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

/s/ initial
/l/ medial
/v/ medial


being yourself
embracing change

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


By Jennifer Sattler

Meet a flamingo of a different stripe. When all-too-curious Sylvie learns that the reason she is pink is because of her diet, she decides to do a little experimenting! At first, Sylvie likes trying out different colors and patterns, but ultimately she learns the valuable lesson that sometimes it’s best to just be yourself.

This adorable book can be used in speech therapy to target sequencing and predicting. This book is also great for discussing a clever ending and describing, as well as targeting /s/, /l/, /v/ sounds! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Sylvie in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

action sequence

Narrative Concepts:

character analysis
illustration study


order of items Sylvie eats and colors she turns


 flamingo, shrimp, nibble, palm leaves, bouquet, paisley, pattern, stripes, spots

Character Analysis:

Sylvie experiments with different looks by turning herself different colors. She has fun until her stomach starts to hurt and she doesn’t “feel herself” anymore. In the end, Sylvie turns back to pink with a fun added flair!


verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (irregular past tense)
verbs mental state


What do you think Sylvie is thinking when Mama says they are pink because they eat shrimp?
What do you think Sylvie’s idea is?
Why do you think she doesn’t feel like herself?
What do you think her family will say when they see her?
Why do you think she ate a little dessert at the end?


What do you think will happen when she nibbles on the palm leaves, grapes etc.?
What do you think she will eat next?
What do you think Sylvie will do next?
What do you think she will do to feel like herself again?