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Early Phonological Awareness Stories Lucky Lenny
Ages: 3-7   Grades: PreK-2

Instill a love of sound play and enthusiasm for early reading with Lenny, the very lucky duck, who loves to visit other characters in the Early Phonological Awareness Stories series.


  • Develop phonological awareness and the love of reading
  • Enhance language and articulatory development
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The Lucky Lenny book includes five adorable stories that share the same chorus at the end of each verse.  This book encourages student participation during shared reading and reinforces:

  • rhyming and alliteration skills
  • speech sound awareness through auditory bombardment

Two fun story-related extension activities and games are great for therapy or take-home supplements to promote carryover in:

  • phonological awareness
  • language enrichment

You may purchase Lucky Lenny individually or as part of the 8-book Early Phonological Awareness Stories set.

The 8-book set consists of:
Casey Cat
Fifi Firefly
Lucky Lenny
Mary Mouse
Poppi Porcupine
Rags Rabbit
Sweet Sammy
Tully Turtle

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26 8½" x 11" coated pages, follow-up activities

I use the Early Phonological Awareness Stories in class lessons for grades K and 1.  The characters are easy to relate to and my students love hearing about their adventures.  The rhyming and alliteration lessons are great supplements to class curriculum.  The teachers are excited to have follow-up stories and activities to do in their classroom centers.  Great job!

Julie Rakowitz, SLP
Norwalk, CT

  • Numerous studies have shown that children who demonstrate phonological awareness are more successful in learning to read than those children who lack such understanding (Wagner & Torgesen, 1987).
  • The relationship between phonological awareness and reading acquisition has led to studies examining the effectiveness of training phonological awareness in at-risk children.  Research has demonstrated that training can result in significant improvement of phonological awareness (Ball & Blachman, 1991; van Kleeck, Gillam, & McFadden, 1998).
  • Catts (1991) has encouraged phonological awareness training and has suggested the use of stories containing rhyming, alliterative, or nonsense sound sequences with children at the preschool or kindergarten level as a way of drawing attention to the sound structure of speech.

Early Phonological Awareness Stories Lucky Lenny incorporates these principles and is also based on expert professional practice.


Ball, E., & Blachman, B. (1991). Does phoneme awareness training in kindergarten make a difference in early word recognition and developmental spelling? Reading Research Quarterly, 26, 49-66.

Catts, H. (1991). Facilitating phonological awareness: Role of speech-language pathologists. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 22, 196-203.

van Kleeck, A., Gillam, R., & McFadden, T. (1998). A study of classroom-based phonological awareness training for preschoolers with speech and/or language disorders. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 7, 65-76.

Wagner, R., & Torgesen, J. (1987). The nature of phonological processing and its causal role in the acquisition of reading skills. Psychological Bulletin, 101, 192-212.


Pat Tulloss


Pat Tulloss, M.S., CCC-SLP, has over 25 years experience as a speech-language pathologist.  She started her professional career in the public schools in Birmingham, Alabama, before working for 17 years at the University of Alabama, where she was an instructor, a clinical supervisor, and a coordinator of preschool speech and language services.  Her areas of interest included phonological disorders, autism, and dementia.

Pat currently manages a team of trainers for a software company in Birmingham, Alabama.  Her hobbies include travel, cooking, and gardening.


Early Phonological Awareness Stories features eight books designed to promote skills in phonological awareness and language enrichment.  Each book centers around the adventures of a primary character:

  • Mary MouseShe cooks and entertains, loves shoes, and drives a convertible!
  • Tully TurtleHe's the oldest, wisest member of the group.  Tully is the resident handyman.
  • Fifi FireflyShe's a world traveler and takes her tiny suitcase wherever she goes.
  • Poppi PorcupineHe loves bubbles of all kinds, but his quills often cause problems.  His favorite food is popcorn—he likes the popping sound!
  • Casey CatShe's always busy, except when she's curled up sleeping in her favorite chair.
  • Sweet SammyHe's a big, lovable golden retriever.  He loves to play and go for rides, but sometimes his enthusiasm gets him into trouble.
  • Rags RabbitRags is short for Roosevelt Ragsdale Rabbit the Third.  His fur is always fluffy and his clothes are neat and clean.  He's a really fast rabbit and he hates that he's afraid of storms.
  • Lucky LennyHe's a very lucky duck and lives at Tully's Pond.

The five stories in each book promote phonological awareness through rhyme and alliteration.  The repetitive chorus at the end of each verse provides auditory bombardment of the target speech sound and encourages student participation during shared reading.  Each book includes reading suggestions, ideas for improving phonological awareness, and language enrichment activities for teachers and caregivers.

Each book also includes two fun, story-related game activities.  These activities are great for therapy or take-home supplements to promote carryover.