using The Valentine Bears in speech therapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:



Valentine’s Day
caring for someone

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

The Valentine Bears

By Eve Bunting

Mr. and Mrs. Bear have never celebrated St. Valentine’s Day because they hibernate during the winter.

This sweet Valentine’s Day book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues and character analysis like feeling appreciated and caring for someone. It is also great for predicting and for targeting grammar including: adjectives, verbs (regular past tense), and verbs (linguistic), as well as the /air/ sound! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using The Valentine Bears in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:


character analysis
illustration study

verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (linguistic)
phonological awareness​​


order of events Mrs. Bear takes to prepare for her Valentine’s Day surprise


den, snug, secure, settle, instant, tacked, pawed, fine, sleeked, shrugged, hollow, fooled

Character Analysis:

Mrs. Bear tries to make a special Valentine’s Day surprise for Mr. Bear since they are always hibernating. Mrs. Bear won’t let Mr. Bear sleep through it and does what she has to to wake him up. Mrs. Bear in turn gets a surprise and they both feel appreciated at the end.


Why is Mrs. Bear going through the trouble of waking up early, baking, making signs and cards etc?
Why did she splash water on her ears, sleek her head fur and take a long, cold drink?


verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (linguistic)

Phonological Awareness:



How do you think Mr. Bear will feel when he wakes up and sees the sign?
How do you think Mrs. Bear felt when she was ready to wake Mr. Bear up?
What could she be thinking when she sees everything she has put together?
How did she feel when he wouldn’t wake up?
What was she thinking when she went outside?
How did Mrs. Bear feel when she got her surprise?
How do you think they both felt at the end?


Why do you think Mrs. Bear set her alarm for February 14th?
What do you think Mrs. Bear is going to do on February 14th?
What else will she do for Mr. Bear after the sign?
How do you think she will wake Mr. Bear up?
What do you think will happen at the end?

If you are interested in seeing other Valentine’s Day books to use in therapy, then check out the Narrative Teaching Points Book List for a printable copy.