speech and language teaching concepts for Pumpkin Circle in speech therapy​ ​
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/p/ initial and medial


life cycle

Book Details:
Diverse Characters: N/A
Age Recommendation: Elementary

Pumpkin Circle

By George Levenson

This educational exploration of a pumpkin’s life-cycle is a must for any aspiring scientist or farmer! We can be sure of this: It’s a circle without end. It’s pumpkin seeds to pumpkins to pumpkin seeds again! This treat of a picture book comes cloaked in the colors of fall. Bouncy verse and glowing photographs show a backyard pumpkin patch move through its natural cycle-a bug’s eye and a bird’s high view of seeds sprouting, flowers blooming, bees buzzing, pumpkins growing . . .and then going back to earth.

This rhyming fall and pumpkins book can be used in speech therapy to address figurative language. It is also great for describing and for targeting poetic text as well as for /p/ sounds! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Pumpkin Circle in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

descriptive sequence

Narrative Concepts:

illustration study​
figurative language​
verbs (action)
verbs (present tense)
verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (present progressive)
text features​
phonological awareness​


order of a pumpkins life cycle


pumpkin, seed, plant, scrape, varieties, patch, vines, tendrils, gleaming, velvet, fragrant, harvest, miracle, muck, Mother Nature

Figurative Language:

similes (wind up just like springs, silently as angels, twisty tendrils grasp like hands)
metaphors (
teardrop seeds each one a slippery jewel, orange cave)
personification (sleeping seeds, roots reaching up to dance)


verbs (action)
verbs (present tense)
verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (present progressive)

Text Features:

moving text
poetic lines
author’s note explains how to grow your own pumpkin

Phonological Awareness:


If you are interested in seeing other fall and pumpkin books to use in therapy, then check out the Narrative Teaching Points Book List for a printable copy.