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The Quiet Place (2012)

by Sarah Stewart(Favorite Author)
4.07 of 5 Votes: 4
0374325650 (ISBN13: 9780374325657)
Farrar Straus Giroux
review 1: This is a book about a girl who uses letters to communicate with her Aunt. As she moves to the United States she misses her home and the things she had to leave behind. This is a great book for many reasons. Since it is written in letter format it shows students the correct way to write letters. Also, the are different writing styles within the book. This is great for students to see. What is more, if you have culturally diverse students in your classroom this would be a great book to use for those students to relate to.
review 2: This cute book is about a little girl moving from Mexico with her family to America. Written in letter form, Isabella, documents her experiences to her Auntie Lupita that remains in Mexico. Author, Sarah Stewart, captures Isabella’
... mores feelings and life from inside a box, her quiet place. It shows how she is able to process all that is around her (speaking Spanish at home is safe, speaking English at school is scary) and eventually allowing others into her life and into the box where she feels the safest. David Small captures the images with bright colors and authentic designs form a child’s perspective. He adds to the text with his drawing by allowing readers to see how Isabella is feeling as she writes and engages in everyday life. As a teacher, I would use this text for two things. Firstly, it would be showing children that sometimes it ok to find a place where you are safe and that it does take to time to feel comfortable enough to join in with your surroundings. Children cannot be expected to jump into a situation without given the opportunity to understand what is going on around them. Secondly, I would use this text to show how to communicate with others. Letter writing is great way to tell someone how you feel and to connect with family and friends when you haven’t seen them for a long time. less
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A similar format to Sarah Stewart's, The Journey. Written in letter format with great illustrations.
Great book. I really enjoyed the idea of creating your own "quiet place". Possible bookworms book?
Wonderfully told through a young girl's letter to her aunt.
What a moving a story!
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