Big Pumpkin in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/p/ (initial and medial)
/dr/ initial blend
/w/ initial
/v/ (initial)



Book Details:

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

Big Pumpkin

By Erica Silverman

The witch has grown the biggest pumpkin ever, and now she wants to make herself a pumpkin pie for Halloween. But the pumpkin is so big she can't get it off the vine.
It’s so big the ghost can’t move it, either. Neither can the vampire, nor the mummy. It looks as if there’ll be no pumpkin pie for Halloween until along comes the bat with an idea to save the day. How can the tiny bat succeed where bigger and strong spooky creatures have failed? You'll be surprised!

This clever Halloween-themed book can be used to address social/emotional issues like teamwork. It is a cumulative tale making it great for sequencing! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Big Pumpkin in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode
cumulative tale

Narrative Concepts:

repetitive text for emphasis
plot with multiple attempts


order of characters: witch, ghost, vampire, mummy, bat


sprout, vine, boasted

Character Analysis:

each character boasted that they were bigger and stronger than the others.


teamwork is better than trying to do something on your own


compound sentence structure
conjunction (and)

Text Features:



why did they all laugh at the bat when he said he could help?


how many characters will it take to get the pumpkin loose?
who will come along and be able to get the pumpkin loose?

Problem Solving:

how did the witch finally get the pumpkin loose?

If you liked this, check out the Narrative Teaching Points Book List for other Halloween books to use in therapy.