One of my all-time favorite board books, Sheep in a Jeep perfectly blends short rhymes ( pre -literacy skill) with short sentences and fabulous rhythm. The adorable pictures and amusing story make this a true winner. But to top it off, it introduces higher-level vocabulary into a seemingly toddler story, making this board book good for many ages. I think it is much better than the other “sheep” books.
I can recite this story from memory, in my sleep, while doing somersaults. It’s that good. 😉
Speech Therapy ideas:
1. Great book for practicing rhyming. Find all the – eep words. Have your child guess what word will come next. Think of other – eep words.
2. Some children have difficulties with final consonant sounds in their speech. Practice final /p/ with a big puff of air to over-emphasize the final sound on each of the rhymes.
3. If you child can sometimes, but not always, produce the “sh” sounds, talk about what the sheep are doing with good “sh”.
4. This book is full of action. Describe what is happening or what happened using good ” ing ” verbs or past tense verbs.
5. Learn some new vocabulary. After reading how the sheep “weep”, have everyone start dramatically crying. The jeep is for sale “cheap”. What does that mean? The sheep “leap”. Start leaping around the room.
6. Retell the story using as much descriptive language as possible.