The Cat in the Hat

Written by Dr Seuss

For ages 4 to 8

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This book is best for:
  • rhyming
  • speech sounds - /k/


It’s a miserable rainy day, and two kids are stuck in indoors with nothing to do… until the Cat in the Hat shows up! He very quickly turns their dull day into a mad adventure packed full of excitement and mayhem.

The Cat in the Hat by Dr Seuss is a staple resource for both therapists and teachers. The rhyming text makes this a delight to read aloud and will capture children’s attention as they listen to the charming cat’s crazy antics. The repetitive text with basic vocabulary will help to develop children’s language skills, as well as provide beginner readers with confidence as they decode the words. The story is packed with words containing the /k/ sound, so it’s a good choice for children working on this sound in word-initial and word-final positions.

For further speech and language targets in The Cat in the Hat, see the list below.

Book Details

Narrative Structure: Reaction Sequence

Story Plot: Repetitive Tale

  • animals - pets
  • household items
  • places - home

Speech and Language Targets

Speech Sounds:
  • /h/ - hat, house, hand, high, hold, hop, head, hook
  • /k/ - cat, cold, cup, cake, kite, trick, pack, like, book, milk, rake, hook
  • voiced /th/ - the, that, there, then, this, them, they, mother, another
  • unvoiced /th/ - thing, thump, something, nothing, playthings, with
  • /w/ - we, wet, was, with, went, will, want, when, why, wish, wood, way, away
  • conjunctions (and, then, so, but)
  • copulas (is, are, was)
  • modals (will, should)
  • negatives (no, not)
  • irregular past tense verbs (sat, said, sank, shook, bent, ran)
  • prepositions (in, on)
  • subjective pronouns (I, you, we)
  • action verbs (play, sit, jump, fall, hold, run, carry, hold, bow, shake, fly, hit, catch)
  • labelling
  • location concepts (in, on, up, down)
  • weather
  • dialogue
  • direct character speech
  • repetition for emphasis
Rhyme & Sound Awareness:
  • rhyme
Book Info

Published by HarperCollins Publishers in 2011 (ISBN: 9780007158447)

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