speech and language teaching concepts for wolf in the snow in speech therapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/w/ initial (wolf)
/lf/ final (wolf)
/v/ medial (wolves)
/z/ final (wolves)
/sn/ initial (snow)
/g/ initial (girl)
/rl/ final (girl)


helping others
taking a risk

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

Wolf in the Snow

By Matthew Cordell

A girl is lost in a snowstorm. A wolf cub is lost, too. How will they find their way home? Paintings rich with feeling tell this satisfying story of friendship and trust. Here is a book set on a wintry night that will spark imaginations and warm hearts, from Matthew Cordell, author of Trouble Gum and Another Brother.

This sweet wordless winter book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional concepts like helping others, fear, and bravery. It is also great for illustration study and predicting what is going to happen. Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Wolf in the Snow in speech below:

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:


Narrative Concepts:

character analysis
illustration study
social/emotional concepts


blizzard, frightened, resilience, compassion, isolation, nurturing, perseverance, treacherous, instinct

Character Analysis:

The young girl appears to have a close friendship with her dog based on the illustrations. She demonstrates bravery as she risks her own safety to help a wild wolf pup return to its pack.


helping others despite risk
unlikely friendship
facial expressions
body language

Figurative Language:



How do you think the girl feels when she encounters the wolf pup? How do you know?
How do you think the wolf pup feels when it encounters the girl? How do you know?
Why do you think the little girl picks up the wolf pup?
How do you think the pack feels when it is howling? Why do you think they are howling?
How do you think the girl feels as she walks towards the howling?
Why do you think a dog is barking?


What do you think this story will be about?
The wolf pup is far behind the pack, what do you think is going to happen?
Where do you think the little girl is taking the wolf pup? Why do you think that?
After she returns the pup, where do you think the little girl is going?
Who is barking?

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

Check out our 17 minute podcast episode, Our Favorite Wordless Picture Books in Speech Therapy: Part Two for more ideas on how to use Wolf in the Snow and other wordless picture books!