speech and language teaching concepts for red and lulu in speech therapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/r/ initial
/l/ initial and medial
/s/ medial



Book Details:
Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Elementary, Late Elementary

Red and Lulu

By Matt Tavares

Red and Lulu make their nest in a particularly beautiful evergreen tree. It shades them in the hot months and keeps them cozy in the cold months, and once a year the people who live nearby string lights on their tree and sing a special song: O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree. But one day, something unthinkable happens, and Red and Lulu are separated. It will take a miracle for them to find each other again. Luckily, it’s just the season for miracles. . . . From Matt Tavares comes a heart-tugging story combining the cheer of Christmas, the magic of New York City, and the real meaning of the holiday season: how important it is to be surrounded by love.

This sweet Christmas book can be used in speech therapy to address predicting and inferencing skills. It is also wonderful for illustration study with some of the pages being wordless. Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Red and Lulu in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

complex episode

Narrative Concepts:

problem solving
illustration study
social/emotional concepts
verbs (action)


order of events from when Red finds that the tree has been cut down until he reunites with Lulu
order of the tree being removed


evergreen, pair, shade, tucked, strange, glee


missing someone you love
adjusting to change
gathering with others to sing during the holidays


prepositional phrases
verbs (action)
complex sentence structure


how do you think Red and Lulu felt when their tree was cut down?
how do you think Lulu felt as she waited for Red?
why did Red fly right for their favorite branch?


where do you think they are taking the tree?
what do you think the tree will be used for?
what do you think Red and Lulu will do now that the tree is being moved again?

Problem Solving:

Red and Lulu’s tree was cut down and towed away while Lulu was still inside. Red must find a way to reunite with Lulu.

Red and Lulu’s tree was taken down again. Where will Red and Lulu live now?

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