using A Ball for Daisy in speech therapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/b/ initial (ball)
/l/ final (ball)
/d/ initial (daisy)
/z/ medial (daisy)


unfortunate event
having a favorite toy

Book Details:
Diverse Characters: N/A
Age Recommendation: Early Childhood, Elementary

A Ball For Daisy

By Chris Rashcka

A Ball for Daisy relates a story about love and loss as only Chris Rashcka can tell it. Any child who has ever had a beloved toy break will relate to Daisy’s anguish when her favorite ball is destroyed by a bigger dog. This book explores in pictures the joy and sadness that having a special toy can bring.

This wordless pet and dog picture book is great for addressing predicting, inferencing, and social/emotional concepts. Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using A Ball for Daisy in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

character analysis
verbs (irregular past tense)

Character Analysis:

Daisy loves playing with her ball. She becomes very sad when her ball pops and is thrown away.


Notice Daisy’s and her owner’s facial expressions and body language.

Daisy is upset because the other dog played too rough, even though it was an accident. The other dog and it’s owner give Daisy a surprise to cheer her up.


verbs (irregular past tense) (lost, took, broke, gave)


How does Daisy feel when the other dog joined in playing chase and took her ball?
Why is Daisy sad?
Why is Daisy’s owner sitting next to her on the couch?
How does Daisy feel when she gets a new ball?
Why did they get Daisy a new ball?


What do you think the girl is going to do with the blue ball?
What do you think Daisy will do today?
What game do you think she will play with the ball?
Who will get the ball for her?
What do you think will happen to her ball?
What do you think Daisy will do the next day?