speech and language teaching concepts for There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Rose in speech therapy​
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/r/ initial
/l/ initial


Valentine’s Day

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

There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Rose

By Lucille Colandro

Our favorite lady is back and hungry for Valentine’s Day treats! That lovely old lady has returned just in time for Valentine’s Day. Now she’s swallowing items to make a very special gift for her valentine! With rhyming text and hilarious illustrations, this wacky version of the classic song will appeal to young readers as they follow the Old Lady on a wild Valentine’s Day adventure.

This quirky Valentine’s Day book can be used in speech therapy to great to address rhyming and sequencing.  It is also great for targeting /r/ , /l/, and /sw/ blends.  Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Rose in speech therapy below: 


Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

action sequence
cumulative tale

Narrative Concepts:

illustration study
verbs (regular and irregular past tense)
phonological awareness
repetitive text


order of things she swallowed


swallowed, rose, glitter, lace, jewel, blew


verbs (regular and irregular past tense)
WH Questions (why and who)
pronouns (subject – she)


Text Features:

repetitive text

Phonological Awareness:



Why do you think she is swallowing ___?

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