speech and language teaching concepts for pumpkin jack in speech therapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/j/ initial (Jack, jack o’lantern)
/k/ final (Jack)
/p/ initial (pumpkin)
/m/ final (Tim)


life cycle

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

Pumpkin Jack

By Will Hubbell

The first pumpkin Tim ever carved was fierce and funny, and he named it Jack. When Halloween was over and the pumpkin was beginning to rot, Tim set it out in the garden and throughout the weeks he watched it change. By spring, a plant began to grow! Will Hubbell’s gentle story and beautifully detailed illustrations give an intimate look at the cycle of life.

This sweet Halloween and pumpkin-themed book can be used in speech therapy to discuss the life cycle of a pumpkin while targeting sequencing. It is also great for noticing adjectives and mental state verbsDiscover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Pumpkin Jack in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

complex episode

Narrative Concepts:

verbs (mental state)
illustration study


order of the pumpkins life cycle


fierce, deserved, useless, rot, chores, mold, flatter, faded, memory, scraped, sprout, guessed, weeded, lawn, waded

Figurative Language:

metaphors- “made Jack’s face dance on the wall,” “brown ghosts of last summer’s plants”
similies- “searching for green pumpkins like hidden treasures,” “as limp as wet paper”


verbs (mental state)


How do you think Tim feels when he finds a pumpkin?
Why do you think he ran to show his mom?
How do you think Tim felt when he saw that the frost had coated the garden?


What do you think the tiny sprout is?
What change do you think Tim was hoping for?

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