Perfect Picture Book Friday: The Quiet Book
Well, yes, I do. Although I’m a fairly sociable person, I’ve always loved solitude and silence. I don’t get bored or antsy when I’m alone, and I never notice the absence of sound, except perhaps to think, “Ah, now isn’t that nice?” Like my father used to do, I’m usually singing to myself anyway — and if I’m not, my thoughts are noisy enough as they are.
Now that I’m a parent, and a pretty new one at that, I’ve of course discovered that moments of complete silence — much less whole days — are hard to come by. That’s why I was naturally drawn to Deborah Underwood’s The Quiet Book, and why I keep coming back to it even though my boys are still too young to enjoy it. It calls to me over and over — ever so quietly — from its spot on the bookshelf, and as the twins gleefully bang toys against the wall, I’m compelled to slip through its pages, enjoying the moment of peace within.
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The Quiet Book
Written by: Deborah Underwood
Illustrated by: Renata Liwska
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children (April 12, 2010)
Genre: Picture Book/Fiction
Themes/Topics: Animals, Friendship, Emotions, Peaceful Moments
Opening and Brief Synopsis:
There are many kinds of quiet:
Quiet can be delicate.
Quiet can be thundering!
Quiet can be sweet, and cozy,
and can most definitely help you fall asleep.
A gentle exploration of all the different kinds of quiet a child can experience during a busy day, from “don’t scare the robin quiet” to “lollipop quiet.”
Links to Resources:
The Castle Library: ideas for helping kids create their own quiet books (adaptable for all ages)
Why I Like This Book: The Quiet Book is exactly what the title says — a sweet, quiet book perfect for a whispered bedtime lullaby or any time the kids need to take it down a notch. While not a traditional story, per se, the simple text works so cleverly with Liwska’s warm illustrations that by the end you realize Underwood has taken you on a subtle journey through a child’s day, telling little stories along the way and giving kids plenty of details to discover. The book is comforting, funny, adorable, witty, and charming, and sets the imagination on a quest to explore your own favorite kinds of quiet.
Perfect Picture Book Fridays is a shared weekly event started by children’s author Susanna Leonard Hill. You can find the entire list of recommended picture books on the Perfect Picture Books page on her blog.