using Hedgehugs and the Hattiepillar in speech therapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/h/ initial
/k/ initial
/l/ medial
/r/ medial (Horace)
/er/ medial and final
/s/ final


caring for someone

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

Hedgehugs and the Hattiepillar

By Steve Wilson

In this sequel to Hedgehugs, Horace and Hattie return for another sweet story of friendship. It’s spring! And everything is colorful―rainbows in the sky and flowers blossoming on trees. When Horace and Hattie Hedgehog see a caterpillar become a butterfly and take flight, they decide to try a transformation of their own. When these two best friends put their minds to solving a problem, nothing can stand in their way!

This clever spring bug themed book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like caring for someone and teamwork. It is also great for predicting and inferencing and for targeting character analysis as well as for describing with adjectives! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Hedgehugs and the Hattiepillar in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

complex episode

Narrative Concepts:


character analysis

illustration study
text features​​


steps Horace and Hattie take to care for the caterpillar and make themselves into beautiful butterflies


blossoms, meadow, interesting, smooth, shiny, stripy, fluttered, nestled, drifted

Character Analysis:

Horace and Hattie learn how it feels to take care of someone and watch them become their own “person”.


Horace and Hattie work together to take care of the caterpillar. They also decide to become beautiful butterflies with a little problem solving and teamwork.



Text Features:

large text
change in text color


How do they feel when they find the interesting thing? How do you know?
How does the caterpillar feel at first?
What did Horace and Hattie think when the leaf was gone?
How did Horace and Hattie feel when watching the little caterpillar open up?
How did they feel at the end?


What do you think they found?
What do you think the caterpillar will do to the leaf?
What do you think is going to happen to the caterpillar?
What do you think is happening as it sleeps?
What do you think his idea will be?
What do you think he wants to be?
What do you think will happen to Horace and Hattie?

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

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