speech and language teaching concepts for I Went Walking in speech therapy​
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/w/ initial
/l/ initial
/s/ initial
/ing/ final



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

I Went Walking

By Sue Williams

I went walking.
What did you see?
I saw a black cat
Looking at me.
These catchy stanzas frolic through the Australian author Sue Williams’s simple, funny read-aloud picture book that tracks a crazy-haired boy’s stroll through the countryside. The boy sees a black cat, then a brown horse, then a red cow, and so on, and before he knows it, he’s being trailed by the entire menagerie! The Australian illustrator Julie Vivas brings the parade to life in lovely, lively watercolors—when the pink pig looks at the boy, for example, the boy sprays off his muddy body with a hose. Big type, repetition, friendly art, clean design—and the visual guessing game created by introducing each animal only partially at first—make this beloved tale a winner at story time.

This cute animal-themed book can be used in speech therapy to target predicting and describing. It is also great for addressing “What” questions. Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using I Went Walking in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

action sequence

Narrative Concepts:

verbs (regular and irregular past tense)
verbs (action)
text features
repetitive text
illustration study
phonological awareness


order of animals that the little boy saw when he went walking


walking, following, animals (cat, horse, cow, etc), looking


adjectives (colors)
verbs (action)
verbs (irregular and regular past tense)
WH questions (what)

Text Features:

repetitive text

Phonological Awareness:



What animal will the little boy see next?

The illustrations are great for predicting what animal will be on the next page based on the clues the illustrator gives.

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