speech and language teaching concepts for Bad Apple: A Tale of Friendship in speech therapy​ ​

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/m/ initial
/k/ final
/g/ initial
/w/ initial
/l/ final
/p/ medial



Book Details:

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

Bad Apple: A Tale of Friendship

By Edward Hemingway

It takes a firm apple to stand up to bullies. When Mac, an apple, meets Will, a worm, they become fast friends, teaching each other games and even finishing each other's sentences. But apples aren't supposed to like worms, and Mac gets called “rotten” and “bad apple.” At first, Mac doesn't know what to do—it's never easy standing up to bullies–but after a lonely day without Will, Mac decides he'd rather be a bad apple with Will than a sad apple without.

This kind apples book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like bullying and friendship. It is also great for noticing character expressions and illustrations as well as for /m/, /k/, /g/, /w/, /l/ and /p/ sounds! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Bad Apple: A Tale of Friendship in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

illustration study​
verbs (regular past tense)
text features​


Mac is bullied by the other apples because he has a worm as a friend. This causes Will the worm to leave, only for Mac to be lonely and sad. Mac ultimately goes to find Will and they choose friendship over listening to the other apples.


verbs (regular past tense)

Text Features:

change in font
change in text color
change in text size


How do you think Mac was a good apple?
How do Mac and Will feel about each other?
Why did the other apples think Mac was rotten?
What makes someone sweet?
Who do you think is really the bad apple? Why?
Why do you think Will left?
How did Mac feel if he had a hole in him?
How did they feel in the end?

If you are interested in seeing other apples-themed books to use in therapy, then check out the Themed Narrative Key Teaching Points Book List for a printable copy.