Thursday, July 28, 2011

The Quiet Book

Underwood, D. (2010). The quiet book. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children.
This book is on the 2011 Notable Books for Children list.

Who would have thought that there were so many types of being quiet?  Underwood does a fabulous job of delivering the message of quiet and the illustrations by Renata Liwska complement the text beautifully!  As the animals experience different events and activities that would cause one to be quiet, you can see their feelings in their facial expressions. From sad, to scared, to nervous to observant, the animals go through many different emotions as they are "quiet" throughout the book.  To describe quiet as being "first look at your new hairstyle quiet" and "last one to get picked up from school quiet" leaves so much room for discussion with young readers.  I can't wait to read this book to my K-2 students!

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