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Quiet Hardcover – Import, 9 October 2018
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"A grandfather walks with two children, pointing out the busyness in nature around them.... Simple, straightforward, and effective, this book gently encourages children to find comfort in their own quiet moments."
"A grandfather, a girl, a boy, and their dog...out for a walk notice the busyness of the natural world around them... [then] all becomes calm, and the children notice the value of being quiet (“I can think, when I’m quiet”) and still (“I can see, when I’m still”).... [a] paean to the virtue of taking time out for reflection (and giving a grandpa a rest). Soft pastel shades, long gentle contours, and plenty of white space create a properly serene world to take in. Call to contemplation, or a grandpa trap? Well, why can’t it be both?"
― Horn Book Magazine
"Nature is a whirl of activity—“busy as busy can be,” renowned children’s book creator dePaola writes... But the grandfather has an idea: he asks the children to sit, “quiet and still,” on a bench with him. As the trio settles, the rest of the world seems to slow, too—and everything and everyone seems more alive and aware... Rendered in soft pastel tones and generous white space and using minimal, poetic text, the book itself embodies the beauty of quietude. DePaola reminds the reader that the great rush of life is not all it’s cracked up to be—and that pausing can open people, and moments, to wonder." ― Publishers Weekly
"In a park one day, a girl, boy, and their grandfather enjoy observing the busy activities of the creatures around them... Soon both children come to appreciate the benefits of being quiet. DePaola’s signature cartoon illustrations are done with transparent acrylics and colored pencils using a muted palette that aptly matches the story’s theme: “To be quiet and still is a special thing.” ...the value of taking time to remain quiet is an important message to share with children." ― School Library Journal
About the Author
- Publisher : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Illustrated edition (9 October 2018)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 32 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1481477544
- ISBN-13 : 978-1481477543
- Reading age : 4 - 8 years
- Item Weight : 345 g
- Dimensions : 22.86 x 1.02 x 22.86 cm
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#655,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #11,079 in Children's Family, Personal & Social Issues (Books)
- #14,194 in Children's Science, Nature & Technology (Books)
- #17,914 in Children's Fantasy (Books)
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Illustrated in dePaola’s signature style, Quiet takes readers on a walk with what we assume is a grandfather (who looks remarkably like dePaola…) and his two grandchildren. The grandfather pauses to point out how everything around them, not the people but even the animals, seems to be in a hurry. From there, the trio stops to sit, to be still, to be quiet, and to be with each other. In the end, they realize that “to be quiet and still is a special thing.” The illustrations are colorful and vibrant, but still peaceful, with lots of white space in most of the full-page spreads; the text is sparse yet intentional and powerful on each page.
Though I try to be diligent about having lots of down time in my girls’ lives, between the different schedules we have it can be hard to actually stop, sit, and be quiet— especially to do so with each other! While my girls enjoy the calm of this book, as well as pointing out the details of dePaola’s illustrations, we’ve all enjoyed the challenge to be still and to enjoy being still… Which, to be honest, is difficult for me to do!
Do yourself and your children a favor and check this book out. Find a time to read it together, and then find a time to just “be” together. Enjoy each other’s presence, and notice what you can think and see when you stop to be quiet.
Publishers recommend for ages 4-8, but this can definitely be enjoyed younger and would make a great mentor text for talking with older children about mindfulness and slowing down! See temporary link in bio for an Amazon affiliate link to this book.