The quiet place

by Stewart, Sarah, 1939-

Format: Print Book 2012
Availability: Available at 7 Libraries 7 of 7 copies
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When Isabel and her family move to the United States, Isabel misses all the things she left behind in Mexico, especially her aunt Lupita and hearing people speak Spanish. But she also experiences some wonderful new things--her first snow storm and a teacher who does not speak Spanish but has a big smile. Even better, Papa and her brother Chavo help her turn a big box into her own quiet place, where she keeps her books and toys and writes letters to Aunt Lupita. As she decorates and adds moreand more on to her quiet place, it is here that Isabel feels the most at home in her new country while she learns to adjust to the changes in her life.

Set in the 1950s and told through Isabel's letters to her aunt, Sarah Stewart and Caldecott Medalist David Small have created a charming and unforgettable young heroine who will win the hearts of readers in this story of immigration and assimilation. The Quiet Place is a Kirkus Reviews Best Children's Book of 2012

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* When Isabel moves from Mexico to Michigan with her parents and older brother, she leaves behind a beloved aunt, who has been teaching her English. In a series of letters to Dear Auntie Lupita, Isabel practices her new language as she writes about starting school, playing outside after a surprise snowfall, and helping her mother cook for children's birthday parties. Isabel uses discarded boxes to makes her own cozy quiet place of safety and, eventually, creativity. After celebrating her birthday with her family and new friends, Isabel's happiness shines from the letter she writes. A final foldout spread, showing Isabel and her friends enjoying her now not-so-quiet special place, brims with lively details for children to enjoy. Set in the 1950s, the book contains expressive mixed-media artwork that includes many period elements, while the story is timeless in its depiction of a child slowly adjusting to a new home and a new language. The inventive illustrations, including several wordless spreads, define spaces in a creative variety of ways, from a revealing scene showing Isabel within the broader neighborhood to a more intimate view of the child inside her quiet place. A moving, memorable portrayal of one child's immigrant experience.--Phelan, Carolyn Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "This gentle book from the husband-and-wife team behind the Caldecott Honor book The Gardener is aptly titled: Small's fluid paintings do a splendid job of silent storytelling, just as Stewart's taut narrative is gracefully subdued. The text consists of 12 letters a girl named Isabel sends to her Auntie Lupita in Mexico after Isabel and her family immigrate to the U.S in 1957. Isabel writes of playing in the snow, learning English, and transforming a refrigerator box into "a quiet place for me and my books." After the box is ruined in a rainstorm, Isabel, while helping her mother cater children's birthday parties, collects boxes from gifts and uses them to build an elaborate sanctuary and play space, not seen in its full grandeur until a double-gatefold spread at Isabel's own birthday celebration. Evidence of Isabel's family's growing stability (the ability to purchase a refrigerator, Isabel's older brother taking college courses) is scattered throughout. Through Isabel, Stewart and Small offer a stirring, backyard-size metaphor for the determination and drive for self-betterment that characterize the immigrant experience. Ages 5-10. Agent: Holly McGhee, Pippin Properties. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Immigrants -- Juvenile fiction.
Mexican Americans -- Juvenile fiction.
Homesickness -- Juvenile fiction.
Aunts -- Juvenile fiction.
Letters -- Juvenile fiction.
Immigrants -- Fiction.
Mexican Americans -- Fiction.
Homesickness -- Fiction.
Aunts -- Fiction.
Letters -- Fiction.
Epistolary fiction.
Historical fiction.
Publisher New York :Farrar Straus Giroux,2012
Edition 1st ed.
Contributors Small, David, 1945-
Language English
Notes "Margaret Ferguson books."
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
ISBN 9780374325657 (hbk.)
0374325650 (hbk.)
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