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The Quiet Place Hardcover – September 18, 2012

4.7 out of 5 stars 15 ratings

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K-Gr 3-Set in 1957, this epistolary story is told in 12 letters from a child to her Aunt Lupita. Isabel, her parents, and her older brother emigrate from Mexico to the United States, leaving her aunt behind. From her new home, Isabel writes about her struggle with learning English, starting school, helping her mother bake cakes for children's parties, and building her "quiet place"--a cardboard playhouse where she feels safe. Central to the story, the construction of Isabel's project closely follows her gradual adjustment to her new life. Small gives glimpses at the process throughout the book, starting with very shy Isabel asking for a discarded birthday box and ending with her unveiling her completed project at her birthday party, attended by everyone in the neighborhood. Spread over a double-page foldout, the "quiet place" explodes with color, lavishly decorated with Isabel's art. No longer merely a comfy space, it transforms into a place for connecting with new friends, a symbol for fitting in. Drawn in Small's signature style, the delicate but vibrant illustrations, along with the pithy narrative vignettes, poignantly capture the emotional hardships and triumphs of the immigrant experience. Another gem from this dynamic team.-Yelena Alekseyeva-Popova, formerly at Chappaqua Library, NYα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


“Articulating our experience can provide important perspective as we confront new challenges. The anxiety that comes of being uprooted is tenderly explored in 'The Quiet Place,' an immigrant tale by Sarah Stewart and the illustrator David Small, award-winning collaborators.” ―The New York Times Book Review

“A warm, gentle portrait of an immigrant's isolation and the ways that creativity and a loving family can offer both a safe haven and a bridge.” ―Kirkus, starred

“A moving, memorable portrayal of one child's immigrant experience.” ―Booklist, starred

“Stewart and Small offer a stirring, backyard-size metaphor for the determination and drive for self-betterment that characterize the immigrant experience.” ―Publishers Weekly, starred

“It's such a fascinating place.” ―BCCB

Product details

  • Lexile Measure : AD540L
  • Grade Level : 1 - 2
  • Item Weight : 14.2 ounces
  • Hardcover : 44 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0374325650
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0374325657
  • Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); 1st Edition (September 18, 2012)
  • Product Dimensions : 8.9 x 0.39 x 11.3 inches
  • Language: : English
  • Reading level : 5 - 9 years
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.7 out of 5 stars 15 ratings