using The Hidden Rainbow in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/b/initial and medial
/fl/ initial
/er/ final



Book Details:

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

The Hidden Rainbow

By Christie Matheson

Bees need a healthy and colorful garden to survive. Luckily, all the colors of the rainbow are hidden in this garden—but the bees need the reader’s help to find them. Brush off the camellia tree, tickle the tulips, and even blow a kiss to the lilac tree. With every action and turn of the page, a flower blooms and more bees are drawn to the feast. In The Hidden Rainbow, she introduces the colors of the rainbow, counting, and the basic ecosystem and vocabulary of a garden. Beautiful collage-and-watercolor art captures all the bold colors of a garden throughout the seasons, and the interactive text will captivate young readers at every story time.

This rhyming spring book can be used in speech therapy to address sequencing. It is also great for targeting adjectives and verbs as well as for describing! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using The Hidden Rainbow in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

action sequence

Narrative Concepts:

illustration study
verbs (action)
verbs (present progressive)
text features
phonological awareness
encourages interaction with the story
following directions


order of sequential increase in plants on each page that make a rainbow


peek, budding, nectar, tulips, crocus shoots, sprout, clover, shower, trace, row, foraging, indigo, lilac, violet, blossom, brimming, delicious


verbs (action)
verbs (present progressive)

Text Features:

labeled plants

Phonological Awareness:


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