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Bubble Gum Brain: Ready, Get Mindset…Grow!

Welcome to Buddy’s Book Review! A review of our favorite children’s books here at The Nest Schools. We thoroughly believe in the power of literature, and we are excited to introduce wonderful new children’s books to our families in hopes that they will expand their own home libraries as we expand our own!   

How will we review and rate each book? Each book will be rated in terms of likeness to our core values: kindness, fun, wellness, and innovation. Five beautiful feathers will be given for the core value we think that each book represents the best. Happy Reading!  

“Bubble Gum Brain: Ready, Get Mindset…Grow!” by Julia Cook is a delightful and insightful children’s book that takes young readers on an engaging journey of self-discovery, growth, and the power of having a growth mindset. With charming illustrations by Allison Valentine, this book serves as a fantastic tool for parents and educators to teach children about embracing challenges and developing a positive attitude towards learning. 

The story follows a relatable character named Nellie, whose mind is likened to a bubble gum brain—flexible, open to new ideas, and ready to stretch. Nellie’s friend Ned, on the other hand, has a “brick brain,” symbolizing a fixed mindset that resists change and avoids challenges. 

As the story unfolds, readers are introduced to various scenarios where Nellie demonstrates her bubble gum brain approach. With the support and guidance of her teacher and friends, Nellie learns to face challenges head-on, turn mistakes into learning opportunities, and adapt her thinking to new situations. Through her journey, children are encouraged to embrace the concept of a growth mindset—a belief that their abilities and intelligence can be developed with effort and practice. 

Julia Cook’s writing style is both engaging and accessible, making complex concepts like growth mindset easy for young readers to understand. The relatable characters and everyday scenarios make it simple for children to connect with Nellie’s experiences and feelings. Allison Valentine’s vibrant illustrations complement the narrative beautifully, capturing the emotions and adventures of Nellie and her friends. 

What sets “Bubble Gum Brain” apart is its ability to not only entertain but also educate. The book provides children with practical strategies for facing challenges and setbacks with resilience and optimism. It teaches them that making mistakes is a natural part of learning and that putting in effort can lead to personal growth and achievement. 

Buddy gives “Bubble Gum Brain” five feathers for innovation! We love that this book focuses on having a “Growth Mindset” and that you can always take your best and make it better.  

Parents, teachers, and caregivers will find “Bubble Gum Brain” to be a valuable resource for fostering a growth mindset in children. The book provides a foundation for important conversations about perseverance, self-belief, and the importance of embracing learning as a lifelong journey. 

“Bubble Gum Brain: Ready, Get Mindset…Grow!” is a wonderful addition to any children’s bookshelf. With its engaging storyline, relatable characters, and valuable life lessons, Julia Cook and Allison Valentine have created a book that empowers young readers to approach challenges with confidence, curiosity, and a willingness to grow. This book is an excellent way to introduce children to the power of a growth mindset and equip them with the tools they need to navigate life’s ups and downs with resilience and positivity.