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Bracelets for Bina’s Brothers by Rajani LaRocca and illustrated by Chaaya Prabhat

Bina has three older brothers who annoy her and call her silly names, but she loves them anyway. When Raksha Bandhan, a holiday for brothers and sisters nears, Bina wants to make bracelets for her brothers to keep them safe. After asking each brother his favorite color, Bina and her mother buy beads. While making the bracelets, Bina runs into trouble and must do some problem solving to make sure each brother gets the perfect bracelet with the perfect pattern of colors.

Bina’s story is part of the Charlesbridge Storytelling MATH series, and Chaaya Prabhat’s colorful illustrations add to the fun. I have many students who celebrate Raksha Bandhan, and it was wonderful to hear their stories along the way. All my students were engaged in the problem solving, sharing their ideas for Bina.

After reading, students recreated or imagined their own bracelets with a collaborative Seesaw assignment. This is a wonderful read aloud for grades K-3.

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