The Quiet Book
by Deborah Underwood
illustrated by Renata Liwska
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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