Spunky, spirited Decibella loves to be loud. Maybe that’s why her name is Decibella?
She shouts every time she answers a question, offers an opinion, shares a thought, or makes a request. It doesn’t matter if she’s sitting in a classroom, browsing for books in the library, ordering food in a restaurant, or watching a movie in the theater. Her voice volume is always on full blast.
Decibella is so loud, she’s hurting ears, startling wait staff, disrupting classmates, and annoying moviegoers. She doesn’t realize different environments and situations sometimes demand a softer, quieter voice. That is until a caring teacher introduces her to the silly-sounding word “Slurpadoodle” and the five volumes of voice (Whisper, 6-inch, Table Talk, Strong Speaker, and Outside).
With a little practice, patience, and persistence, can Decibella become a voice volume expert? Or will her volume be permanently stuck on shout?
A special page written specifically for parents and educators offers insightful and practical strategies to help children understand when and how to have a proper voice volume.
Fans of the original story will find more inclusive, empathetic, and empowering dialogue and situations in this revised second edition!
Decibella and Her 6-inch Voice, Second Edition, is one of four stories in award-winning author Julia Cook’s Communicate with Confidence series, which includes The Technology Tail, Gas Happens, and Well I Can Top That!. For communications-based activity ideas, try The Techno Smart Activity Book.
A fresh story about a young girl who needed to learn to talk softer….Humorously exaggerated illustrations of Decibella and her large mouth of teeth help express the Outside Voices or the 5th volume level. Decibella and Her 6-inch Voice is a great tool to help teach young students proper voice control in a fun, exciting story.”
~The Midwest Book Review, Children’s Bookwatch, July 2014
“Julia Cook has done it again. In the spirit of her previous work, she has taken a social concept and defined it with a child-friendly story and engaging main character. Julia offers a non-judging and child-friendly approach to teaching the hard parts of social interaction. Decibella and Her 6-inch Voice is one of those ‘must have’ gems that every teacher can use over and over again.”
~Kari Dunn Buron, Education Specialist and Author