speech and language teaching concepts for Leif and the Fall in speech therapy​ ​
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/l/ initial and final
/f/ initial and final


helping others

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

Leif and the Fall

By Allison Sweet Grant

Leif is a leaf. A worried leaf. It is autumn, and Leif is afraid to fall. “All leaves fall in the fall,” say the other leaves. But Leif is determined to find a different way down, and with his friend Laurel, he uses the resources around him to create a net, a kite, a parachute in hopes of softening his landing. The clock is ticking, the wind is blowing. What will happen when a gust of wind pulls Leif from his branch. In a culture that prizes achievement, kids are often afraid to fail–failing to realize that some of the very ideas that don’t work are steps along the path to ones that will.

This persistent and creative fall and leaves book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like not giving up when a plan doesn’t work. It is also great for noticing character expressions and for targeting character analysis and sequencing as well as for predicting! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Leif and the Fall in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

problem solving​
character analysis​
illustration study​
verbs (action)
verbs (present tense)
text features​
repetitive text​


order of Leif’s attempts to solve the problem

Character Analysis:

Leif is worried about falling and tries plan after plan even when they don’t work. His friend Laurel stays by his side as well while the other leaves taunt him.


Leif learns that even though his first few plans didn’t work, there’s always a way to solve a problem even if you don’t see it at first.


verbs (action)
verbs (present tense)

Text Features:

change in text size
repetitive text


Why do you think Leif is worried?
How does Laurel’s personality compare to the other leaves?
How does Leif feel when the others are taunting him?
Why do you think the other leaves are so rude to him?
How do you think Leif feels when it doesn’t work and when he keeps trying?
How did everyone feel at the end?
What did he realize about his discarded ideas?


What do you think his plan will be?
What do you think they will do with the twigs, vine, etc.?
Do you think his plan will work? Why or why not?
What do you think the other leaves will say to him each time?
What do you think will happen to Leif as everyone falls to the ground?

Problem Solving:

Leif is worried about falling off the tree and comes up with some plans to help himself.

If you are interested in seeing other leaves-themed books to use in therapy, then check out the Themed Narrative Key Teaching Points Book List for a printable copy.