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The Quiet Bookby Deborah Underwood and Renata Liwska
I am a person who greatly appreciates the quiet and solitary moments in life, especially in this society of ever-increasing noise, so it was quite refreshing to find The Quiet Book by Deborah Underwood. This book is a lovely journey through many different flavors of quiet ('coloring in the lines' quiet, 'best friends don't need to talk' quiet, 'last one to get picked up from school' quiet) and a reminder for adults about how to appreciate and reflect on many of the simpler, less chaotic times in our lives.
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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. With kid-centric descriptions and irresistible artwork, this gentle picture book explores all the different quiets that can fill a child' days from morning to night.
"'There are many kinds of quiet,' Underwood (Pirate Mom) writes, and this treasure of a book — which is appropriately gentle in both its understated text and artwork — catalogues many sorts of quiet that readers will recognize instantly. Some are lovely ('First one awake quiet'; 'Lollipop quiet'); some less so ('First look at your new hairstyle quiet'); and some are out-and-out problems ('Thinking of a good reason you were drawing on the wall quiet'). Throughout, Liwska's (Little Panda) subtly engaging illustrations, single-page vignettes in muted rusts, greens, and browns, imagine a community of young, delicately furred animals who ably reflect the emotions that each type of quiet elicits. A young moose's antlers peek provocatively from behind a swiveling office chair ('Hide-and-seek quiet'); a bear holds its paw over its eyes as a nurse prepares a hypodermic ('Pretending you're invisible quiet'); and an owl looks upwards with awe and clasps its wing to its chest ('First snowfall quiet'). Underwood's taxonomy of quiet will evoke soft smiles from listeners who are getting ready for 'bedtime kiss' quiet (and possibly, even later, for 'What flashlight?' quiet). Ages 3 — 5." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"This gentle picture book subtly explores the many different kinds of 'quiet.' Bears, rabbits, porcupines, mice, owls, moose, and wombats are depicted in situations that effectuate the notion of quiet throughout the daily life of a young child...A delightful and enchanting choice for storytime or sharing one-on-one." School Library Journal (starred review)
"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." Booklist
"There are many kinds of quiet," Underwood (Pirate Mom) writes, and this treasure of a book — which is appropriately gentle in both its understated text and artwork — catalogues many sorts of quiet that readers will recognize instantly...Underwood's taxonomy of quiet will evoke soft smiles from listeners who are getting ready for a 'bedtime kiss' quiet (and possibly, even later, for 'What flashlight?' quiet)." Publishers Weekly
"This gallery of quietude works for bedtime or calming down while also acknowledging that some quiet moods are less than happy...The final sequence — a nighttime car ride in the snow, peaceful steps to bedtime — makes a comforting end. Liwska colors her finely hatched pencil drawings with low-value, low-intensity hues, matching the theme of low aural volume with a muted but detailed visual quality that invites a close look. Soothing and layered." Kirkus
With kid-centric descriptions and irresistible artwork, this gentle picture book explores all the different quiets that can fill a child's days from morning to night. Full color.
A picture book about all different kinds of quiet, with illustrations by LITTLE PANDA's Renata Liwska.
The New York Times bestseller and bedtime favorite that explores all kinds of "quiets" is now available in a cozy padded board book edition!
Bedtime story meets Coachella in this adorable book about a sloth who packs up his pajamas to attends an arena festival for nappers, dozers, and the very best sleepyheads.
Snuggleford Cuddlebun is a champion sleeper. In fact, she's such a good sleeper that she decides to go to Snoozefest, an arena festival that celebrates sleep. There, she lounges in her hammock while bands like the Nocturnal Nesters and the Quiet Quartet serenade the audience with lullabies. There's warm milk and honey to be had, designer pajamas from Diane von Firstinbed, and no one dares be seen without a baby blanket. But before she knows it, the nuzzling, snuggling, and dreaming are over—and Snuggleford has slept through it all.
This hilariously endearing bedtime story is perfect for anyone who loves sloths, music festivals, and/or cuddles.
FROM THE #1 BESTSELLING CREATOR OF OTIS AND THE ILLUSTRATOR OF THE LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULD
On the farm where Otis the tractor lives, the farmer has introduced someone new—a scarecrow to shoo away the pesky crows. But when Otis and the animals greet the scarecrow with friendly smiles, the scarecrows frown never leaves his face. So everyone leaves him alone.
Then one day, when a cold autumn rain sets in, Otis and the animals snuggle close and play Otiss favorite game: the quiet game. Otis knows the puppy and ducks cant sit still for long, and soon the farm friends begin to giggle and squirm, feeling warmed by one anothers friendship . . . but on this day, Otis can't seem to take his eyes off the lonely figure in the cornfield.
A deeply resonant book about subtle acts of compassion and standing up for others, featuring everyone's favorite tractor, Otis.
Praise for OTIS AND THE SCARECROW:
"Otis the tractors goodhearted nature continues to shine in his fifth picture book." Publishers Weekly
Readers will enjoy this sixth tale of an admirable leader who does the right thing with quiet confidence.” Booklist
Teachers will see the connection between the lonely scarecrow and the outsider in the classroom and will be able to find many uses for this volume in the curriculum. Fans will enjoy this more cerebral Otis and might build a little empathy along the way.” Kirkus Reviews
Loren Long creates a perfect book for the beginning of the school year with "Otis and the Scarecrow."--Examiner.com
About the Author
Deborah Underwood has written many books for children. She lives in San Francisco and loves "cat sleeping on your stomach quiet" and "smelling lilacs quiet." Visit her online at www.DeborahUnderwoodBooks.com.
Renata Liwska lives and works in Calgary, Canada, with her illustrator husband, Mike. Her childhood memories are of growing up in Warsaw, Poland. Drawing a picture book quiet is Renata Liwska's favorite kind of quiet. Renata's previous picture books includes Little Panda which she wrote and illustrated.
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