The Resource Quiet, Tomie dePaola

Quiet, Tomie dePaola

Label
Quiet
Title
Quiet
Statement of responsibility
Tomie dePaola
Creator
Author
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
While observing the busy world around them, two children and their grandfather take a moment to appreciate being quiet and still
Tone
Illustration
Review
  • Preschool-Grade 1 A grandfather walks with two children, pointing out the busyness in nature around them. Birds are flying, a dog is chasing a ball, a frog is jumping, a dragonfly is zooming, and trees are waving their leaves. The grandfather invites the children to pause and be still. As they sit, the narrative takes a cyclical turn and revisits each thing previously described. Now the birds are roosting and singing. The dog has fallen asleep, and the frog and dragonfly are calm. Most of the acrylic and colored-pencil illustrations, in dePaola’s signature style, appear on crisp, white backgrounds, and occasionally some natural elements extend beyond the light green frame of the pages, which creates a sense of expansiveness. The book’s central messages are emphasized by full-page portraits of the children: the dark-haired, brown-eyed girl says, “I can think, when I’m quiet,” while the red-headed boy with green eyes adds, “I can see, when I’m still.” Simple, straightforward, and effective, this book gently encourages children to find comfort in their own quiet moments. -- Lucinda Whitehurst (Reviewed 7/1/2018) (Booklist, vol 114, number 21, p67)
  • PreS-Gr 2—In a park one day, a girl, boy, and their grandfather enjoy observing the busy activities of the creatures around them. Birds hurry across the sky. Their dog chases a ball. A frog jumps and a dragonfly zooms. Even leaves on the trees are moving. So grandfather suggests they sit together quietly. Coincidentally, all the animals that were previously active pause as well. The birds sit on tree branches singing, the dog falls asleep, the frog just sits and blinks, and the dragonfly stops beating its wings. Soon both children come to appreciate the benefits of being quiet. DePaola's signature cartoon illustrations are done with transparent acrylics and colored pencils using a muted palette that aptly matches the story's theme: "To be quiet and still is a special thing." All the spreads are bordered in pastel green and contain fun details such as a parade of ladybugs walking across a leaf and animal activities below ground. White space greatly increases when animals and humans are at rest. Although the animals' cessation of activities just when the humans decide to do so seems somewhat contrived, the value of taking time to remain quiet is an important message to share with children. VERDICT Best shared one-on-one or as a small group mediation.—Marianne Saccardi, Children's Literature Consultant, Cambridge, MA --Marianne Saccardi (Reviewed 10/01/2018) (School Library Journal, vol 64, issue 10, p55)
  • Nature is a whirl of activity—“busy as busy can be,” renowned children’s book creator dePaola writes—when a scarf-clad grandfather (who resembles the author) goes walking in the park with two of his grandchildren. A dragonfly buzzes through the air, a frog jumps into the pond, the trees wave in a breeze, and the family’s dog is full of energy. But the grandfather has an idea: he asks the children to sit, “quiet and still,” on a bench with him. As the trio settles, the rest of the world seems to slow, too—and everything and everyone seems more alive and aware. “I can think, when I’m quiet,” the girl says. “I can see, when I’m still,” says the boy. Rendered in soft pastel tones and generous white space and using minimal, poetic text, the book itself embodies the beauty of quietude. DePaola reminds the reader that the great rush of life is not all it’s cracked up to be—and that pausing can open people, and moments, to wonder. Ages 4–8. Agent: Doug Whiteman, Whiteman Agency. (Oct.)
			 --Staff (Reviewed 08/06/2018) (Publishers Weekly, vol 265, issue 32, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ A white-bearded grandfather imparts his gentle wisdom to his grandchildren—a girl and a boy—as they meander through a placid green space. Together, the grandfather and children make note of the bustling natural world. The birds are flying, the dog is running; everyone seems to be in a hurry. The grandfather suggests that the children try another way of being with him, sitting quietly on a bench. The creatures around them respond to their stillness, also taking a moment to rest. As the book draws toward its close, each child is featured in a full-page portrait illustration, gazing out as they note what the quiet and stillness offers to them: "I can think, when I'm quiet. / I can see, when I'm still." It seems as though the prolific author and illustrator dePaola is speaking directly to readers on these pages, passing on his own insight. His signature illustration style is so simple that it feels fresh. Thick outlines separate individual shapes, and the muted palette epitomizes softness. A single white lotus floats in a small pond on the final page, perhaps paying homage to contemplative practices such as mindfulness that encourage making space for quiet reflection in our busy lives. Children and grandfather have light skin, the girl with straight black hair and the boy with a curly red mop. A lovely, simple reminder to pause and notice this life. (Picture book. 4-8) (Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2018)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10732884
Cataloging source
PNX
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1934-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
DePaola, Tomie
Dewey number
[E]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
PZ7.D439
LC item number
Qui 2018
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 2
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Quietude
  • Grandfathers
Target audience
primary
Label
Quiet, Tomie dePaola
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781481477543
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2017008358
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1054786851
Label
Quiet, Tomie dePaola
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781481477543
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2017008358
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1054786851

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