speech and language teaching concepts for trashy town in speech therapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/g/ initial and medial (Gilly and Mr. Gilly)
/l/ medial and final
/tr/ initial
/sh/ medial and final
/st/ initial and medial
/sm/ initial
/th/ initial


community helpers
having a positive attitude

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

Trashy Town

By Andrea Zimmerman and David Clemesha

Meet Mr. Gilly. He cleans up Trashy Town. There’s trash at the pizza parlor, trash at the school, and trash at every house. It’s a big job, but Mr. Gilly does it with a big truck, a big smile, and loads of style. Trashy Town features a rhythmic, repeatable refrain that will have children clamoring for repeat readings. Dynamic art from acclaimed illustrator Dan Yaccarino puts the zip in Mr. Gilly’s stride and adds style and charm to trash collection.

This rhythmic, community helper themed book can be used in speech therapy to address character analysis. It is also great for predicting and sequencing! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Trashy Town in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

character analysis
illustration study
verbs (present progressive)
text features
phonological awareness
repetitive text


order of the places


trashman, gloves, trash, empty, dump, empties, smash, full

Character Analysis:

Mr. Gilly is a trashman. He is seen smiling and waving throughout the book, which makes him appear to be friendly with a good attitude.  He loves to clean up Trashy Town.


verbs (present progressive)- What is                doing?

Text Features:

repetitive text
change in font size and font color
exclamation points
question marks

Phonological Awareness:



Is the trash truck full yet?
Where do you think he will go next?
What’s the last thing that Mr. Gilly will clean?

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

If you are interested in seeing other community helper-themed books to use in therapy, then check out the Themed Narrative Key Teaching Points Book List for a printable copy.