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

/fr/ initial
/p/ initial
/r/ initial
/g/ final



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


By Rodrigo Folgueira

A group of frogs are living happily in a peaceful pond, until they discover a surprise visitor: a little pink pig. Sitting contentedly on a rock in the middle of their pond, the pig opens his mouth and says: RIBBIT! The frogs are bewildered at first, and then a bit annoyed—”What did that little pig just say?”, “Does he think he’s a frog?”, “Is he making fun of us?” Soon the pig draws the attention of all the nearby animals; everyone is curious to know what he wants! After much guessing (and shouting) and a visit to the wise old beetle, the animals realize that perhaps the pig was not there to mock them afterall—maybe he just wanted to make new friends!  But is it too late?  

This funny and beautifully illustrated pond book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional concepts, inferencing and predicting. It is also great for discussing the theme of friendship and targeting /fr/, /p/, /r/ and /g/ sounds. Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Ribbit in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

illustration study
verbs (linguistic)
text features


surprise, serious, visitor, spread, chief, explain, news, wise, confused, relative


Pig is trying to fit in with the frogs but the frogs are confused by pig and think he is making fun of them. When the frogs go to the wisest one, he helps them realize that maybe pig was looking for a place to feel included. At the end, all the animals join the tweeting pig and become friends.


verbs (linguistic)

Text Features:

change in text size
exclamation marks
question marks


What did the frogs think about the pig?
What did the other animals think about him?
Why do you think a pig would want to be a frog?
What did the other animals think about being a frog?
How did the frogs feel?
Why did the pig say “tweet”?
Why did the animals join him at the end?
How did they feel at the end?


Who do you think the visitor is?
What do you think the wise old beetle will do?
What do you think the little pig will say?
What do you think they will see when they get back to the pond?
Where do you think he went?
What do you think the pig is doing in the tree?

Check out our podcast episode, Deep Dive into Using Ribbit! and Dude! in Speech Therapy for more ideas! We discuss Ribbit! for the first 18 minutes.

If you are interested in using Ribbit! and other pond- themed books in speech therapy, then check out these print-&-go cheat sheets. Perfect for when you don’t need a full book companion.