The Quiet Place

written by Sarah Stewart; illustrated by David Small

Margaret Ferguson Books

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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 more and 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

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Praise for The Quiet Place

“Articulating our experience can provide important perspective as we confront new challenges. The anxiety that comes of being uprooted is tenderly explored in ‘The Quiet Place,’ an immigrant tale by Sarah Stewart and the illustrator David Small, award-­winning collaborators.” The New York Times Book Review

"A warm, gentle portrait of an immigrant’s isolation and the ways that creativity and a loving family can offer both a safe haven and a bridge.” —Kirkus, starred

 
"A moving, memorable portrayal of one child’s immigrant experience.”—Booklist, starred
 

“Stewart and Small offer a stirring, backyard-size metaphor for the determination and drive for self-betterment that characterize the immigrant experience.” —Publishers Weekly, starred

"It’s such a fascinating place." -- BCCB


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THE QUIET PLACE by Sarah Stewart, David Small | Kirkus Book Reviews
Read the Kirkus Review of THE QUIET PLACE . As in Stewart and Small's previous <em>The Gardener<em> (1997) and <em>The Journey<em> (2001), letters to a loved one become the vehicle for a girl to explore what she sees, feels and comes to understand upon leaving home for the first time.
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written by Sarah Stewart; illustrated by David Small

Husband and wife duo Sarah Stewart and David Small have worked together on several picture books, most recently The Friend. Small has also written and/or illustrated other books, including the 2001 Caldecott Medal winner So You Want to Be President? by Judith St. George. Stewart and Small live in a historic home on a bend of the St. Joseph River in Michigan.

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The Quiet Place
written by Sarah Stewart; illustrated by David Small

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Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year, MO MASL’s Readers Awards - MASTER LIST

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Hardcover
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Margaret Ferguson Books
September 2012
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780374325657
ISBN10: 0374325650
Picture Book
8.5 x 11 inches, 44 pages, full color throughout, includes gatefold
Age Range: 5 to 9
Grade Range: k to 4
$16.99
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