Tuesday, May 11, 2010

All Things Kid Lit: The Quiet Book

book cover of Quiet Book by Deborah UnderwoodPicture Book Pick of the Week:

The Quiet Book
by Deborah Underwood
illustrated by Renata Liwska
Grades PreK-K

First one awake quiet.
Don’t scare the robin quiet.
Others telling secrets quiet. Bedtime kiss quiet. 
Morning to nightfall, how many types of quiet can you find in one day?
 From Booklist (February 15, 2010 (Vol. 106, No. 12)
Silence is the story in these simple scenarios, featuring young animal characters, that show suspense, eloquence, and surprise in what looks like emptiness. The tense scenes between characters balance quiet before a big noise: at the top of a roller coaster; before a concert starts; right before someone yells, “Surprise!” Then there is the magical transformation of a silent snowfall and the comfort of a bedtime kiss. The digitally colored pencil illustrations show a cast of young animals––bear, rabbit, porcupine, owl, and more––and some of the illustrations may be a bit muted for young preschoolers. But children will enjoy talking about the feelings that are shown, and every page tells a different story. The most moving scenes leave space for imagining. “Best friends don’t need to talk,” for example, is illustrated with a blissful scene of togetherness that children will relate to their own lives.

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6 comments:

Zibilee said...

This would be the perfect read for a friend's granddaughter. She is just learning to read on her own, and the simple style of this book, coupled with the great illustrations would probably interest her a lot. Thanks for sharing this review. I will be pointing this book out to my friend, and also pointing her towards this review!

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Milli said...

Aww, children's book are the best...

SariJ said...

When my son was young I would have loved a book like The Quiet Book. Six year old boys do not know the meaning of the word. Thanks for sharing.

Ryan G said...

Adorable book and I love the illustrations.

Marcia said...

Thanks for posting these! I hadn't heard of the Quiet Book; look forward to trying it out on my sons.

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