using Stumpkin in Speech Therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/l/
/st/

Themes:

acceptance
Halloween

illustration study – facial expressions

Book Details:

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

Stumpkin

By Lucy Ruth Cummins

Stumpkin is the most handsome pumpkin on the block. He’s perfectly orange and round. He’s the perfect choice for a Halloween jack-o-lantern. There’s just one problem—Stumpkin has a stump, not a stem. And no one seems to want a stemless jack-o-lantern for their window. As Halloween night approaches, more and more of his fellow pumpkins leave, but poor Stumpkin remains. Read this story to find out if Stumpkin is finally chosen.

Stumpkin is such a sweet Halloween book that can be used to address social/emotional issues like acceptance. It is also great for noticing character expressions and for targeting comparing and contrasting as well as for describing! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Stumpkin in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

illustration study

Vocabulary:

ruined, stump, plenty, thrilled, shopkeeper, etc.

Social/Emotional:

facial expressions
concern/worry
feeling discouraged
acceptance

Grammar:

adjectives
verbs

Predicting:

What do you think will happen to Stumpkin on Halloween when the Shopkeeper carries him off?

If you are interested in using Stumpkin in speech therapy, then check out the book companion with the full lesson plans and activities.