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This Quiet Lady Hardcover – May, 1992

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books; 1 edition (May 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688093051
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688093051
  • Product Dimensions: 12.3 x 10.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,538,794 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

One of the most amazing discoveries a child makes is learning that their parents led a completely different life before their offspring came along. In this sensitive picture book, a girl winds her way through the house pointing out photographs of her mother at the various stages in her life: "This young lady laughing with those boys is my mother," or "This bride like a white flower is my mother." Zolotow's deceptively plain text manages to speak volumes when paired with Lobel's tender watercolor and gouache paintings. Much like a family album, the story spans one generation and flows smoothly into the next when the girl says proudly, "And here is where I begin." Each spread features a small, dark-toned painting that shows the young narrator while the facing page offers a richly colored painting of her smiling, dark-haired mother, sporting the appropriate period dress and hairstyle. An excellent choice for quiet mother-child sharing, this book speaks beyond its seeming slightness--and is sure to invite geneaology lessons filled with fond memories. Ages 3-up.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2-- Hats and flowers on the cover and lemon yellow endpapers introduce a simple, cheerful mother-daughter concept book with little plot. A small girl shows her doll pictures of her mother as a baby, a child holding her own doll, a schoolgirl, an adolescent, a graduate, and a wife and mother. The book ends with a new ``beginning,'' the birth and baby picture of the narrator. Lobel's soft-toned, watercolor and gouache full-page renditions of the ages and stages that chronicle a woman's life are pleasantly posed and show her smiling sweetly. The central theme, that females are bonded in the shared destiny of motherhood and the continuity of life, is one that will appeal to many. This is a celebration of traditional values and social roles, and for just that reason, may not be everyone's cup of tea. Zolotow's gentle text is direct, repetitive, and polished--ideal for reading aloud. --Shirley Wilton, Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Xeneri on June 6, 2000
Format: Paperback
"This Quiet Lady " would be my perfect Mother's Day Gift. The story is simple: a little girl is looking at photographs of her mother through the years. Her mothers as a baby, as a baby, young girl, bride, and then, finally, as a mother. `This quiet lady, lovely and my mother...And here is where I begin."
Each description of the mother is accompanied by beautiful illustrations showing all the life and love of her mother. This is a lyrically sweet book and one to be shared with your daughters...and your mothers. Trust me....don't just buy it for your it for your mother.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C S on March 4, 2009
Format: Paperback
This is a touching and sweet title that shows a little girl growing up to be the main character's mother through a series of pictures at various stages of life. We especially liked the picture of the young girl with the Beatles lunchbox and wrinkled stockings. When we read this one aloud to a child, at the end of each page we amend the text to insert the child's name (e.g. Emma), so for example, "This baby smiling in her bassinet under the crocheted throw is Emma's mama." The connection is then made that the child's mother had also been a little girl and we can see how the mama went through various stages in growing up to become a mother. It is very sweet, endearing and still a favorite.
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Format: Paperback
I was searching for some realistic fiction picture books for the children's literature class when I came upon this gem, published in 1992. Zolotow has written a number of realistic fiction picture books. This book brought tears to my eyes.

In each double-page spread, on one side a young girl looks, in various locations in the house, at photographs of her mother at different ages. She describes each photograph in one sentence beginning with "This" and ending with "is my mother." The "photographs" take up the full-page other half of the spread, in Lobel's lovely watercolor and gouache illustrations. The book ends with an illustration of the narrator as a baby with her mother and the text, "And here is where I begin."

The book is perfect as a read-aloud for very young children, and the short and repetitive text is also good for beginning readers. I also think this would be a lovely gift for Mother's Day, especially for a mom who was a child in the 60s and a teen in the 70s, like the mother in the illustrations (and like me).
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