speech and language teaching concepts for One-Dog Canoe in speech therapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/k/ initial
/n/ medial



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

One-Dog Canoe

By Mary Casanova

When a girl and her dog set out on a canoe trip together, they’re expecting a quiet afternoon for two. Then a beaver decides to join them, even when the girl protests that “It’s a one-dog canoe.” And when a loon, and a wolf, and a bear, and a moose all ask for a ride, it’s almost too much. But they all manage to fit in this one-dog canoe―until a frog comes along. . . .

This silly Summer book can be used in speech therapy to target rhyming and sequencing. It is also great for focusing on inferencing and targeting the following sounds: /k/ and /n/. Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using One-Dog Canoe in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

illustration study
figurative language
verbs (action)
verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (irregular past tense)
phonological awareness
repetitive text


order of animals that wanted in the one-dog canoe


canoe, trip, paddle, loon, bounded, glared, bailed, vessel, scrambled, glided, dew, grin, crew


The animals didn’t listen to the girl saying no, but after the canoe sank, the animals realized that they should have listened in the beginning. Next, the animals help the girl and her dog bail the canoe, so that the she and her dog can resume their time in the canoe.

including others
facial expressions
body language

Figurative Language:

metaphors (ribbons of blue)
similes (like an arrow on the wind)


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

Text Features:

repetitive text

Phonological Awareness:



How do you know that the canoe is weighing down?
How do you think the girl feels about each animal getting in the canoe?
How did the characters feel when they went for a swim?


Do you think all the animals will fit in the canoe? How do you know?
What do they think about the canoe and if it is big enough to hold all the animals?
Who else do you think will want to come in?
What do you think will happen to the canoe?
What do you think the girl and her dog, and the animals will do now?

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.