speech and language teaching concepts for Bone Soup in speech therapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/f/ initial
/s/ initial
/sh/ “share”
/air/ “share”


being clever

Book Details:
Diverse Characters: N/A
Age Recommendation: Elementary, Late Elementary, Middle School

Bone Soup

By Cambria Evans

Known across the land for his infamous appetite, Finnigin is never seen without his eating stool, his eating spoon, and his gigantic eating mouth. When Finnigin finds himself in a new town on Halloween, he hopes to join a great feast with the creatures who live there. But not a body or soul will share any of their food with the ever-famished Finnigin. So what’s a hungry skeleton to do? Armed only with his wits and a special ingredient, will Finnigin be able to stir up a cauldron’s worth of Halloween magic?

This clever Halloween book is ideal for upper elementary and middle schoolers working on vocabulary. It is also great for sequencing as well as for character analysis! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Bone Soup in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

character analysis
text features
illustration study
complex sentence structure
verbs (regular past tense)
pronoun (possessive)


order of ingredients added to the soup


wits, ravenous, barren, delicacy, impending, spare, cloak, wistful

Character Analysis:

Finnigin is clever in his approach to getting what he wants- a feast!


The townspeople would not share anything with Finnigan, but he shared with them.


complex sentence structure
verbs (regular past tense)
pronoun (possessive)

Text Features:

speech bubbles


Why do you think the witch flew away?
Do you think there will be a feast?
What do you think Finnigin will do when he sees that there is no feast?
What do you think Finnigin is making?
Do you think Finnigin will share his soup?
Do you think the others will share their food?
How do you think Finnigin will help there be a feast?

Problem Solving:

Finnigin was hungry and needed help from the townspeople to make a feast.

If you are interested in seeing other Halloween books to use in therapy, then check out the Seasonal Narrative Teaching Points Book List for a printable copy.

If you are interested in using Bone Soup and other Halloween- themed books in speech therapy, then check out these print-&-go cheat sheets. Perfect for when you don’t need a full book companion.