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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (May 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689876092
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689876097
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 0.2 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

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.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From School Library Journal

Grade 2-4-A boy feels the need for a calm, noise-free spot. He seems to live in a time decades ago if the cars and clothes in an early illustration are representative; however, most of the other full-page oil paintings are flights of fancy. While a variety of escape solutions are presented in text and art, they each seem to have negative aspects to them: the lilac bush is too close to home and "someone calls you to clean your room," the woods are "too dark and deep," the beach is "not your cup of tea," the desert is "a bit too dry," the fish in the pond "aren't biting," the cave could be "too cold and damp," legs are "too tired for climbing" to the top of the hill, "it's too warm for snowdrifts," the museum is closed, and the library isn't open. The final option of finding the quiet within may seem ideal to those who know the way to that place, but most children won't have the map. It seems a shame that all of the rich daydreams are shown to be potentially flawed rather than stops along the way. This is a lovely presentation of a concept that is sure to enchant adults and elude the audience for whom it may have been created.
Jody McCoy, The Bush School, Seattle, WA
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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What a great way to inspire childrens imagination... they can choose their quiet safe place.
Josie
Trust me folks, this is one you will want to make available for your child.
D. Blankenship

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 20, 2004
Format: Hardcover
A Quiet Place is a wonderful book to help kids realize that it is good for them to be quiet and think. With all the noise they experience during the day and their constant activities (including music, television, computers, electronic toys, etc.), it is so important for them to be able to think in quiet and daydream. This book gives wonderful examples of the different places a boy goes in his thoughts, and it shows him imagining himself to be different people or animals. For example, when walking on the beach he becomes an explorer discovering a lost continent, when laying in the snow he's a sleeping polar bear, when climbing a hill he becomes a mountain climber on top of the world, when visiting a museum he's an artist admiring his own masterpiece. It is extremely well written and captivating, and the illustrations are beautiful. I came upon this book at the library and am now on-line to order it for my 6 and 4 year old boys (who loved it).
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 19, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This story beautifully balances a child's inner self-esteem with a wonderful sense of adventure. The young boy in the book looks for "a quiet place" to escape from the intesity of the outside world. My son and I have read it every night for the last week, just before bed. Wonderful writing, truly breathtaking illustrations. The author's earlier work, GRANDAD'S PRAYER'S OF THE EARTH, is one of our favorites.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Blankenship HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on December 5, 2010
Format: Paperback
It would be quite difficult to find another book which better illustrates for children the power of imagination; the power to be alone in their own quite place, a place we all have...our mind.

The author begins this work with a declarative statement..."Sometimes a person needs a quiet place."

"A plce to rest your ears from
bells ringing and
whistles shreaking and
grown-ups talking and
engines roaring and
horns blaring and
grown-ups talking and
radios playing and
grown-ups....

Well, even grown-ups need a quiet place sometimes."

The author and illustrator, Dan Andreasen then take the young, and not so young, reader of a soaring journey through the possibilities of the mind. They start in the frantic clutter and confusion of the city and travel to...well, under a bush where pirates lurk and buried treasure is to be found. On then to the deep forest where it is dark and deep...flitting then to the sea where lost continents can be discovered and then with a blink of the eye to the desert; perhaps riding with the Pony Express!

The journey is not over though as the next page shifts to a quiet pond where one can become the world's greatest fisherman and frogs plop from lily pads. Then to a deep dark cavern..who knows what might be found...a saber-toothed tiger, an ancient cave dweller...but if the cave is too dark, cold and damp, then it is off to a far away mountain top, more than a hill, really. Spending the day at the North Pole making snow angles and frolicking with polar bears...hmmmm, too cold? Well a visit to a museum to admire your own masterpiece as it hangs on the wall with all the old Masters from the Bronze Age to now. Ah, but a secret corner in the library...
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M. RingswaldEgan on February 21, 2007
Format: Paperback
Douglas Wood is a breath a fresh air in our consumeristic world. He offers children a view of life that treasures the simple pleasures, and appreicate each moment life has to offer. A real find for children - AND adults.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Patricia A. Sumpter on May 26, 2009
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I purchased this book for my 8 year old granddaughter.
It was perfect for her but the best part was she loved the story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Petra Martin on July 22, 2009
Format: Paperback
In the book Building Emotional Intelligence: Techniques to Cultivate Inner Strength in Children, author Linda Lantieri recommeds "A Quiet Place" and other books to read to children. This one is special, though. I was able to read it to my son and, when I had finished, say, "What we're going to do now is find that quiet place inside you, so you can come back to it any time you need to."

It was the perfect introduction to the mindfulness and relaxation exercises we were about to begin doing together.

Of course, it doesn't hurt that I ADORED Old Turtle...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By denise shaw on July 22, 2013
Format: Paperback
I teach 3rd grade and ordered this book as a read aloud to inspire writing. I just read it and it brought tears to my eyes. It is so beautifully crafted and filled with inspiration and beauty! I can't wait to read it to my students!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Josie on January 31, 2014
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What a great way to inspire childrens imagination... they can choose their quiet safe place. I have used this in schools with a great response.
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