using Too Many Carrots in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/k/ initial
/r/ initial
/r/ vocalic
/air/ medial

Themes:

spring
sharing
friendship
helping others

Book Details:

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

Too Many Carrots

By Katy Hudson

Rabbit loves carrots and that's a big problem! In this phenomenal bestseller, Rabbit loves carrots a little too much. In fact, his carrots are crowding him out of his cozy burrow. When his friends offer to help, they're just asking for trouble, a lot of trouble! This charming and lovingly illustrated children's book, by acclaimed author Katy Hudson (A Loud Winter's Nap and Bear and Duck), shows how friendships get us over the rough spots in life, even if the going gets a little bumpy. Too Many Carrots is the perfect springtime, Eastertime, and anytime gift.

This cute spring book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like sharing. It is also great for sequencing, predicting, problem solving, and linguistic verbs as well as for targeting /k/ and /r/ sounds! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Too Many Carrots in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

vocabulary
sequencing

theme/message
predicting

figurative language
problem solving
illustration study
social/emotional
character analysis
adjectives
verbs (linguistic)​
verbs (regular past tense)
text features

Sequencing:

order of animals that try to help and offer rabbit a place to stay

Vocabulary:

trespassing, collection, burrowed, perhaps, hauled, bewildered, offered, told, suggested, said, replied, groaned, whimpered, grumbled, called, yelled, cried

Character Analysis:

Rabbit was very focused on storing his beloved carrots. He did not pay attention to how his friends were getting frustrated. Rabbit finally realizes that it’s better to share his carrots with friends than collect them.

Social/Emotional:

facial expressions and reactions to Rabbit when he keeps bringing his carrots
emotions tied to the speech tags
sharing
thinking of others before yourself

Figurative Language:

onomatopoeias

Grammar:

adjectives
verbs (linguistic)
verbs (regular past tense)

Text Features:

moving text
dialogue
exclamation marks
large text
change in font
capitals

Predicting:

What do you think Rabbit’s problem might be?
How do you think Rabbit will solve his problem?
What do you think will happen when Tortoise and Rabbit squeeze in?
What do you think will happen when they squeeze in the bird’s nest?
What animal do you think will offer next?
What do you think will happen in the treehouse?
What do you think will happen to Beaver’s house?
How do you think Rabbit will solve the problem?

Problem Solving:

Rabbit tries to bring all of his carrots with him when his friends offer to let him stay with them but he destroys their homes in the process.

If you are interested in using Too Many Carrots in speech therapy, then check out the book companion with the full lesson plans and activities.

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