This book cracked me up! Partly because I could relate to it but mostly because of the witty way that it is written! I have a very loud five year old in my house. She doesn’t seem to understand the difference between inside voice and outside voice. We are constantly telling her “use your inside voice,” “the baby is sleeping,” “you don’t need to shout.” You get the picture. The girl is loud! That’s why I was excited to read Decibella and her 6-inch Voice to her! I was curious if she would make the connection.
Decibella, as insinuated by her name is TOO loud! She doesn’t seem to have an inside voice either. Her name is actually Isabella but as often happens, she’s developed a nickname based on her bad habits.
Her teacher has a little chat with her and explains the different voices she has and when they are appropriate. She does it much more cleverly and uses code words that make more sense to a child than just inside and outside voice. For example, there’s also the strong speaker voice and the whisper voice. She explains that there are many variations between inside and outside voices. Sometimes it’s confusing, especially when a child who is constantly shushed is asked to speak louder like when in front of the classroom.
This book beautifully explains to children not just HOW to speak appropriately but when and where. I think the language used is really helpful and I’ve gotten in the habit of using some of the phrases from this book with Paige to help her understand.
She thought the book was funny and laughed a lot and I had to explain to her that SHE sometimes does this because she really doesn’t realize that she does it. That’s the hard part! It didn’t make it click with her just by reading it but with me reinforcing the language and gently reminding her, she has taken some steps towards using appropriate voices.
The illustrations are fanciful and fun and will have your kids engaged and entertained.
Decibella is a great way to help kids understand the different levels of their voice and when they should use them. This would make a cute gift for all the loud mouths on your Christmas list!
About the Book
If you are encouraging social emotional learning in your classroom, the story of Decibella will speak volumes to your students, especially those who need precise examples to follow for using appropriate behavior.
Isabella is a spirited girl who enjoys shouting out her thoughts, ideas and feelings. In fact, she loves using her loud voice so much; it’s earned her the nickname “Decibella!” Young readers will be entertained as they see how Isabella learns the “five volumes” of voice and discovers that different situations require a different tone.
Award-winning author Julia Cook uses a fun, yet educational, style to show kids how and when to use their five voices – whisper, 6-inch, table-talk, strong speaker and outside. This is the latest addition to her Communicate with Confidence series, which emphasizes skills to help young children be better communicators.
Watch Julia Cook on Youtube talking about the communication book series
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