The Scarecrow book in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/s/ blends
/r/ blends
/r/ vocalic

Themes:

friendship
loneliness
scarecrows
seasons

Book Details:

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

The Scarecrow

By Beth Ferry

This tender and affectionate story reminds us of the comforting power of friendship and the joy of helping others—a tale that will inspire and delight children for generations to come. Bestselling author Beth Ferry (Stick and Stone) and the widely acclaimed Fan Brothers (The Night Gardener) present a gorgeous and poignant picture book about two unexpected friends and the special connection they share. All the animals know not to mess with old Scarecrow. But when a small, scared crow falls from midair, Scarecrow does the strangest thing.…He saves the tiny baby crow. Soon a loving bond grows between the two unlikely friends. But is it strong enough to weather the changing of the seasons?

This picture book is emotional and impactful. It can be used to address social/emotional issues like friendship and kindness. It is also great for noticing character expressions and body language and for targeting the figurative language concepts of hyperbole and personification. Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using The Scarecrow in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complex episode

Narrative Concepts:

character analysis
setting

Vocabulary:

woodland, nestling, perch, fledging, caws, swoops, matted, due

Character Analysis:

Notice Scarecrow’s facial expressions and body language to understand emotions.
Think about Scarecrow’s decisions and why he makes them.
Would you have helped the crow?

Social/Emotional:

feelings of love, friendship, and togetherness
feelings of lonliness

Figurative Language:

hyperbole
personification

Grammar:

subject pronoun (He)

Phonological Awareness:

rhyming

Inferencing:

The reader must know the relationship/role of scarecrows with crows and other animals.

Problem Solving:

Scarecrow helps the baby crow.
Crow helps Scarecrow in return.