speech and language teaching concepts for There Was A Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow in speech therapy​

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/sw/ initial
/sn/ initial
/sh/ initial
/l/ medial



Book Details:

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

There Was A Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow

By Lucille Colandro

Here's the newest twist on the familiar tale of There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly. There was a cold lady who swallowed some snow. I don't know why she swallowed some snow. Perhaps you know. This time, the old lady is swallowing everything from snow to a pipe, some coal, a hat, and more! With rollicking, rhyming text and funny illustrations, this lively version will appeal to young readers with every turn of the page. And this time, there's a surprise at the end no reader will be able to guess!

This silly winter book can be used in speech therapy to address sequencing and rhyming. It is also great for targeting who and why questions! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using There Was A Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

action sequence
cumulative tale

Narrative Concepts:

figurative language
verbs (present progressive)
verbs (regular past tense)
phonological awareness
repetitive text
illustration study


order of things she swallowed


cold, pipe, coal, tingled, gulp, goal

Figurative Language:



verbs (present progressive)
verbs (regular past tense)
pronouns (subject – she)
WH questions (why and who)
complex sentence structure (use of relative pronoun, who)

Text Features:

repetitive text

Phonological Awareness:



Why do you think she is swallowing ______?​

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