- Age Range: 3 - 5 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children (April 12, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0547215673
- ASIN: B004TE6TRG
- Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 7.1 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 154 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,007,872 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Amazon Best Books of the Month, April 2010: Give Goodnight Moon and Goodnight Gorilla the night off and pick up this new bedtime classic. This pitch-perfect picture book by Deborah Underwood and illustrator Renata Liwska will quell the pre-bedtime crazies. With the softest of opening salvos--"There are many kinds of quiet"--the story reflects all the different peaceful moments during the day, like "Coloring in the lines quiet," "Hide and seek quiet," and of course "Bedtime kiss quiet." The repetitive pattern of the text paired with softly colored illustrations of adorable stuffed animals is better than a lullaby. --Lauren Nemroff
There are many kinds of quiet:
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's days from morning to night.
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From School Library Journal
Starred Review. Kindergarten-Grade 1—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. For example, the "first one awake quiet" shows a rabbit doing his morning stretches. In "Right before you yell, 'SURPRISE!' quiet," three animal friends crouch behind a couch. "Making a wish quiet" presents a contemplative porcupine sitting on a stool wearing a party hat. A bear and a rabbit playing tag with the waves at the beach symbolize, "Best friends don't need to talk quiet." The soft, matte feel of the illustrations, created with pencil, are digitally enhanced, and are priceless. The animals' facial expressions and body language are endearing. White space is used creatively to emphasize the mostly gray or brown palette. All of the scenarios are child-centric and realistic. A delightful and enchanting choice for storytime or sharing one-on-one.—Anne Beier, Hendrick Hudson Free Library, Montrose, NY
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My kids (like most kids) have a heckuva time settling down to sleep, so we read them a book (or three) to close out the day and get them ready to sleep. Deborah Underwood's The Quiet Book has become a tradition in our household, for those nights when Curious George isn't getting them in a restful mood.
I love the very quiet mood of the book... the illustrations are gentle, muted colors, but with little details that keep kids engaged, searching the illustrations for their favorite parts. When we read this book, I have enacted a 'whispers-only' rule, so the kids think it's exciting, like we're sharing a secret. Liwska's animal characters vividly (but quietly) show a lot of emotion, and I think that's what my kids respond to ("look, the porcupine is saaaaad...").
Then there's the text. The illustrations are great, but I think you need to give a lot of credit to Underwood's text in this case... she takes the concept of rhyming and a concrete plotline, and throws it right out the window. It's NOT true that text has to rhyme to engage a child, and it's NOT true that kids can't deal in abstractions. Kudos to Deborah Underwood for giving our kids credit for being smarter than a lot authors give them credit for. That said, the book does have a plotline... But like the book, it's quiet and muted.
The ultimate test of any kids book, of course, is if KIDS actually like it. My kids love it so much that they bring it to me to be read, even when it's not bedtime. They also asked me to bring it to their school when we had a 'parents read' day.
So I give The Quiet Book five stars, each of which is well-earned, in my opinion.
I enjoyed The Quiet Book so much that I actually bought it and had it sent to my niece's daughter. Their whole family has enjoyed it very much.
It is a delightful book to read anytime, but with it's sweet pictorial style and few words, it will make a great book to alternate with Goodnight, Moon as a bedtime book.
It won't be long before your favorite children will be reading it to you!!
The illustrations, which are both adorable and imaginative, reveal depth and create a storyline beyond the immediate words on the page.
I read The Quiet Book to my 3-year-old for the first time yesterday and she was so enthralled and asked so many questions that it turned into a wonderful 20-minute interactive learning and discussing experience for both mother and daughter.