speech and language teaching concepts for My Awesome Summer by P. Mantis in speech therapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/st/ initial
/sk/ initial
/r/ blends (br, gr, pr, kr, tr)


life cycle

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

illustration study
negation (can’t, don’t, not)
text features
point of view



order of P. Mantis’ life (praying mantis was born on a bush in spring, she eats, she grows, she sheds her skin, she grows wings, a chill is in the air, she is no longer hungry, she finds the bush where she was born, she lays eggs, she surrounds the eggs with foam, the foam hardens and becomes a sac, she falls asleep)


born, birthday, crowded, eggs, egg case, praying mantis, aphids, trick, shed, explore, stick, pipsqueak, insects, foam, shade, chill, hardened, razor, pretend

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)
point of view

Text Features:

diary entries
facts page

If you are interested in using My Awesome Summer by P. Mantis and other bug-themed books in speech therapy, then check out these print-&-go cheat sheets. Perfect for when you don’t need a full book companion. 

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