speech and language teaching concepts for The Fall of Freddie the Leaf in speech therapy​ ​

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/fr/ initial
/d/ initial and medial
/l/ initial and final
/f/ final
/th/ final


life purpose

Book Details:

Diverse Characters: N/A
Age Recommendation: Elementary, Late Elementary

The Fall of Freddie the Leaf

By Leo Buscaglia

The beloved classic from New York Times bestselling author Leo Buscaglia that has helped thousands of children and adults come to grips with life and death—a warm, wonderfully wise, and strikingly simple story about a leaf named Freddie. Featuring beautiful nature photographs throughout, this poignant, thought-provoking story follows Freddie and his companions as their leaves change with the passing seasons and the coming of winter, finally falling to the ground with winter's snow.  An inspiring allegory that illustrates the delicate balance between life and death, The Fall of Freddie the Leaf has helped a generation of readers navigate death and dying, grief and bereavement, the passage of time, and loss of a loved one.

This thoughtful fall and leaves book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like ones purpose in life and fear of the unknown. It is also great for character analysis and for targeting inferencing as well as for describing! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using The Fall of Freddie the Leaf in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

character analysis​
figurative language​
verbs (action)


sprout, bask, limb, wise, roots, jostled, purpose, pleasant, escape,  vanish, dew, frost, transformed, blaze, determination, bare, death, life, being

Character Analysis:

Freddie learns about life and death. He learns to understand his purpose in the world while overcoming his fear of dying.


Freddie explores concepts of life, death, being and purpose.

Figurative Language:

personification of the leaves


verbs (action)


What did Freddy think about his friends and being surrounded by hundreds of leaves?
How do you think Daniel was so knowledgable?
How did Freddie feel about summer?
Why do you think its important to have a purpose?
How did Freddie feel about the season changing?
Why do you think they turned different colors?
How did the leaves feel as Fall began?
What does Freddie think about dying? What about Daniel?
Why do you think the leaves are here if they only  have to fall and die?
How do you think Freddie will feel when it’s his time to fall?

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