BOOK TITLE: Holler Loudly
AUTHOR: Cynthia Leitich Smith
ILLUSTRATOR: Barry Gott
SUMMARY OF BOOK: Holler Loudly is a young boy (with the first name Holler) with a very big voice that causes disruptions. Everyone in town wishes he could contain himself. When a huge tornado arrives, the townsfolk learn to appreciate Holler for who he is – loud voice and all. Download this Activity Sheet in PDF.
Ask questions and use what the child already knows to add to the discussion, assisting the child in understanding and enjoying the book.
- Just by looking at the cover of the book, ask your child to wonder what the book will be about.
- Point to the pictures and ask what the expressions on people’s faces mean, for example, does she look worried or scared? “Do you think these feelings will be important to the story?”
- Compare before/after pictures, calm and then chaos.
- “What are people doing when Holler yells?”
- Try a LOUD voice when you see LOUD a hush voice. Point to the words and have your child say them.
- Talk about what tornadoes are.
- “What’s your favorite part? Why?” Take turns acting it out.
- “Holler is really loud; where would be a good place for you to use a Holler voice?”
- Fill an empty bottle half-full with water and swirl it around. Explain how that water movement is like a tornado’s whirling.
- Go back through the book and this time, imagine what Holler could hear if he were listening.
- Alaska may not have tornadoes, but we do have extreme weather or earthquakes. Talk with your child about how to prepare for disasters.
Compliments of: Rasmuson Foundation
Created by: Students at the University of Alaska Anchorage