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. 


The Book Chook said...

This kind of book really does invite discussion, and quiet or noisy thoughtfulness.

Jackie Castle said...

I absolutely loved them. They are very thoughtful books. More than just the when to make noise and when to be quiet.