speech and language teaching concepts for Strictly No Elephants in speech therapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/f/ medial
/l/ medial
/fr/ initial ​


back to school

Book Details:
Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Early Childhood, Elementary

Strictly No Elephants

By Lisa Mantchev

Today is Pet Club day. There will be cats and dogs and fish, but strictly no elephants are allowed. The Pet Club doesn’t understand that pets come in all shapes and sizes, just like friends. Now it is time for a boy and his tiny pet elephant to show them what it means to be a true friend.

This friendly kindness and back to school themed book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like making friends and being included. It is also great for noticing character expressions and for predicting as well as for /f/, /l/, and /fr/ sounds! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Strictly No Elephants in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

character analysis
illustration study


quite, thoughtful, coax, brave, mention, agree, certain, directions, friends

Character Analysis:

The boy and elephant have a great relationship where they help each other out when help is needed while recognizing when we have to be brave to not be a burden. They also learn that there is always someone out there that wants to be a friend!


The boy, elephant, girl and skunk rally together to make a club where everyone is welcome after being excluded.


What do you think it would be like to have an elephant as a pet?
What do you think others think about his pet?
Why do you think no one else has an elephant as a pet?
How do you think his elephant acts?
How else do “friends lift each other over the cracks”?
How do the others feel about his pet?
Why do you think he doesn’t mind the cracks now?
How do they feel as they walk home?
Why do you think they didn’t want to let the skunk in either?
What was the boy trying to do when he told her they didn’t know any better?
How do they all feel at the end?


What are some things he could do with his pet?
What do you think he will do to when elephant doesn’t like the cracks?
What do you think will happen when he shows up with elephant on Pet Club Day?
What do you think the sign says?
What do you think the boy and girl could do together?
Who else do you think might join their club?

If you are interested in using Strictly No Elephants in speech therapy, then check out the book companion with the full lesson plans and activities.

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