speech and language teaching concepts for Mr. Gumpy's Outing in speech therapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/g/ initial
/m/ initial and medial
/st/ medial
/er/ final



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

Mr. Gumpy’s Outing

By John Burningham

Mr. Gumpy lives by a river. One sunny day he decides to take a ride in his small boat. It is such a perfect idea, for such a perfect summer day, that he soon has company: first the children, then the rabbit, the cat, the dog, the pig, the sheep, the chickens, and still others until– Mr. Gumpy’s outing comes to an inevitable but not unhappy, conclusion.

This cute Summer book can be used in speech therapy to target predicting and sequencing. It is also great for focusing on different types of verbs (action, irregular and regular past tense, and present tense). Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Mr. Gumpy’s Outing in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

action sequence

Narrative Concepts:

illustration study
verbs (action)
verbs (present tense)
verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (irregular past tense)
repetitive text


order of animals that asked to ride in Mr. Gumpy’s boat


river, squabble, ride, chase, tease, bleat, muck, trample


verbs (action)
verbs (present tense)
verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (irregular past tense)

Text Features:

repetitive text


Will Mr. Gumpy let them into the boat?
What animal will ask to ride next?
What will happen when they all are in the boat?
How will they get out of the water?

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