using Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring in speech therapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/h/ initial
/l/ medial
/s/ blends
/ing/ final
/w/ initial
/er/ final


changing of seasons

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

Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring

By Kenard Pak

In a simple, cheerful conversation with nature, a young boy observes how the season changes from winter to spring in Kenard Pak’s Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring. As days stretch longer, animals creep out from their warm dens, and green begins to grow again, everyone knows―spring is on its way! Join a boy and his dog as they explore nature and take a stroll through the countryside, greeting all the signs of the coming season. In a series of conversations with everything from the melting brook to chirping birds, they say goodbye to winter and welcome the lushness of spring.

This vivid spring book can be used in speech therapy to address illustration study, adjectives, and figurative language. It is also great targeting /h/, /l/, /s/ blends, and /ing/ sounds! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

descriptive sequence

Narrative Concepts:

illustration study
figurative language
prepositional phrases
repetitive text


order of creatures or parts of nature greeted


drift, sycamore, husky, huddle, ceiling, sweeps, slender, draped, brook, banks, shudder, lash, striking, dawn, illuminate, thaw, meadow

Figurative Language:

personification of the various parts of winter (plants, animals, snow etc.)
sensory language


prepositional phrases

Text Features:

repetitive text
change in font color


How does the glass house feel inside?
Where do you think the nest is?
Why do you think the nest is empty?
Where do you think the boy and his dog are going?
How do you think it feels outside?
Why does it stay icy in the shadow?
Why do you think the streams are running?
Where do you think the birds were all winter?`

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