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To honor my sweetie, on this Valentine’s week, I let him choose my Marvelous Monday book.

Being the graphic novel geek that he is, he chose a book rich with illustrative narrative. In fact, the book is basically a wordless picture book, except for the occasional current time appearing (a la 24). He was also drawn to the fact that it won a Caldecott Medal and The Best of 1991″ by 2 different parenting magazines. He did not know it, but he may have honoring the life of a little girl as well.

What happens when one Tuesday night, hundreds of lily pads and frogs rise from a pond and fly through town? A lot of confusion… And one heck of a ride!

Speech Therapy Ideas:
1. Wordless picture books are perfect for telling and re-telling. Work on characters, setting, events, conclusion.

2. Describe pictures with as much detail as possible. Play “I Spy” on different pages of book.

3. This book is ideal for speculating. Why do you think the frogs began to fly? Why did they watch tv? What do you think will happen next?

4. Work on articulation. There are ample opportunities for “l” practice (lily pad) and “r” blends “frogs”.

5. Finally, create a wonderful story out of this book. Make it richer and more elaborate every time you tell the story. Have the child add to the story each time they tell it as well, and share the story with siblings, aunts, grandparents, friends, etc.

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  1. I used this book quite foten in third and fourth grade for creative writing. great pic!

  2. I quite enjoy wordless picture books. I haven’t come across very many. There’s one at our library about two possums, and my girls love to tell me how the story goes.

  3. We have had that book for about 5 years and until recently, I didn’t understand why it was an award winner. After attending a Partners in Print event at school, I found out why it is so good for kids.

  4. I love this book. I am so going to try some of your tips. Thanks

  5. Never seen this one.
    Love the ideas. Can’t wait to try it with my boys.

  6. Remember how I talked about the fact that one day I might have a speech delayed child? I have two!

    I’ve already ordered several of the books you recommended.

    Bless you!


  7. It’s funny, my grandson just had his visit with the speech therapist today. ๐Ÿ™‚ He will be two in a couple of weeks and although he has great comprehension of words he doesn’t speak yet. Only like 5-10 words. ๐Ÿ™ She asked what he calls me and I had to say that he doesn’t call me anything yet.

  8. Thanks for the recommendation. This sounds like the exact sort of book I look for to read with Daniel.

  9. This is such an ingenious idea to feature the books.

  10. I don’t do enough speculating with the Tongginator. Way to convict me, CC. (And don’t be mad about the Christmas card thing. Please.)

  11. I absolutely LOVE this book! It’s one of my favorites and I bought it long before I had kids. Makes me wanna start daydreaming right now.

  12. I love getting new books…this one sounds great!

  13. I love David Weisner! I have one of his books and I LOVE the pictures. We’ll have to check out some of his books at the library.

  14. I’ve read this one but it’s been so long, I can hardly remember it. I’ll have to go back and find it! Thanks for sharing!

    Happy V-Day!

  15. We have this book and it is a fantastic conversation book. Each kid has different ways to explain each image and it really makes them think hard.

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