speech and language teaching concepts for My Awesome Summer by P. Mantis in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/st/ initial
/sk/ initial
/r/ blends (brother, grew, cricket, praying)



Book Details:

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

My Awesome Summer by P. Mantis

By Paul Meisel

This is the diary of P. Mantis, one of 150 brothers and sisters born on a garden bush. P. Mantis is an amazing bug: she can make herself look like a stick to hide from predators, she can swivel her head all the way around, and when she's grown up she'll even be able to fly! In dated journal entries P. Mantis describes the entirety of her life, sharing the fun and beauty of her world as well its little ups and downs (“I ate one of my brothers. Okay, maybe two”). Colorful, bold art helps illustrate the different stages of the mantis life cycle, and the engaging, narrative text is paired with more detailed information about praying mantises on the heavily-illustrated endpapers.

This informative summer and bugs book can be used in speech therapy to address sequencing and diary structure. It is also great for character analysis and for describing as well as for /st/, /sk/, and /r/ blend sounds! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using My Awesome Summer by P. Mantis in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

action sequence

Narrative Concepts:

character analysis
illustration study
verbs (action)
negation (can’t, don’t)
text features



order of events that the praying mantis takes to survive summer into fall and from being born to having babies


born, birthday, crowded, eggs, egg case, praying mantis, aphids, trick, shed, explore, stick, pipsqueak, insects, foam

Character Analysis:

The baby praying mantis grows and learns to fly, taking each day at a time as she navigates her new world and the obstacles in it.


verbs (action)
negation (can’t, don’t)

Text Features:

diary entries
facts page

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