speech and language teaching concepts for The Girl and the Bicycle in speech therapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/g/ initial (girl)
/er/ medial and final (girl, brother)
/l/ final (bicycle)
/b/ initial (bicycle)
/s/ medial (bicycle)
/k/ medial and final (bicycle, bike)
/br/ initial (brother)
/th/ medial (brother)



Book Details:
Diverse Characters: N/A
Age Recommendation: Elementary

The Girl and the Bicycle

By Mark Pett

A little girl sees a shiny new bicycle in the shop window. She hurries home to see if she has enough money in her piggy bank, but when she comes up short, she knocks on the doors of her neighbors, hoping to do their yardwork. They all turn her away except for a kindly old woman. The woman and the girl work through the seasons, side by side. They form a tender friendship. When the weather warms, the girl finally has enough money for the bicycle. She runs back to the store, but the bicycle is gone! What happens next shows the reward of hard work and the true meaning of generosity.

This sweet wordless picture book can be used in speech therapy to target problem solving, character analysis and predicting. It is also great for noticing character expressions and for sequencing! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using The Girl and the Bicycle in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

problem solving
character analysis


order of jobs the girl takes to buy the bike

Character Analysis:

The girl is determined and works hard to earn money for a new bike. She demonstrates persistence and is reliable when working for the old woman. The old woman is kind and selfless when she buys the girl the bike in the end.


Why is the bike colored?
Why is she pulling the boy?
Why is the girl taking care of the boy?
Why is the girl sitting with her knees to her chest?
What do you think she is thinking about?
Why is she going from house to house?
How does she feel as she is counting up her money?
Why are they running?
How does she feel when she sees that the bike is gone?
Why did she get her brother the bike?
How does she feel watching him ride the bike?
Why is the woman waving the girl over to her?
How do the girl and woman feel at the end?


What do you think the girl wants on the front cover?
Who do you think the girl is?
Who do you think the boy is?
What do you think the girl is going to do with the rake?
Who do you think that woman is?
What other chores do you think the girl will do to earn some money?
Do you think the bike will still be there?
Look in the window. What do you think she might buy instead?
What do you think the woman wants to show the girl?

Problem Solving:

The girl really wants a new bicycle. She comes up with a plan to make the money for it. She also has to come up with her new plan when she realizes someone already bought the bike she wanted. ​