Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Over At The Castle - Activity Adventures

Book Theme: counting, rhyme, castles, dragons, middle-ages

Activity Ideas for Over At The Castle
Young Readers:
Count the people on each page.

Find the music for Over in the Meadow and sing the book. Let children say the numbers.

Older Readers:
Make up your own rhyming book with the Over In The Meadow pattern.

Over in the (noun -place), on the (adjective- describe where this place is)
Lived the (noun- who?) and the little (noun-there’s always a baby or someone else) one (two, three as the story progresses)
“(the older one says something.)” says the (who). “(Answers the other one.)” says the one.
So they (verb- what are the two doing?) all day in the (repeat first adjective).

There you go. Follow this pattern and make up your own story. Please do share what you come up with in the comments section. I think this will be fun.

Writing Prompts:
Pick a page in the book and write a short story scene with dialogue between the people in the picture and a description of what they are doing. Do they know the dragons are near? Are they worried?  

Crafty Ideas:
Make a dragon puppet from a sock or paper sack.

Make your own story world.
Make your own castle from a cardboard box from Enchanted Learning.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Over At The Castle - Book Introduction

Product Details
Reading level: Ages 3-6
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers (March 1, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0810984148

Author: Boni Ashburn
Illustrator: Kelly Murphy

Book Description
In this clever reworking of the classic folk song “Over in the Meadow,” readers meet villagers who spent their day spinning, cleaning, cooking, dancing, and more. The text counts up from one baby dragon to ten court jesters, and kids will enjoy counting along with each of the characters as they go about their daily work. At the end of the day, all the villagers look out their windows for a special surprise from their dragon neighbors. Readers will pore over illustrations filled with the same unexpected, warm humor of Boni Ashburn and Kelly Murphy’s first book, Hush, Little Dragon.

Queen’s Take on the Book:
The lyrical text and charming pictures intrigued me. I enjoyed spotting the dragons throughout the book as they waited in eager anticipation for whatever shenanigans they had planned for that night. (Can you spot the dragon in the picture above?)  I believe young children will enjoy singing along with this book. You will want to get the tune in your mind, so they can join in on the repeating refrains. Do make sure you stop every few pages and ask what the child thinks will happen next, or what do they think the baby dragon is eager to do? Allow suspense to build up as each page progresses throughout the day.

Discussion Questions:
Throughout the book, the reader is able to spot glimpses of the dragons peeking into windows, or lazing on the hill. What are the dragons doing and why?

Discuss the people in the castle. What kinds of jobs do castle workers have? Are they like the jobs people in real life have? 

Why is the baby dragon so eager? What do you think they have planned? Will the castle people like it or not?

What seems to be the people’s reaction on the last page? Was the wait worth it? Why or why not?

Come back Wednesday for Adventure Activities down at the Castle Library. My own dragon friends love this book and have some fiery-hot adventurous fun. On Friday, we will meet the author, Boni Ashburn and illustrator, Kelly Murphy in the Author’s Arena.

Friday, August 26, 2011

A City Across Time - Author's Arena

Author and illustrator Peter Kent has been producing books for children and adults for almost thirty years. His first book was a serious work of history: Fortifications of East Anglia, which is still in print today. He has written and illustrated nineteen children’s books, and illustrated over one hundred and thirty other children’s books. In fact, Peter thinks he has produced more than 12,000 individual artworks for his children’s books. As well as working as an author/illustrator, Peter still manages to find time for some teaching and lecturing

Find samples of Kent's artwork here;
Print one of the drawings and color it in. 

Other books

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

A City Across Time - Adventure Activities

Book Theme:
Concepts: money, technological change, markets, public services, innovation

Activity Ideas

Young Readers:
Dig a hole in the back yard and see if you find anything interesting.
Go to a science museum and look at interesting things other people have dug up. 
Check out Tate Kids and build your own Imaginary City

Older Readers:
Pick on specific age in history and do research on a place in that time period.

Answer these questions:
  • Write the where and when of your place of choosing. (Ancient Egypt? New York this year? Or New York back in the 1800's?)
  • What kinds of buildings are in this city or town? Draw a picture of them.
  • What is the main commerce? (meaning what is the main trades or goods produced)?
  • What is the average population?
  • Describe the main means of transportation. Draw a picture.
  • How do people dress?
  • Describe a typical day in this city or town.
  • How does this city or town compare with where you live today?

Writing Prompts
Pick one of the houses, and write a short (or longer) story about the family living there. Maybe use the one house that seems to contain the same family over many generations. Why do you suppose the man hid the money down in the well on page 29? What eventually happened to that money. Flip through the pages and write descriptions.

Have fun with making up stories about the people in the book.

Older children: Wonder what was on your property before your house was built? Check out a history of your city and write a report on the history of the city you live in.

The Future: Write about what you think will happen in the future in your city or town.

Crafty Ideas:
Create your own city out of boxes and paper.
Enchanted Learning has directions on how to make city builds from paper.

Print a Paper City at Made by Joel. Print, color and fold according to instructions. This cute set has cars, building from around the world, and even people. Fabulous!

Additional Reading:
Anne Millard's A Street Through Time (DK, 1998) takes readers on another journey through urban history, although that volume lacks the underground and archaeological components of Kent's work.

I hope you enjoy my activity ideas. If you try any of them out, let me know how they worked for you in the comments section.

Happy Reading,
Queen Jackie

Monday, August 22, 2011

A City Across Time - Book Introduction

Product Details
Reading level: Ages 7-10
Hardcover: 48 pages 
Publisher: Kingfisher (May 11, 2010) 
ISBN-10: 0753464004 

Reading level: Grades 4-8
Genre: Middle Grade Nonfiction

Author and Illustrator: Peter Kent 

Awards: NCSS-CBC Notable Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies

Book Description from Amazon

Peter Kent's brilliant cross-sections show how an early settlement changes into a bustling, modern-day city. The lively, warm and friendly illustrations are packed with absorbing and eye-opening details, and clearly show how new buildings are constructed on the rubble of the old. Eagle-eyed readers will have hours of fun spotting the descendants of one particular family though the centuries, and seeing how once-grand building become buried and how some structures remain through the centuries. Brand-new artworks and spreads reveal the prehistoric origins of the settlement, its 21st-century development and even give a glimpse into the far future, when ice sheets threaten to overwhelm the city

Queen’s Take on the Book:
Fascinating. This is not just a regular reading book. This is a book of exploration that needs … a magnifying glass and a lot of time. Each page builds on the previous and several times I’d flip back and forth to check on things I missed. There’s so many wonderful details on each page and on-going wordless stories like what happened to the money bags?

Not only are the pictures engaging, but the information on each page fascinating. Yes, I said it again.

Discussion Questions:

  • Look at the house on the left page. There seems to be a family theme going on. What is it? 
  • And what occupation did this family seem to stay consistent in? 
  • Is there a occupation (type of job or career) that your family seems to be consistent in? Are you from a family of teachers, doctors, restaurant or store workers? Or perhaps there is a skill your family has passed down? Artist, woodworking, or something else? 
  • Look at old family photos if you can. What things do you think have been passed down from generation to generation? 
  • Think about the town you live in. What history does it have? Look it up on the internet. 
Come back Wednesday for Activity Adventure Day and Friday for the Author's Arena. 

Happy Reading,
Queen Jackie

Friday, August 19, 2011

I Wonder - How God Made Me - Author's Arena

Hello once again, good friends. Welcome back to The Castle Library's Author's Arena Friday.

This week, we've featured Mona Hodgson's I Wonder How God Made Me
, one of several in her I Wonder Series

Mona Hodgson,  who lives in Arizona, began her writing journey kind of like Jonah began his ministry in Ninevah. On her website you'll find the complete story. But let's just say, the writing bug got her. She felt God pushing her toward becoming a author. Unfortunately,as most writers, fear and doubt crept in and she went into nursing instead. Or tried. Of course, being that she was supposed to be a writer, it didn't work.
Fortunately for us, she is now writing. And not only wonderful children's books, but she also loves writing historical fiction as well. 

On her website, young and old writers can find a resource page full of interesting information and helpful guides in writing manuscripts and children's books. She has written articles, poems for Pockets Magazine, and short stories for Clubhouse jr. She has leveled readers, picture books and kids devotionals one can choose from as well.  

Along with all this, Mona offers classes and speaking engagements at conferences, schools and libraries. 

That's one busy writer! 

So, my young scribe and reader friends,
Is there something you really want to do? Something you dream of becoming? Don't let fear get the better of you. We've all been created to be something special. God made each of us for a unique purpose with specific talents to become what God wants us to become. Just like Mona's book teaches us. 

Don't be afraid. Aim for that dream and don't give up until you've seen it through. 

We all need your special talents. Just like we need great writers to tell us wonderful stories. The way we need artist to make those stories come to life. And the way we need readers to enjoy those stories. 

Be all you're meant to be. 

And happy reading!
The Queen. 

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

I Wonder - How God Made Me Activity Adventures

Hello Again!
The Queen here with another adventure in reading for our young book worms.

Monday I introduced Mona Hodgson's book I Wonder How God Made Me. This is one of several in her I Wonder series of stories where young Jared asks questions about God and His world that many children may have asked at one time or another.

This week's book, I Wonder How God Made Me focuses on the theme of how we were created. Each question posed by Jared, is an opportunity for parents or Sunday School Teachers to show that God not only made our physical bodies, but he designed each of us with unique and important talents, looks and personalities that are to be used in His kingdom and for His glory.

Activity Suggestions: 

I Am Unique
Using butcher paper, draw an outline of the child's body. Cut out a heart from construction paper and write on it the scripture from Psalm 139 provided in the book. Glue the heart in the center of the body.

Discuss: When God created our innermost being, he put special, unique qualities in us. Help your child name those things that make him or her different from everyone else. They will probably talk about their hair and eye color. Let them color or add those items on the body cut out. Encourage them to dig deeper and seek out their special gifts and qualities, such as making people laugh, being a good helper, being good at math or reading. Keep brainstorming. Loving mommy and daddy. Loving God. Loving friends. Taking care of a pet.

Look at what talents this child has: dancing, singing, drawing...
Go to magazines and cut out words that describe the child. Beautiful. Charming. Happy. Glue these on the arms and legs.

When the body cutout is completed, hang it up somewhere where they can see how special they are to you and to God.

For younger children, print out a body-shape outline for them to color in. Write words that you think describes them around the border of the picture. Let them draw in the face and features. Talk to them about how God made them special.

Bake Cookies
While putting all the ingredients in to make a batch of cookies, talk about how each items by itself doesn't really taste very good. And if an ingredient is left out, the cookies might not come out the way they are supposed to. For instance, what if you left out the flour? It's white, powdery and taste bland. There's nothing really great about flour. Besides, it makes a big mess.

But if you get rid of the flour, what will happen to the cookies? Mix up all the liquid ingredients and ask your child if they think the cookies will back right? Can you roll this into balls? Nope. It's not right.
Flour is important.

What if you left out the chocolate chips? Then it wouldn't be a chocolate chip cookie, would it?

Every ingredient in the recipe is important in making the final product.
The same goes for every part that God has put into us. Every freckle, every funny shaped ear... every hair on our head is important to God. He even knows the number of hairs we have!

Read the book while the cookies are baking. Let your child know that God designed each of us in a certain, unique way so that we aren't all the same. And even the parts we don't really care about, or like, make us who we are. And we are special to God and important in His kingdom.

Taking the lessons in the book a step further:
After reading the book, do a study on the human body. It's an amazing creation!

Write a story about what the world might be like if we were all the same, made from an assembly line machine like robots. How would we tell each other apart? How would our world look? Are you thankful that God designed us all differently?

Carve soap creations. Make your own animal, or being from a bar of soap.

Be sure to leave a comment about any of the activities you tried and how they worked out for you.

Happy Reading,
The Queen.

Monday, August 15, 2011

I Wonder - How God Made Me Book Introduction

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Concordia Publishing House (February 2000)
  • Age Level: 4-7 (Grade 1)
  • ISBN-10: 0570070309

Illustrator: Chris Sharp

From the Jacket Flap:
Have you ever wondered?
God is so creative! He made the giraffe's long neck and He hung the moon in the sky. God must be strong! Read along as young Jared ask important questions about how God created him and wonders about each answer. 

The Queen's Take:
There's a lot to this little book. Jared takes the reader through several questions about how God made us. As he looks around his world, at such things as cakes mixes, play dough and robots he realizes God didn't mix us together like a cake, nor molded us like clay. And we aren't made of metal either, like robots. 

However, as it says in Psalm 139, God did create our inner most being while we were still in our mother's womb. 

There is so much that can be done with not only this book, but the other I Wonder books as well. 

I'm not sure if a local bookstore carries these books. They can be found on Amazon, but are ordered directly from Mona Hodgson's author's site.  

Discussion Questions:
While reading this book, take time to discuss your child's thoughts about how we are made. 

What if we were made like robots? What would we be like? Would we be better people? If not, why? 
Each page is an opportunity for discussion on why we are created the way we are and what makes us special and unique. 

Come back Wednesday for some fun activities to do with this book. Friday, we'll meet Mona Hodgson and the Illustrator Chris Sharp. 

    Friday, August 12, 2011

    Horton Halfpott: Author's Arena

    Happy Friday Friends,
    Welcome back. Join me now in the Author's Arena to meet the writer and illustrator of Horton Halfpott, Tom Angleburger.

    Angleburger has five books, two of which are written under Sam Riddleburger. Check out Burger and Burger for more information.

    Angleburger is also the creator of The Strange Case of Origami Yoda, and Darth Paper Strikes Back: An Origami Yoda Book. You can find out more about these books at The Strange Case of Origami Yoda site. While you are over there, take some paper with you and see if you can make your own Yoda or Darth Paper characters. Looks like a lot of fun.

    Inspiration for the book came from stories by Charles Dickens. Have you read any of Dicken's books? Maybe a trip to the local library is in order.

    Happy Reading,
    The Queen.

    Wednesday, August 10, 2011

    Horton Halfpott: Book Adventure Wednesday

    Hello Friends,
    The Queen here, back for more Horton Halfpott fun.
    You'll remember our hero Horton, who has been blamed for the missing Luggertuck's family heirloom, the Lump. (which really is a lump. A lump of what? Well, you don't find out until the end. Guess you'll have to read it.)

    Today, I have a few activities for you to do while (and after) reading the book. You'll need to get out your reading journal, some pens, markers, and oh, a wooden spoon.

    First Activity: 
    Look at the drawings of the Map of Smugwick Manor and Envorons. (You'll find it on the first few pages). Also check out the Horton Halfpott site for some sketches the author Tom Angleberger created while writing the book. He went through several sketches until he came up with Smugwick Manor.

    Draw your own version of the Manor, and the surrounding lands. Make notes of some of your favorite parts of the story.

    Take it a step further and make a map of your own house and add some special details such as hidden nooks where you can hide things, or memories you are fond of. You can even add details that aren't really there, but you wish there was. Like a special escape route for when Mom wants you to do the dishes.

    Second Activity:
    This idea was also found on the Horton Halfpott site. A group of kids made Miss Neversly out of wooden spoons. This can be taken a step further. Make all the characters out of spoons, or out of craft sticks. Use yarn for hair. Draw in their faces on the spoon. Then play out your favorite parts of the story.

    Third Activity:
    Write the further adventures of the Shipless Pirates. Did they ever get a ship, you think? How? What could they do instead if they never find a new ship? What would make a good substitute?
    Write your own continuing story with these characters.

    I hope you are having fun with this book. See you back here on Friday to learn more about Tom Angleberger and his other books. You'll need to bring some paper. Lots of it. Oh, and maybe a light saber if you have one.

    Happy Reading,
    The Queen

    Monday, August 8, 2011

    Horton Halfpott: Book Introduction

    The Queen here,
    Summer feels like it's creeping along. But then, I don't have to return to school in a couple of weeks. For those impending students... well, try not to think about it and enjoy each day that's left.

    Today, I want to introduce a mid-level chapter book. Horton Halfpott or The Fiendish Mystery of Smugwick Manor or The Loosening of M'Lady Luggertuck's Corset. (That one has to be my favorite).

    Book Details: 

    • Author: Tom Angleberger
    • Reading level: Ages 8-12
    • Hardcover: 224 pages
    • Publisher: Amulet Books; 1 edition (May 1, 2011)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 0810997150
    • ISBN-13: 978-0810997158

    Book Description from

    Tom Angleberger's latest, loopiest middle-grade novel begins when M'Lady Luggertuck loosens her corset (it's never been loosened before!), thereby setting off a chain of events in which all the strict rules of Smugwick Manor are abandoned. When, as a result of "the Loosening," the precious family heirloom, the Luggertuck Lump (quite literally a lump), goes missing, the Luggertucks look for someone to blame. Is it Horton Halfpott, the good-natured but lowly kitchen boy who can't tell a lie? Or one of the many colorful cast members in this silly romp of a mystery.

    The Queen's Take:
    This young reader's novel took me back to the time of Rocky and Bullwinkle shows, with it's silly puns and narrative style of story telling. The names, also resemble the Bullwinkle types of characters such as the Pottsylvanian nogoodnicks, Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale.

    In Horton Halfpott, you'll meet M'Lady Luggertuck, who causes all the mischief in the story by loosening her corset. There's also Miss Neversly and her wicked spoon which she uses to bash lazy, dwadlers over the head with. (loved it). There's the Shipless Pirates, the Snooping Stableboys, Portnoy St. Pomfrey, and of course, there's spunky Celia. But we won't go into that right now.

    No secret that I enjoyed this book. Many times I actually laughed out loud, which doesn't happen often.
    Read and enjoy the story. Then come back Wednesday for some Book Adventures, and on Friday for the Author's Arena where we'll learn more about Tom Angleberger.

    In the meantime...

    For those of you unfortunates who've never seen a Rocky and Bullwinkle show... here's a sample. Enjoy.

    Happy Reading,
    The Queen

    Friday, August 5, 2011

    The Quiet Book and The Loud Book: Author's Arena

    Well, here is Friday once again, Good Friends. And today is another visit to the Author's Arena where we will meet the author and illustrator of The Quiet Book and The Loud Book.

    Deborah Underwood grew up in Walla Walla, Washington. She started out wanting to be an astronaut, but ended up being a street musician. For awhile. Then she worked as an accountant, (that's someone that works with math and money - those kinds of things that the Queen would like pay someone else to do.) But actually, Underwood typed memos for accountants. Which is very important, because memos tell people about things. And it was writing. Which led into what she does now. 
    Yes, writing. 

    Like most scribes (that's my queenish word for "writer") she says it's hard work. Don't let the sitting at the computer all day fool you. Writer's might be sitting on the outside, but on the inside they are fighting dragons, or bad guys, or showing people interesting places and things.

    According to Underwood, the idea for The Quiet Book happened one day when... 
    The idea for this book came to me when I was waiting for a classical guitar concert to start. I noticed the expectant silence right before the guitarist started playing, and that made me think of other quiets. And yes, "before the concert starts quiet" made it into the book!

    Have you read the book yet? If you have then you'll know that line is in there. Underwood has written several books for children, from picture books, to chapter books and even non-fiction books. Some of her titles are:
    Pirate Mom, Sugar Plum Ballerinas, along with several non-fiction about The Northern Lights, Orangutans, and Giraffes. Check out Deborah Underwood's website for more information about her books and school visits.

    Renata Liwska grew up in Warsaw, Poland. She now lives in Calgary, Canada with her husband who is also an illustrator. 

    You might think hat Liwska has a fancy studio, but from looking around at her website and blog, it seems most of her work is done in a simple moleskin note book. Sitting with a cup of hot coffee, or perhaps out to dine, she can pull out the book and work on all the characters dancing though her mind. Once she has a character she really likes and who she wants to put into one of her books, she scans the picture into Photoshop and finishes coloring it on the computer. 

    She too has illustrated several books. Red Wagon, Little Panda, Nikolai, the Only Bear, and Skylar Skylaramong others. 

    Her sketchbook goes with her just about everywhere, so that when something inspires her, she can draw it right then and there, not losing that special moment. 

    How about you? Are there times in your life that inspire a story? Perhaps while you are waiting in line, or maybe during a family vacation. Stories are everywhere and even young scribes can capture them by keeping a blank book close by. 

    If you love to sketch, keep a pencil in your pocket, like Harry Potter kept his wand. A small sketchpad will fit comfortably in a pocket. Do you see something unusual? Pull it out like a pirate pulling out his pistol and... draw

    Here's a picture of the author and illustrator I found on Liwska's blog. 

    See you again next week at The Castle Library.

    Wednesday, August 3, 2011

    The Quiet Book and The Loud Book: Activity Adventures

    Welcome back young reading adventurers. 

    The Queen here with some LOUD and quiet activities to get you out of the summer hum-drums and ready for Back To School.

    On Monday, we introduced Deborah Underwood's two books, The Loud Book and The Quiet Book, illustrated by Renata Liwska.

    First off, lets discuss times when it's fun to be loud. What times do you enjoy a bit of loudness?
    The play ground or park?
    The water park? Especially if you live in my area down south.
    A sporting event?
    A birthday party?
    What else can you think of?

    How about those quiet times?
    The library and reading?
    The movies?
    The doctor's office? Yuck.
    When else? What are some of your most fun quiet games?

    Leave a comment. I'd love to know!

    Get Your Cameras or Sketch Pads out:
    Illustrator Renata Liwska began all her loud and quiet pictures in her mole-skinned sketch book.

    Here's an activity you can do this week. Take your camera, if you have one. If not, that's all right. Take your sketch pad. You don't have to be artistic. You are documenting all the loud and quiet moments you experience this week. Come the weekend, print all the Loud and Quiet times photos or use the sketches from your notebook. Create a paper book by folding 4-5 sheets of blank paper in half and stapling them in the middle. Arrange your best pictures, one on each page.

    Author Deborah Underwood said she came up with the idea for the Quiet Book while waiting for a concert to start. Using the pictures you collected into the book, describe the quiet and loud times you experienced this week.

    This part depends on age levels. All can do it. Smallest children can write one word, either what they were doing, or how that time made them feel. Was the loud time a parade? Write Parade. Or write a word about how it made you feel. Happy. Excited. Parents can help little ones by writing the word in a yellow highlighter and letting the child trace the letters. This is the beginning stages of letting writing.

    For older children, write a short paragraph about what was going on. Use adjectives for loud and quiet. Was there lots of booming noises at the parade? Or the splashing of a water park. The screaming of people on rides. Get my drift? What kind of noises did you hear during the quiet times? A clock ticking off the time until you could put the book down and go back out to play? Or maybe someone eating popcorn at the movies.

    Be descriptive.
    Have fun with making your own Loud and Quiet books.

    Make your own musical instruments.

    Drums out of coffee cans or other containers.
    Shakers from plastic bottles filled with rice or beans.
    Guitars made form tissue boxes wrapped with rubber bands.

    Have fun. Decorate them with paint, stickers or markers. Then get together as a family and play a few tunes.

    Come back Friday for the Author's Arena to learn more about the author of these books, Deborah Underwood, and Illustrator, Renata Liwska.

    Happy Reading,
    The Queen

    Monday, August 1, 2011

    The Quiet Book and The Loud Book: Book Introduction

    Here we are at a new month, Good Friends. School will be starting soon and what better way to get your little one's prepared than to introduce them to two very important concepts which will help them become better scholars. The first concept is when is it alright to be LOUD, and when is it necessary to be quiet.

    The two books I have chosen for this week are delightful, beautifully illustrated, and will provide many activities and discussion opportunities to help youngsters understand not only the difference between the two, but the appropriateness of each one.  

    Publisher and date: Houghton Mifflin Books/ 2010
    Reading level: Ages 4-8 Grades k-1 (pre-school)
    Genre: Fiction Picture Book
    ISBN: 978-0-547-21567-9

    Author: Deborah Underwood
    Illustrator: Renata Liwska

    Book Summary: This gentle picture book explores all the different quiets that can fill a child’s day from morning to night.

    Publisher and date: Houghton Mifflin Books/ 2011
    Reading level: Ages 4-8 Grades k-1 (pre-school)
    Genre: Fiction Picture book
    ISBN: 978-0-547-39008-6

    Illustrator: Renata Liwska

    Book Summary: Just as there are different kinds of quiet, there are also different kinds of loud.

    The Queen's Take On The Books
    Although I think parents and teachers can use these books to teach about loud and quiet times, there's more to these times than when it's good to be quiet, and when it's okay to be loud. The feelings behind the quiet moments, such as "Top of the roller coaster quiet" as opposed to the "Best friends don't need to talk quiet" both elicit different feelings. There's the expectant, hold-your-breath kind of quiet and the simply happy and content type of quiet. 

    The illustrations are enchanting and can be used for discussion prompts by themselves. Sometimes, such as "Coloring in the lines quiet" you can look at the background and surmise something else is at foot. Who drew on the wall and what will happen as a result? Turn the page to find out.  

    Discussion Questions:
    Go through the illustrated pages and make sure children understand some of the types of loud and quiet
    Ask, "What does Deafening Silence Loud, mean to you?" (as an example.) 

    Name some times when you have felt quiet. What was going on?
    Name some times when you have felt loud. What was going on, then? 

    Share some of your own loud and quiet times: hospital quiet; joy of good news loud; listening to a friend quiet; crying on a friend's should loud, are a few that I can think of. 

    Come back Wednesday for Adventure Activities of both the LOUD and quiet sort.