The Quiet Place
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... show more
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
Publish date: September 18th 2012
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
Pages no: 44
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, Realistic Fiction
, Historical Fiction
, Picture Books
, Spanish Literature
An antidote to the toxic attitude toward immigrants of color right now. As if people of Northern European descent somehow have a more valid claim to American citizenship than indigenous people of the continent. It's like demanding that the UK remain for Romans only. Set in 1957 the dresses are sp...
Unusual epistolary style, single-sided! The large boxes to make a quiet place are an interesting device, again unusual. The girl is not overly uncomfortable in her new home, and explicit use of the birthday party helps us see the motif of feeling invited. There were so many opportunities for conflic...
An epistolary look at the experience of one family immigrating to the US in the 50s, as told by the young daughter to her aunt, back at home. Charming and not twee. My daughter and I were both completely in love with the Quiet Place.Library copy.