Title: Santa’s Stuck
Author: Rhonda Gowler Greene
Description: Santa eats a few too many sweets and gets stuck in the chimney. His only hope of escaping is the team effort of his reindeer, and the pets of the house.
- Phonological Awareness (rhyming)
- Speech Production (s-blends, /l/, /s/)
- Early Narrative
- Why Questions
- Early Prediction
- Reading Body Language
Why I like this book: For our friends who celebrate Christmas, it’s humorous with great illustrations that kids love. A good story that gets you into the holiday spirit.
Ideas for use:
- Have children fill in the rhyming word when appropriate. Can they generate another word that rhymes?
- Lots of repetition of “No luck, Santa’s stuck.” Great repetition of /s/, /st/ and /l/. The story is filled with lots of opportunity for all of these sounds.
- An easy story to have children retell using the pictures. A simple sequence of events. Encourage temporal markers (first, next, then). Would be a good book for Mindwingconcepts. Clear “kick-off” (Santa gets stuck) and events, tie up.
- Lots of opportunity for early “why” and reasoning. Why is Santa stuck? What do they have to be quiet? etc.
- Great for teaching prediction. Each picture has a small circle illustration that often tells what is happening next.
- Awesome illustrations for reading body language. What are the animals thinking? Feeling? Why?
Submitted by: Meghan G.Graham M.S. CCC-SLP
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