using The Pink Umbrella in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/sh/ initial

Themes:

Valentine’s Day
friendship
seeing the bright side
character growth

Book Details:

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

The Pink Umbrella

By Amelie Callot

When it's bright outside, Adele is the heart of her community, greeting everyone who comes into her café with arms wide open. But when it rains, she can't help but stay at home inside, under the covers. Because Adele takes such good care of her friends and customers, one of them decides to take care of her too, and piece by piece leaves her little gifts that help her find the joy in a gray, rainy day. Along with cute-as-a-button illustrations, The Pink Umbrella celebrates thoughtful acts of friendship.

This joyful Valentine's Day book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like shifts in perspective and finding the beauty when it's not so evident. It is also great for noticing character growth and for targeting adjectives as well as for predicting and figurative language! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using The Pink Umbrella in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

vocabulary
theme/message
character analysis
sequencing
figurative language
social/emotional
predicting
adjectives
verbs (linguistic)

Sequencing:

order of days the café is open and mysterious clothes are left

Vocabulary:

rose, tulip, bouquets, grocer, café, stall, villagers, pantries, reliable, satisfied, bud, regulars, market, cinema, residents, landscape, refuge, dreary, jostled, adored, soles, exact, melody

Character Analysis:

Adele has a strong dislike for rainy days and “loses her spirit” but learns that they aren’t so bad with the right clothing and person around.

Social/Emotional:

shifts in perspective
finding the beauty when it’s not so evident

Figurative Language:

personification of the café
metaphor (she is the village’s sun)

Grammar:

adjectives
verbs (linguistic)

Predicting:

What do you think Adele does when it rains?
Who do you think left the boots?
Who do you think left the raincoat?
What do you think Lucas will say about Adele going out in the rain?
Who do you think left the boots and raincoat now?

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