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

/th/ initial
/f/ initial



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


By Eileen Spinelli

Like the gardener thankful for every green sprout, and the fireman, for putting the fire out, readers are encouraged to be thankful for the many blessings they find in their lives. Spinelli exhibits her endearing storytelling with this engaging poem, reminding children how blessed and special they are. Meant to be read aloud, this heartwarming picture book will be a treasured keepsake for parents and children alike.

This sweet Thanksgiving book can be used in speech therapy to infer reasons for thankfulnessIt is also great for rhyming and targeting /th/! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Thankful in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

action sequence

Narrative Concepts:

phonological awareness
illustration study


comfortable, interesting, reporter, sprout, rhyme, patients, cozy, beat, sturdy, birder, vote


Discuss what you are thankful for and why.
Discuss the family dynamic, including the brother and sister relationship.


adjective (specifically “thankful”)

Phonological Awareness:



Why is the waitress thankful for comfortable shoes?
What is the interesting news?
Why is the artist thankful for color and light?
Why is the clown’s costume silly and bright?
What makes the “hotel” cozy?
Why is the chef thankful for clean plates?
Why is the beekeeper thankful for honeybees?
Why is the mayor thankful for every vote?
Why is the sailor thankful for a sturdy boat?
Why is the crafter thankful for glitter and glue?


What do you think the tailor is sewing?
Who do you think he is thankful for?

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