Sunday, January 9, 2011

The TTLG 2011 Picture Book Celebration - Book Nine

Many of us spend our lives constantly on the run. We are always doing something, and rarely take the time to be still and enjoy a moment of quiet. This splendid picture book explores the idea that quiet moments are good moments.

Deborah Underwood
Illustrated by Renata Liwska
Picture Book
Ages 5 to 7
Houghton Mifflin, 2010, 978-0-547-21567-9
As you go about your day, there are times when all the hustle and bustle around you seems to fade away. There are quiet moments when you can take in the world around you, enjoy the peace, or contemplate what is coming.
   This very special picture book looks at all the different kinds of quiet that a collection of animal children experience during a normal day. The little rabbit begins its day with the quiet that you experience when you are the “first one awake.” In school, a little bear enjoys that “coloring in the lines quiet” that children enjoy. The little moose experiences an altogether different sort of quiet when someone discovers the drawing on the wall that he created. The little mouse shares a moment of quiet with the rabbit when they suck on lollipops. Later the rabbit takes a quiet moment while he contemplates whether or not Aunt Tillie’s iguana is the kind of animal who might bite.
   With beautifully atmospheric pictures throughout, this book perfectly captures those moments when there is a pause in the day, and when little people (and big people) are able to experience a little scrap of quietness. 

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