using Curious George Makes a Valentine in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/j/  initial and final (“George”)


Valentine’s Day
gift giving

Book Details:

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

Curious George Makes a Valentine

By H. A. Rey

George wants to make Valentine’s Day cards for all his friends, but even with four paws, it takes a long time to create homemade cards for everyone. With a little help from sponge shapes, red paint, and a waffle iron, George creates the first ever monkey Valentine’s printing press!

This clever Valentine's Day book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like friendship and not giving up. It is also great for predicting and for problem solving and as well as targeting /j/ initial and final and /or/ sounds! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Curious George Makes a Valentine in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

character analysis


order of events Curious George takes to make his friends Valentines


care, surprised, special, stamp, foam, curious, pogo stick, tricycle, waffle iron, perfect, proud, important

Character Analysis:

Curious George tries different ways to make cards for his friends but he is worried when it takes too long and has to come up with another plan.


Curious George wants to show his friends how much he loves them but is worried when his first few plans don’t work. He is proud at the end that he didn’t give up and was able to show his friends and family how much he loves them.


What else do you think they will do on Valentine’s Day?
How do you think he can make a lot of cards quickly?
What kind of stamp do you think he will make?
What do you think he can do to make it go faster?
How do you think he will use the pogo stick?
What else can he use?
How will he use the unplugged waffle iron?
What do you think will happen when he uses it?

Problem Solving:

Curious George tries different ways to make cards quickly and finally comes up with a plan that works!

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