Frequent Speech Sounds:

/r/ initial (Rosie)
/z/ medial and final, (Rosie, glasses)
/l/ blends (glasses, cloudy, clouds, gloomy, class, black, glad, play, slow, sleep)
/s/ medial (glasses)
/er/ final (water)


imagination & play

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

Rosie’s Glasses

By Dave Whamond

In this wordless picture book, Rosie wakes up in a monochrome world, with a dark cloud over her head. As she plods through her miserable, gray day, the cloud follows. Mishaps and mayhem thwart her every move, irritating noises assault her — and the pouring rain makes everything worse. But then, on her way home from school, Rosie finds a pair of strange glasses. When she puts them on, her world transforms into vivid, joyful color. All of a sudden, she can see the beauty and fun in everything around her — and her dark cloud has disappeared. Are the glasses magic? Or could it be that changing how we look at the world can change the way we experience it? Award-winning author and illustrator Dave Whamond is known for his energetic, humorous and colorful art. Here he uses three different color palettes to powerfully tell a story of how moods can affect what we see. The wordless format encourages visual literacy and deeper readings of the story based on individual interpretation. It also invites nonreaders to develop vocabulary and narrative skill by “reading” the illustrations. This book offers a perfect lead-in to a discussion about good and bad moods. It also works for lessons on self-awareness and personal development, and as an excellent reminder to children (and adults!) that we can all exercise some control over how we see our world.

This hopeful wordless picture book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like turning a bad day around. It is also great for noticing character expressions and illustrations, for targeting comparing and contrasting as well as for describing! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Rosie’s Glasses in speech therapy below: ​

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

character analysis
illustration study
compound sentence structure
complex sentence structure
figurative language


dismay, melancholy, resilience, perspective, transformation, vibrant

Character Analysis:

Rosie wakes up with a dark cloud over her head and can’t seen to shake the gloominess until she finds some rose colored glasses that change her perspective and attitude about the day.


What do you think Rosie could do to turn her day around?
What are some strategies you use to “look on the bright side”?
What helps you regulate your body?

Figurative Language:

idioms (look on the bright side, rose colored glasses)


compound sentence structure
complex sentence structure
compare/contrast before and after wearing the glasses


Why is there a cloud over Rosie’s head?
Why do you think the picture is black and white?
How does she feel as she gets ready for school?
What about her parents and brother?
What are Rosie and the others thinking about how their morning is going already?
Why are the black clouds getting bigger?
Why is the cloud following her?
How do you think the teacher feels too?
How does Rosie feel after she puts on the glasses?
Why is she pink now?


What do you think will happen when Rosie puts on the glasses?
What do you think Rosie’s present is?
What will happen the next day at school?
What will happen if she loses her glasses?
What will happen to the boy?