speech and language teaching concepts for there was a young rabbi: a Hanukkah tale in speech therapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/r/ initial and medial
/sh/ initial



Book Details:
Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Early Childhood, Elementary

There Was a Young Rabbi: A Hanukkah Tale

By Suzanne Wolfe

Hanukkah is a very busy time! Join the young rabbi as she makes festive preparations―spinning the dreidel, cooking a tasty meal, lighting the menorah, and more―in this cumulative, rhyming story reminding readers of the Hanukkah miracle of long ago!

This cumulative Hanukkah-themed book can be used in speech therapy to address sequencing and rhyming. The repetitive text will encourage students to join in. It is also great for targeting irregular past tense verbs. Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using There Was A Young Rabbi: A Hanukkah Tale in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

action sequence
cumulative tale

Narrative Concepts:

repetitive text
phonological awareness
verbs (irregular past tense)


order of the young rabbi’s activities


miracle, oil, rabbi, treat, risk, weighed, melt


verbs (irregular past tense)

Phonological Awareness:


If you are interested in seeing other Hanukkah books to use in therapy, then check out the Seasonal Teaching Points Book List for a printable copy