Great Books Slps Will Love to Read: Porkenstein

Porkenstein by Kathryn Lasky is the great book of the week. It has great illustrations, useful for a variety of ages, and a really fun plotline that lends itself well to address a variety of goals.

Porkenstein, by Kathryn Lansky, is a great book for SLPs!

Summary: Dr. Smart Pig, one of the 3 Little Pigs, is lonely and decides to invent a friend for Halloween. He makes mistakes and lots of funny creatures result in his search for a friend.

Tips for Goals:

Emotions & Body Language
  • Elicit vocabulary for emotions while looking at the illustrations before reading.
  • Ask why he felt this way after reading the page.
Porkenstein, by Kathryn Lansky, is a great book SLPs will love to read!
  • Do you think it is a good idea to invent a friend? Why or why not?
  • What qualities did Dr. Smart Pig want in a friend?
  • Would you want a friend like that?
  • Did he get a friend with those qualities? How do you know?
  • Who were Dr. Smart Pig’s brothers?
  • Why did he want a wolf-proof friend?
  • Why did he think that inventing a friend wasn’t such a good idea after all?
  • Why do you think Porkenstein ate so much?
  • How did the stories about the enormous pig get started?
  • Why was the wolf drooling outside Dr. Smart Pig’s house?
  • Why did Dr. Smart Pig whisper when he saw the wolf?
  • Why were there just boots outside the door? What happened to the wolf?
  • Why did Dr. Smart Pig decide that Porkenstein was a true friend?

Describing Vocabulary:

famous, bigger, biggest, better, mysteriously, wrong, new, less, warm, rounded, corkscrew, starving, giant, enormous, incredible, huge, rumbling, scuffling, creaking, long, furry, loud, drooling, creaky, empty, lucky.
  • Teach this vocabulary in context.
  • What sense do you use?
  • Name # more things that can be described this way.


lonely, laboratory, shall, absolutely, squealed, chemicals, leaped, less, salt, later, tail, ceiling, I’ll, still, last, almost, life, table, like, jelly, swallowed, dribbling, all, including, long, miles, talking, incredible, drool, himself, meal, Halloween, drooling, little, old, lady, long, wolf, licked, fellow, listened, scuffling, rumbling, belch, silence, disbelief, smiled, believe, let’s, closer.

smart, famous, since, sadly, excited, his, friends, is, suddenly, was, absolutely, squealed, mixed, some, chemicals, raced, mysteriously, something, squirted, this, less, salt, hours, see, snout, corkscrew, wasn’t, has, wings, upside, ceiling, closer, still, last, almost, sunset, grunts, biggest, seen, starving, gasped, asked, swallowed, himself, such, jars, house, curtains, dust, bugs, it’s, Porkenstein, monster, stories, spread, soon, miles, enormous, said, just, sunset, pig’s, first, outside, fangs, ears, dress, whispered, brothers, voice, thighs, inside, listened, frozen, suddenly, scuffling, sound, silence, gasped, disbelief, smiled, boots, just, let’s, so, costumes.

year, brother, tomorrow, ever, friends, inventor,  never, ran, laboratory, bigger, better, proof, beaker, raced, mysteriously, squirted, dear, cried, wrong, aquarium, incubator, warm, garden, hours, later, peered, rounded, corkscrew, closer, creature, doctor, try, closer, meter, threw, heard, grunts, another, there, starving, over, dribbling, more, smart, worried, after, jars, every, garbage,  curtains, doormat, rug, chair, neighbors, Porkenstein, monster, stories, spread, enormous, heard, incredible, drool, first, trick-or-treater, cry, furry, under, her, dress, whispered, fear, brothers, creaky, sure, frozen, rumbling, pair, where, better, true, forever, never, hungry, replied.

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