The Quiet Book is exactly what I needed to read after the holidays. I've been longing for a bit of quiet and this book was the perfect find. Simple. Quaint. Just plain delightful!
"Sleeping sister quiet," or "First look at your new haircut quiet," or "Pretending you're invisible quiet..." Quiet comes in many forms. Deborah Underwood describes quiet found in ordinary things on ordinary days. And, Renata Lewski, the illustrator, is amazing (she has a lovely little blog called "Pandas and Such"). Together, they've created a little read that deserves a look... no matter what grade level you teach.
There's something peaceful about this book. As I was reading it, I thought about using it as a mentor text with young writers. I can imagine my fourth graders spending some time in their notebooks describing "loud" times, or "peaceful" times, or "filled with laughter" times. I wonder will happen when I read this book to my students at the start of writer's workshop and then ask them to have a go in their notebooks. At maybe beyond? I may have to have a go in my own notebook to see where my thinking takes me. A good old-fashioned memory write or quick write... a chance to explore language as a writer, trying to use simple text, exploring those times in my own life that give me the "quiet" that we all crave.
After the hustle and bustle and running and dashing we've done during the holidays, don't we all deserve a little quiet? Shhh... what does your quiet sound like?