Boomer's Literacy Questions
What is Boomer’s big problem in the story? (Beginning)
littering his home. He had to spend all his time cleaning up his habitat
instead of hunting for food or resting in the sun. Littering was ruining
his happy life.
Give four events in order of time leading up to the solving of
the problem. (Middle)
- (1) Boomer used
his tongue to pick up litter. (2) More people came to see the wrestling
matches and littered more than he could handle. (3) Children picnicking
dropped litter on the ground. (4) Girls canoeing tossed a water bottle
into his habitat. (5) Boys fishing dropped a plastic bag into the river.
How does he solve the problem? (Middle)
told people to stop the littering of his home using his deep, loud “Jugarump”
voice. Boomer became a local hero and role model for all frogs. His
success encouraged him to change his message. He became hero of his
local area, the river and then the whole world.
What is the surprise ending for Boomer? (Ending)
became popular throughout the country and the world. He was awarded the
highest possible award, The Noble Frog Peace Prize.
What is the author’s message or main idea in the
-Everyone can be
empowered to solve problems to help others and themselves. We need to
take personal action to solve environmental problems such as global
thoughts…they become words.
words…they become actions.
actions…they become habits.
habits…they become your character.
Watch your character…it becomes your
We need to initiate children at the
primary level to think, discuss, and act at an appropriate level to
start the educational process of caring for this planet..
What is the setting for the story?
along a river -Bullfrogs do not live in the middle of a river.
Use 5 words (adjectives) to describe the main character in the
-big, strong, loud,
humungous, thunderous, annoying, handsome, wise, smiling mouth, pancake
ears, crooked, olive green back, slimy bright yellow belly, attractive,
enormous, bloated belly, long, sticky tongue,
How will reading this story help you in life?
-We learn many facts
about Bullfrogs. We learn that anyone can become empowered to do great
things by solving problems that seem too difficult at first.
9. Why is
BOOMer Rules a good title for the story?
-At first the story
was called, Boomer’s Famous Song then Boomer Rocks. BOOMer Rules plays
on the word BOOM! “Rules” indicates everyone like Boomer can solve big
or little problems if they try hard enough. It makes you want to find
out why Boomer Rules or is a hero.
10. Read the story again to find six
similes. (comparison using like or as)
-like thunder and
rattled windows, like two bulky bubbles-like two grunting Sumo
wrestlers-as if he was a basketball player-as big as a balloon-like an
arrow-like a bullet
11. Read the story again to find any
evidence of alliteration. (consecutive words starting with the same
beautiful brown eyes, pancake patches, bloated bellies, bottle bounced,
12. Find proof of the use of ours five
senses in the story.
noise, perfumed scented Water Lilies, tasty flies, green back, slimy
13. What is your favourite illustration
in the story?
14. How did the author use humour to
-wresting match, Jugarump noise, tongue clean up, girlfriends, caught boat with tongue,
Noble Frog Peace Prize.
does the author’s “Voice” or passion come through in the story? Very
Boomer’s thoughts and deeds, interesting nature facts, passion for
nature-BOOMer’s voice is
the voice of nature, children, environmentalist who want a healthy
habitat. It is the heart and soul of the person writing the story or
the author’s passion expressed in words and in the illustrations. (
caring, sensitive, compassionate voice that is concerned about children
and the environment)-BOOMer’s voice is omnipresent throughout the story.
does the author use imagery to give you a clear picture of events?
noise-perfumed scented lilies-bulky bubble eyes-pancake
patches-humungous mouth-singing duel-grunting Sumo wrestlers
author has written six books. Where does he get his inspiration to write
–nature and people, observations, animals, love and respect for
our environment, children’s conversations, humourous situations.