speech and language teaching concepts for Gorilla Loves Vanilla in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/fl/ initial
/v/ initial and medial
/er/ final
/s/ initial
/kr/ initial



Book Details:

Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Early Childhood, Elementary

Gorilla Loves Vanilla

By Chae Strathie

When the animals visit Little Sam Sundae's ice cream shop on Jellybean Street they have some unusual requests. Sam whips up blue cheese sundae for Mouse and a worm cornet for Hen. Finally, it's Gorilla's turn to order but all he wants is plain old vanilla. Licking their lips, the other animals realize that Gorilla has made the best choice, after all. Luckily for them, gorillas love sharing!

This funny rhyming summer book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like being accepting of others choices and sharing. It is also great for describing with adjectives and for targeting a variety of sounds including: /fl/, /v/, /er/, /s/, and /kr/! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Gorilla Loves Vanilla in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

character analysis​
illustration study​
text features​
phonological awareness​


order of flavors the animals get


beam, zing, dashed, squeaked, blue cheese, scrumplious, rustled, gleefully, revolting, request

Character Analysis:

Sam fulfills all the animals requests even when their flavors sound gross.


Sam is kind to all the animals as they order a variety of flavors and gorilla shared with everyone.



Text Features:

change in text size

Phonological Awareness:


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