The Pigeon Wants a Puppy!

Title: The Pigeon Wants a Puppy

Author: Mo Willems

Description: The silly pigeon thinks he wants a puppy, until he meets one.


  • Perspective Taking
  • Reading Body Language
  • Tone of Voice
  • Prediction

Why I like this book: The pigeon always entertains children, and allows us to address some goals along the way.

Ideas for this book:

  • A great story for kids to “act” as the person the Pigeon is talking to. Have them converse with the pigeon. Given the Pigeon’s responses, what do they think the conversation partner said?
  • A great post by Sean Sweeney at Speechtechie.com about a “fake texting” activity where you could do just this.
  • The pigeon is very expressive, have children interpret body language and act out. You could even take pictures of these emotions and body language and  have kids create their own “body language” story with various emotions. Try apps like Story Patch to create this story.
  • If working on Tone of Voice, have kids speak with the Pigeon’s emotions. Use a recording device to give students feedback. Is that how they wanted to sound? Does it match the Pigeon’s body language? We love the easi-speak microphone for recording and so do kids!
  • Have student brainstorm what responsibilities you would have taking care of a puppy? Can they generate a list of other pets? What are the responsibilities? What are reasons why parents may not want you to have a pet? Can they take another perspective?
  • The pigeon decides that he’d rather have a walrus. Have kids generate what a walrus might need? What could be “scary” to the pigeon about a walrus? Would a walrus be a good pet?
  • Students could write the “next” book as the pigeon attempts to explain why he wants a walrus.

Submitted by; Meghan G. Graham M.S. CCC-SLP

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