using Turkey Claus in speech therapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/er/ medial
/k/ initial and medial
/s/ initial
/g/ initial
/f/ initial
/j/ initial (just)
/sh/ initial
/st/ medial and final
/l/ initial and medial



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

Turkey Claus

By Wendi Silvano

Turkey needs Santa’s help so he won’t be eaten for Christmas dinner. Turkey is in trouble. Again. He made it through Thanksgiving without becoming a turkey dinner, but now it’s almost Christmas, and guess what’s on the menu? Turkey decides the only thing to do is to ask Santa for help. He sets off for the North Pole, but getting in to see Santa at Christmastime isn’t as easy as Turkey expected. It’s going to take all his ideas—and his clever disguises—to find a way into Santa’s house. After many hilarious attempts, Turkey comes up with the perfect disguise, and Santa has the perfect solution! In this holiday treat, a companion to Turkey Trouble, Wendi Silvano’s story is once again matched with the watercolor artwork of Lee Harper.

This funny Christmas book can be used in speech therapy to address problem-solving skills and story sequencing skills. It is also great for illustration study and for targeting the /er/, /k/, and /s/ sounds as well! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Turkey Claus in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

character analysis
illustration study
verbs (linguistic)
problem solving
repetitive text
compare and contrast


the order of disguises Turkey tried


late, idea, busy, village, groaned, allowed, recognize, wish, disguise

Character Analysis:

Turkey is determined and creative to find Santa and ask for help.


verbs (linguistic)

Text Features:

ellipses for emphasis
italics for emphasis
repetitive text


how will Turkey disguise himself next?

Problem Solving:

Turkey had to find a way to speak with Santa in order to ask for help with avoiding being the main course for Christmas dinner.

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