Written and Illustrated by: Kristen Balouch
Preview and Predict
When the little little girl with the big big voice goes looking for someone to play with, she finds several animals but they all keep running away! That is until she meets the lion who isn't afraid of her big voice and can be just as loud as she is. Start off by considering the front cover and illustrations, and make predictions together about what the story will be about and what you will find within its pages.
What do you see on the cover?
Wow, the little girl's mouth is as big as her whole body! What do you think she is doing? Is she laughing? Singing? Talking?
What animal does this tail belong to? Let's flip the book over and see!
Why do you think there is a lion here?
What do you think the story will be about?
Do you have a big big voice or a little little voice? What can you do with your voice?
As You Read
Be sure to point to the words as you read. This will help establish the concept of print, that words move from left to right across the page and that each word you are saying corresponds to a word on the page. Let your child engage with the story, even if s/he isn't reading by pausing at parts and letting him/her fill in the blank. For example, when you come to a new animal that your child can identify using the illustrations, stop before you read its name and let your child say it or say it together. Say, "One day she went to find someone to play with. She came upon an..... what animal did she find?" This will allow your child to engage while also finding the words in his/her vocabulary to describe the scene that s/he is looking at.
Encourage your child to ask questions, and ask quick comprehension and prediction questions as you go along like, "What do you think scared the snake away? Do you think it would be fun to swing with a snake? What color is the snake?"
This little girl isn't afraid to be her loud self, even if it scares away the animals. All she has to do is wait to find a friend that is like her and it's the beginning of a beautiful friendship. This is the lesson to be learned from this story, and the one that you can share with your child. Ask questions like:
Did you like that story? What was your favorite picture/part?
Why do all of the animals run away from her except for the lion? What do she and the lion have in common?
Do you have friends that are like you? How are you alike? (Age, height, shared interests) How are you different?
The little girl has a really big voice because she wants to be heard. Maybe she has lots of things on her mind that she wants to say. It is always important to speak your mind and let people know what you are thinking! Right now, I'm thinking...
Extending the Story
Put On A Play!
This story is very simple to reenact, so work together to put on a production of "The Little Little Girl with the Big Big Voice". First, you'll need to cast the characters. Your child can play the part of the little girl/boy, but you should find animals that s/he is trying to befriend. Gather several stuffed animals that s/he thinks would be timid around a loud person. Then find a stuffed animal that will play the part of the lion in the story. The animals don't have to match up exactly to the story, but you should have several different ones. You can act as the voices for the different animals so play up your role and have fun! Re-read the story to determine what each animal would say and what the little girl would say. Create the set in your living room with lamps standing in as trees, a green sheet laid out for the grass and any other props and set pieces you think are necessary. Then gather your audience (family members or curious stuffed animals) and let the show begin!