speech and language teaching concepts for Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:



spreading joy

Book Details:

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

Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree

By Robert Barry

Christmas is here and Mr. Willowby's tree has arrived. There's just one big problem: The tree is too tall for his parlor! He cuts off the top so it will fit, and soon the top of that tree is passed along again and again to bring holiday cheer to all the animals in the forest.ย Kids will love watching the tree move from home to home, and families will appreciate the subtle message of conservation and recycling, as the tree top spreads joy to all.ย This heartwarming story is the perfect way to start the yuletide season, and a warm addition to any family's festive holiday traditions.

This joy-sharing Christmas book can be used in speech therapy to address phonological awareness, such as alliteration. It also has a high frequency of the word “tree” for students needing practice with /tr/. ย Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree in speech therapy below:


Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

descriptive sequence

Narrative Concepts:

problem solving
verbs (linguistic)
verbs (regular past tense)
phonological awareness


order of characters who use a part tree


delivery, dashed, haste, trimmed, frosty, oversize, cozy, grand


how does each individual feel upon receiving a part of the tree?


verbs (linguistic)
verbs (regular past tense)

Text Features:

repetitive text

Phonological Awareness:



Do you think ____ will have to trim off the top of the tree too?

Problem Solving:

Each character had to determine how to fit a tree that was too tall to fit in their home.

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