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

/w/ initial
/v/ final
/s/ initial
/g/ medial
/l/ final



Book Details:
Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Elementary


By Suzy Lee

In this evocative wordless book, internationally acclaimed artist Suzy Lee tells the story of a little girl’s day at the beach. Stunning in their simplicity, Lee’s illustrations, in just two shades of watercolor, create a vibrant story full of joy and laughter.

This brave summer and ocean book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like overcoming your fears. It is also great for noticing character expressions and for predicting as well as for sounds including: /w/, /v/, /s/, /g/, and /l/! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Wave in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:


Narrative Concepts:

inferencing  ​
illustration study​


The little girl learns to enjoy the waves and not let the big waves scare her anymore.


How do you think she feels about the ocean?
Why does she have her foot up and her back to the water?
Why are the seagulls going away?
What are they trying to tell the waves?
How does she feel when she backs away a little bit?
How does the water feel as it backs away?
How do they feel in the water?
Why did she run back again?
How does she feel as she sticks her tongue out?
How does she feel once she’s all wet?
How does she feel at the end?


What do you think she will do at the beach?
What do you think she will do next?
What do you think is happening in the crease of the book?
Do you think she will finally go in?
What do you think the big wave is trying to do?
What do you think she will do as the wave gets bigger?
Do you think she’s ok?
What do you think she found?
Who do you think she’s showing her treasure to?
What do you think she will do before she goes home?

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