Synopses & Reviews
andlt;Iandgt;"Sometimes a person needs a quiet place."andlt;/Iandgt; andlt;BRandgt; A place that's far away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life --andlt;BRandgt; a place that isn't ringing or talking or roaring or playing.andlt;BRandgt; But sometimes that place isn't easy to find.andlt;BRandgt; Explore what it's like to find a special someplace where weandlt;BRandgt; all can think our own thoughts and feel our own feelings.
"Wood (Old Turtle) joins serene settings and dreams of adventure for a vivid romp through a child's imagination. Readers will relate to the ruddy-cheeked, blond city-dweller, who with hands clamped tightly over his ears yearns for respite from 'whistles shrieking and grown-ups talking and engines roaring and ... grown-ups talking....' In prose saturated with simile and metaphor, Wood suggests numerous subdued spots for solitude from ponds and deserts to caverns and museums and then interjects the boy's fantasies into the mix. 'You could look in the desert, where Old Man Saguaro reaches for the sky, and far-off thunderheads bloom like sky-flowers over the mesas... And you can be a Pony Express rider galloping through the Old West.' That fantasy can loom larger than life is reflected in the layout of each spread: a small painting of the boy in his quiet place faces a full-page rendering of his daydream. For example, readers glimpse the boy leaving footprints on a beach; opposite, he's a flag-planting conquistador on a sandy shore. Andreasen (The Stars that Shine) laces his realistic oil paintings with a touch of otherworldliness. In muted hues and soft edges, the artist conveys far-ranging settings the boy, who seems at home in a Rockwellian yesteryear, envisions himself also as prehistoric caveman, swashbuckling treasure-finder, spaceman, etc. These scenarios will hold children rapt until the concluding thought perhaps a bit lofty for the very young that people hold within themselves 'the very best quiet place of all.' Ages 3-7." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"In his latest effort, Wood hearkens back to a simpler time to suggest an alternative to the modern child....Solid soul guidance for a media-saturated society."andlt;BRandgt; --andlt;Iandgt;Kirkus Reviewsandlt;/Iandgt;
"The pretty, framed, full-page pictures have an old-fashioned Saturday Evening Post feel to them."andlt;BRandgt; --andlt;Iandgt;Booklistandlt;/Iandgt;
This poetic book from the author of "Making the World" encourages readers to find their "quiet place"--either outdoors or within themselves--and to explore adventures not only outside in the world but in their minds. Full color.
"Sometimes a person needs a quiet place."
A place that's far away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life --
a place that isn't ringing or talking or roaring or playing.
But sometimes that place isn't easy to find.
Explore what it's like to find a special someplace where we
all can think our own thoughts and feel our own feelings.
About the Author
Douglas Woodandlt;Bandgt; andlt;/Bandgt;is the author of andlt;iandgt;When a Dad Says and#8220;I Love Youandlt;/iandgt;,andlt;iandgt;and#8221; When a Grandpa Says and#8220;I Love Youandlt;/iandgt;,andlt;iandgt;and#8221;andlt;/iandgt; andlt;iandgt;The Secret of Saying Thanksandlt;/iandgt;,andlt;iandgt; andlt;/iandgt;and andlt;iandgt;A Quiet Placeandlt;/iandgt; as well as the andlt;iandgt;New York Timesandlt;/iandgt; bestselling Canand#8217;t Do series. His books andlt;iandgt;Old Turtleandlt;/iandgt; and andlt;iandgt;Old Turtle and the Broken Truthandlt;/iandgt; were both international bestsellers. Additional titles include andlt;iandgt;No One But Youandlt;/iandgt;, illustrated by P.J. Lynch; andlt;iandgt;Franklin and Winston: A Christmas That Changed The Worldandlt;/iandgt;, illustrated by Barry Moser; and andlt;iandgt;Where the Sunrise Beginsandlt;/iandgt;, illustrated by K.Wendy Popp. Douglas lives in a cabin in the woods of Minnesota. A studied naturalist, he shares his knowledge of nature as a wilderness guide.Dan Andreasen is the illustrator of numerous picture books, including andlt;iandgt;By the Dawnandrsquo;s Early Light: The Story of the Star-Spangled Bannerandlt;/iandgt; by Steven Kroll, which was named an ABA Kidsandrsquo; Pick of the Lists and a Notable Childrenandrsquo;s Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies; andlt;iandgt;A Quiet Placeandlt;/iandgt; by Douglas Wood; and andlt;iandgt;Sailor Boy Jigandlt;/iandgt; by Margaret Wise Brown. He has also authored several picture books, including andlt;iandgt;With a Little Help from Daddyandlt;/iandgt; and andlt;iandgt;A Special Day for Mommyandlt;/iandgt;. Dan lives with his family in Medina, Ohio.