speech and language teaching concepts for If You Ever Want to Bring a Piano to the Beach Don't! in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/p/ initial
/n/ medial
/b/ initial
/ch/ final


unfortunate events

Book Details:

Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Early Childhood, Elementary

If You Ever Want to Bring a Piano to the Beach, Don’t!

By Elise Parsley

If your mom says to get ready to play at the beach, she means with a boat, or a Frisbee, or a shovel. She is NOT talking about the piano. But Magnolia is a little girl with a big idea, determination, and one very heavy upright piano that, she insists, she needs to take with her. What's the worst that can happen? In a riotous series of mishaps, Magnolia quickly learns that–not surprisingly–a piano doesn't mix well with sand, sun, and seagulls!

This quirky ocean book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like dealing with unfortunate events. It is also great for noticing character expressions and for targeting character analysis as well as for sequencing and describing! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using If You Ever Want to Bring a Piano to the Beach, Don't! in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

character analysis
illustration study
verbs (action)
text features


order of events when she brings the piano to the beach

Character Analysis:

The girl learns that even though things might not always go as planned, you never know what might happen instead.


facial expressions
looking on the bright side


verbs (action)

Text Features:

bold text
change in text size


What would your caretaker think if you wanted to bring a piano to the beach?
Why would you tell her “cross your heat”?
How does the mom feel about dragging the piano?
Why is the mom pointing down at the wagon?
How does she feel about sharing her sandwich with the seagulls?
How does she feel when the piano floats away?
How does she feel as she casts the fishing line?
How does she feel when she gets the shell? Why?


What are some things we could play with at the beach?
How do you think she will get the piano to the beach?
What do you think will happen to the piano at the beach?
How will she clean the piano after the seagulls?
What do you think will happen when she tries to clean the piano in the water?
How do you think she will get it back?
What do you think could make her feel better?
What do you think she will reel in?