat and he gets made fun of for it. Pete, his friend, didn't really notice that Bruno wore a weird hat until another kid pointed it out and started picking on Bruno because of the hat. Even though Pete knows that making fun of Bruno is wrong, he doesn't want to be considered a weirdo by association.
The story is a good one for kids who might know someone who is being bullied--it lets them see how it can hurt the person being bullied and how they are in a position to stand up and help stop the bullying.
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I was given an advance electronic copy from NetGalley.
Peter's friend Bruno always wears the same hat. They're best friends and do many things together. One day other kids tease Bruno about his hat. Peter speaks up the first time but the teasing continues and Peter makes the choice to play with Sergio and Leah instead of Bruno. He stays quiet when they tease Bruno and make fun of his hat, etc. Peter finds his voice and speaks up for his friend. At the end, they  all play together and wear the silly hats.
Use to talk about speaking up for friends and how to handle bullies.
The illustrations are brightly colored. The character's expressions tell the story to support the text.  The author captures the essence of elementary school playgrounds everywhere.
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This is a story that is actually told from Bruno’s best friend’s point of view. He and Bruno love to play together, and Bruno always wears his funky fun hat. That’s never been a problem until one fateful day when one of their classmates decides that Bruno’s hat is... not cool. It all unravels from there. 

This book plays at some of the tensions that we feel when we come across teasing and bullying, and provides multiple moments to have conversations about what goof friendship looks like. A useful social emotional resource if you don’t  have one you love already.
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I would recommend this book to teachers and parents who are trying to teach young children about standing up for their friends. Learning to embrace differences is hard for young children and standing up to peer pressure is a lesson to learn early and often.
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Told with colorful stories and animals as main characters, this delightful book relates the tale of Bruno and his "weird" hat. When Bruno gets bullied, his one friend fails to stand up for him. Will his friend realize his mistake? Enjoy this story about friendship and bullying with young children ages Pre-K through grade 2. This book would be a valuable addition to an elementary or children's library collection.
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Cute story to teach children to stand up for what they believe is right and to be an upstander not a bystander!
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Bruno has a weird hat. Sergio makes fun of his weird hat. Read the book to see how they work out their differences.

A good preschool read about friendship and bullying.

Thanks to Flyaway and Net Galley for providing a copy of this book.
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It should be noted when the file is a PDF, I only read Kindle copies, So disappointed. It would save so much time for reviewers and publishers if that was noted on the book's description page
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