speech and language teaching concepts for Mister Seahorse in speech therapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/r/ initial
/p/ initial
/thr/ initial
/j/ initial (gently)
/st/ medial and final
/er/ final
/s/ initial and final
/sw/ initial
/ch/ final
/l/ initial
/pl/ medial



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

Mister Seahorse

By Eric Carle

When Mrs. Seahorse lays her eggs, she does it on Mr. Seahorse’s belly! She knows he will take good care of them. While he swims waiting for the eggs to hatch, he meets other underwater fathers caring for their babies.

This colorful repetitive ocean book can be used in speech therapy to address a wide variety of speech sounds, including /r/, /er/, /air/, /dr/, /st/, /l/, and /ch/. It is also great for targeting sequencing and prepositional phrases. Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Mister Seahorse in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

action sequence

Narrative Concepts:

verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (irregular past tense)
verbs (linguistic)
prepositional phrases
repetitive text​


order of fish Mr. Seahorse runs into


drift, gentle, trumpet fish, reeds, delighted, tilapia, leaf fish, seaweed, stonefish


verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (irregular past tense)
prepositional phrases

Text Features:

repetitive text
“peek-a-boo” pages


How do you think Mister Seahorse and the other dads feel about taking care of their eggs?
How does Mr. Seahorse feel as the baby fish swim away?


What fish do you think he will pass by next?
What do you think they will be doing?
What do you think will happen to the eggs next?


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