using Olive, the Other Reindeer in speech therapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/l/ medial
/v/ final
/r/ initial
/ear/ final
/s/ initial



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

Olive, the Other Reindeer

By Vivian Walsh

Olive is merrily preparing for Christmas when suddenly she realizes “Olive… the other Reindeer… I thought I was a dog. Hmmm, I must be a Reindeer!” So she quickly hops aboard the polar express and heads to the North Pole. And while Santa and the other reindeer are a bit surprised that a dog wants to join the their team, in the end Olive and her unusual reindeer skills are just what Santa and his veteran reindeer team need.

This adorable Christmas book can be used in speech therapy to address sequencing. It is also great for illustration study and for targeting sounds including: /l/ medial, /v/ final, /r/ initial, and /r/ vocalic! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Olive, the Other Reindeer in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

illustration study
verbs (present progressive)
verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (mental state)
complex sentence structure
text features


order of events Olive takes to show Santa she can be a helpful “reindeer”


reported, for instance, curious, clung, twitch, patching, dreaded

Character Analysis:

Olive is a dog who thinks that she is the other reindeer, so she heads to the North Pole to fulfill her duty as a reindeer. Her dog skills come in handy on Christmas eve.

What made Olive think she was a reindeer?

Figurative Language:



verbs (present progressive)
verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (mental state)
complex sentence structure

Text Features:

bold text
large font


What does Santa think about Olive when he first sees her in line?
Why do you think the other reindeer were staring at Olive?
How did Santa know what to do when Olive barked?


What skills do you think Olive has that will make a good reindeer?
What kind of gift do you think Olive is going to get from Santa?
What do you think might happen next Christmas?

Check out our 17 minute podcast episode, Deep Dive into Using Olive the Other Reindeer in Speech Therapy for more ideas! 

If you are interested in using Olive the Other Reindeer and other Christmas- themed books in speech therapy, then check out these print-&-go cheat sheets. Perfect for when you don’t need a full book companion.