The Giant Jelly Bean Jar in speech therapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/j/ (“giant,” “jelly,” “jar”)



Book Details:
Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Elementary

The Giant Jelly Bean Jar

By Marcie Aboff

Ben loves jelly beans, and every week he goes to Jo-Jo’s Jelly Bean Shop hoping to guess the riddle that will win him a whole jar full of them.  He always knows the answer to the riddle, but he has never won the prize.  It’s hard to speak out loud in front of so many people, but with a little help from his sister, Ben finally learns to say what he’s thinking.

This fun book can be used to address social/emotional issues like self-confidence. It is also great for noticing character growth and for targeting the /j/ and /l/ sounds! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using The Giant Jelly Bean Jar in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

character analysis


riddle, contest, shy

Character Analysis:

Ben had to overcome being shy to get what he wanted.



Phonological Awareness:

multi-syllabic words
compound words


do you think Ben will ever be confident enough to answer the riddle?

Problem Solving:

Ben has to overcome his shyness to get what he wants.