Title: The Little Red Elf
Author: Barbara Barbieri McGrath
Description: A play on the Little Red Hen, the little elf tries to get her friends to help her plant and grow a Christmas tree. The penguin, the hare and the reindeer choose to be lazy or do what they want rather than help their friend. They learn their lesson at the end of the story. hey
- Early narrative (simple sequence story)
- Past tense
- Perspective taking
- Early prediction
- Question formulation/”who” questions
Why I like this story: Adorable pictures with lots of language opportunities. I’m a big fan of the original Little Red Hen, and this is a fun holiday spin.
Ideas for use:
- simple story sequence to retell with repetition. Use the pictures and incorporate “first, next, then, etc.”
- The little elf does lots of actions as she does all the work. A great story to elicit past tense verbs, with clear pictures and lots of opportunities (i.e. shoveled, cleaned, painted, etc.)
- A good story for a group to stress “teamwork” and and “many hands make light the work” concept. A good message for this time of year as well. Have kids think about how they can help others…an obvious opportunity for some perspective taking.
- Have children predict what the little elf will have to do next to care for a tree. First plant.. what do you think will be next? (water, bring in the house, decorate, etc.)
- There is lots of opportunity to model, “Who will help me….” both for expressive and receptive “wh” question goals.
- The pictures offer opportunity for emotions and perspective taking. Use thinking bubbles to assist kids understand what characters are thinking and why
Submitted by Meghan G. Graham M.S. CCC-SLP
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