speech and language teaching concepts for Pete The Cat Firefighter Pete in speech therapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/f/ initial
/ire/ medial and final
/er/ final
/z/ final
/p/ initial


fire safety

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

Pete The Cat: Firefighter Pete

By James Dean

In Pete the Cat: Firefighter Pete from New York Times bestselling author and artist James Dean, Pete and his classmates are excited about their field trip to the firehouse. They get to slide down the pole, meet all the brave firefighters, and even try on their helmets and gear. But when the alarm goes off, it’s time for Pete to jump on the fire truck, grab the hose, and help the firefighters save the day!

This fun fire safety-themed book can be used in speech therapy to address event sequencing. It is also great for noticing text features and adjectives! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Pete The Cat: Firefighter Pete in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

figurative language​
text features​
multisyllabic words


order of events of Pete and the class visiting the firehouse and the rescue they went on


firehouse, equipment, glides, gear, explore, siren, scramble, hydrant

Figurative Language:

onomatopoeias (ring, wheeee, wooo-eeeee! wooo-eeeee!, brrrrrrrrt!)



Text Features:

large font with bold text to show onomatopeias

Phonological Awareness:

multisyllabic words (firefighter, firehouse, equipment, fire engine, overalls)


Will Pete and the firefighters be able to put out the fire?
Will they be able to rescue Grumpy Toad off the roof?

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