speech and language teaching concepts for The Brave Little Crab in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/kr/ initial
/b/ final
/s/ initial
/v/ final


helping others

Book Details:

Diverse Characters: N/A
Age Recommendation: Early Childhood

The Brave Little Crab

By Beth Costanzo

Because he is missing his front right claw, The Little Crab feels different from the other crabs. They make fun of him and call him names. Until one special day, when he gets to prove his worth by performing a daring act of bravery that earns him the admiration and respect of his community. Join The Brave Little Crab as he and his fellow crabs learn that it doesn’t matter what you look like on the outside, it’s what’s on the inside that counts. The thing that makes you different can be the very thing that makes you great!

This sweet rhyming ocean book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like acceptance. It is also great for noticing character expressions and for targeting vocabulary as well as for /kr/, /b/, /s/ and /v/ sounds! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using The Brave Little Crab in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

illustration study​
verbs (action)
verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (irregular past tense)
phonological awareness​


bear, hurricane, entangled, coast, reeds, hope, snarled, kelp, worried, upset, panic, braced, catapulted, courage, grateful, delighted, rare, dwell


The crab’s learn to accept the little crab and little crab learns to be proud of himself and his differences.


verbs (action)
verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (irregular past tense)

Phonological Awareness:



How was the little crab different than the others?
Why did the other kids laugh at him?
Why was it hard for him to bear being alone?
How did the little crab feel?
How did the crab that was stuck feel?
How did the crab’s friends feel?
What did they think about the little crab?
Why do you think the little crab didn’t dwell on his situation?


Who do you think will come and save the crab?
Do you think they will let the little crab help?
How do you think the crab will save him?