speech and language teaching concepts for Flower Garden in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:




Book Details:

Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Early Childhood, Elementary

Flower Garden

By Eve Bunting

“An urban African-American girl and her father buy plants, potting soil, and a window box at the supermarket, ride the bus to their apartment, and put together a colorful gift for the child’s mother. Rhyming verse carries the brief story, while wonderful, warm, full-color illustrations present scenes from novel angles, and depict a loving family with a sense of intimacy, sincerity, and joy.”—School Library Journal

This charming Spring book can be used in speech therapy to work on sequencing and rhyming. It is also great for describing! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Flower Garden in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

action sequence

Narrative Concepts:

illustration study
verbs (present progressive)
phonological awareness
repetitive text
spatial concepts using the WH-question, “where”


order of events that led to the girl giving her mom a flower box


shopping cart, garden, trowel, soil, tulip


verbs (present progressive)
WH-question (where): use “where” to address spatial concepts, for example, “Where is the garden?” (in the cart, going up the stairs, on the checkout stand, etc.)

Text Features:

repetitive text

Phonological Awareness:


If you are interested in seeing other Spring books to use in therapy, then check out the Narrative Teaching Points Book List for a printable copy