using Pete The Cat: The Great Leprechaun Chase in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/l/ initial
/kl/ initial
/p/ initial
/k/ initial


St. Patrick’s Day
helping others

Book Details:

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

Pete The Cat: The Great Leprechaun Chase

By James Dean

It's St. Patrick's Day, and it's also the grand opening of Pete the Cat's leprechaun catching business. Pete gears up to trap a leprechaun for his friends! But catching a leprechaun is never easy—especially if it’s Clover, who's full of tricks. Will luck be on Pete’s side? Or will Pete learn luck is actually something earned?

This playful spring and St. Patrick's Day book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like being there for your friends and helping others. It is also great for sequencing, problem solving and for targeting /l/, /kl/, /p/, and/k/ sounds! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Pete The Cat: The Great Leprechaun Chase in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complex structure

Narrative Concepts:

problem solving
character analysis
phonological awareness
text features
prepositional phrases
verbs (action)
verbs (present tense)


order of attempts to catch Clover the leprechaun

Character Analysis:

Pete really wants to help his friends achieve their goals, so he sets out to find each one of them some luck by catching a leprechaun. He is clever and perseveres until he finally catches Clover the Leprechaun. After he catches Clover, he learns that he doesn’t need a leprechaun to help his friends because they have each other. Pete then proceeds to helping each one of his friends achieve their goals.


Pete learns that luck doesn’t come from leprechauns but rather from friends having each other’s backs and helping each other.


prepositional phrases
verbs (action)
verbs (present tense)

Text Features:

colored font
exclamation points

Phonological Awareness:


Problem Solving:

Pete tries multiple attempts to catch leprechaun so he can give others some good luck then realizes he can help his friends instead.

If you are interested in using Pete The Cat: The Great Leprechaun Chase in speech therapy, then check out the book companion with the full lesson plans and activities.

If you are interested in seeing other St. Patrick’s Day books to use in therapy, then check out the Seasonal Teaching Points Book List for a printable copy.