speech and language teaching concepts for Pumpkin Town! in speech therapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/p/ initial
/g/ medial
/j/ initial (Gerald)
/air/ medial
/th/ initial
/nk/ final
/y/ initial (you)


being thankful

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

The Thank You Book

By Mo Willems

Gerald is careful. Piggie is not.
Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can.
Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to.
Gerald and Piggie are best friends.

In The Thank You Book!, Piggie wants to thank EVERYONE. But Gerald is worried Piggie will forget someone . . . someone important

This fun Thanksgiving book can be used in speech therapy to target predicting. This book is also great for discussing text features and noticing body language, as well as targeting /p/, /g/, /j/, /air/, /th/, /nk/ and /y/ sounds! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using The Thank You Book in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

illustration study
text features


order of animals Piggy thanks for specific reasons


thankful, appreciate, grateful

Character Analysis:

Gerald is worried that Piggy will forget to thank someone important but Piggy insists that he will not. In the end, they work together to thank the reader for sticking with them. 

Text Features:

exclamation marks
question marks
thought bubbles
speech bubbles
bold text


What does Gerlad think about Piggie’s plan?
How does Gerlad feel at the beginning, middle and end?

Notice Gerald’s expressions and body language.
Notice Piggy’s expressions and body language.


Do you think Piggy will forget someone?
Who do you think Piggy will forget?
What do you think she will say to each animal?
Who do you think Gerlad is talking about?