speech and language teaching concepts for The Chilly Penguin in speech therapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/p/ initial
/g/ medial
/ch/ initial
/or/ medial
/st/ initial
/l/ medial and final



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

The Chilly Penguin

By Constanze V. Kitzing

How can a chilly little penguin get warm? Themes of perseverance, problem-solving and friendship give caregivers and children lots to talk about, while the penguin’s amusing antics and the story’s sweet ending make for a fun storytime for toddlers.

This sweet winter and penguin-themed book can be used in speech therapy to address problem solving and sequencing. It is also great for predicting and for targeting /p/, /g/, /ch, /or/, /st/, and /l/ sounds! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using The Chilly Penguin in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode (inferred plan to get warm)

Narrative Concepts:

problem solving
what questions


order of attempts to get warm


chilly, knit, scarf, fire, ice skating, share, snuggly

Figurative Language:

onomatopoeias (brr, ker-plunk,mmm)


what questions
verbs (action)

Text Features:

bold, enlarged text for emphasis
repetitive text


What should penguin do to get warm?
What should penguin try next?
What does penguin need for a fire?
Do you think he will be warm now?
What do you think will happen to the ice from the fire?
What will he try next?

Problem Solving:

Penguin tries multiple times to get warm but nothing seems to work until the perfect solution at the end!