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.