using The Hallo-Wiener in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/r/ vocalic
/s/ medial


  • bullying
  • kindness
  • courage
  • acceptance

Book Details:

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

The Hallo-Wiener

By Dave Pilkey

Oscar is a little dog with a big problem — he gets more tricks than treats because other dogs tease him all the time. But one brave act on Halloween makes Oscar a Grade-A hero, proving that a little wiener can be a real winner!

This is the perfect book to use at Halloween time when working on character analysis, social-emotional concepts like bullying. High frequency sounds like medial /s/ and final /er/. Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using The Hallo-Wiener in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complex episode

Narrative Concepts:

character analysis
social/emotional concepts


dashed, hounded, ornery, ghastly, brave, shore, etc.

Character Analysis:

Oscar was teased because of his size and shape, however he earned the favor of his friends by helping them.

  • Oscar was teased
  • Oscar was embarrassed
  • Oscar wanted to please his mother
  • Oscar helped the other dogs even though they were unkind to him
Figurative Language:



verbs (actions)
speech tags
prepositional phrases

Text Features:
  • text in illustrations
  • use of all CAPS for emphasis
  • italics
  • quotation marks
  • exclamation points to show emphasis

If you are interested in using The Hallo-Wiener in speech therapy, then check out
the book companion with the full lesson plans and activities.