speech and language teaching concepts for The Lion and the Mouse in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/l/ initial
/m/ initial
/s/ final

Themes:

kindness
bravery

Book Details:

Diverse Characters: N/A
Age Recommendation: Elementary, Late Elementary, Middle School

The Lion and the Mouse

By Jerry Pinkney

In award-winning artist Jerry Pinkney's wordless adaptation of one of Aesop's most beloved fables, an unlikely pair learn that no act of kindness is ever wasted. After a ferocious lion spares a cowering mouse that he'd planned to eat, the mouse later comes to his rescue, freeing him from a poacher's trap. With vivid depictions of the landscape of the African Serengeti and expressively-drawn characters, Pinkney makes this a truly special retelling, and his stunning pictures speak volumes.

This riveting kindness themed book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like acts of bravery and personality changes. It is also great for noticing character expressions and for targeting onomatopoeias as well as for predicting! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using The Lion and the Mouse in speech therapy below. 

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

wordless

Narrative Concepts:

theme/message
sequencing
illustration study
inferencing
figurative language
social/emotional
predicting ​​

Sequencing:

order of events that leads to mouse saving lion’s life

Social/Emotional:

Lion and mouse are total opposites. Lion is the king of the jungle who gets captured. Lion gets a taste of his own medicine, feeling what it’s like to be trapped like he once did to the mouse. While mouse is small, he has great determination for saving lion’s life even after lion tried to eat him. In the end, mouse helps lion and lion has to overcome his animal nature and not prey on the mouse.

Figurative Language:

onomatopoeias (whooo, sereech, grrr, squeak etc.)

Inferencing:

What is the mouse thinking as the owl approaches?
How does the mouse feel when he stops running from the owl?
Where does he think he is?
Why did the mouse squeak and the lion say grrr?
What is the lion thinking when the mouse is in his paw?
How does the mouse feel when he gets caught?
What is the lion thinking when the mouse runs away?
Who are those men?
How does the lion feel when he is captured?
What is the mouse trying to say to the lion now?
How do you think the lion felt at the end?

Predicting:

Who do you think the story will be about?
What do you think they will do?
Who do you think the mouse hears?
What do you think the owl wants?
Where do you think the mouse is now?
What’s that bushy brown thing?
What do you think the mouse will do next?
Is that a good idea?
Who does the mouse hear now?
What do you think the men want?
How do you think they will capture the lion?
Do you think the mouse will help the lion escape?
How do you think he will help?
What would you do?
Do you think the lion will try to eat the mouse anyway?