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The Christmas Quiet Book

The Christmas Quiet Book

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by Deborah Underwood, Renata Liwska
     
 

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The holidays are filled with joyful noise. But Christmas is sometimes wrapped in quiet: “Searching for presents quiet,” “Getting caught quiet,” and “Hoping for a snow day quiet.” Irresistibly cute, soft colored pencil illustrations of bunnies, bears, and more paint a magical holiday picture indeed.

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The holidays are filled with joyful noise. But Christmas is sometimes wrapped in quiet: “Searching for presents quiet,” “Getting caught quiet,” and “Hoping for a snow day quiet.” Irresistibly cute, soft colored pencil illustrations of bunnies, bears, and more paint a magical holiday picture indeed.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The team that celebrated various kinds of quiet in The Quiet Book revisits that theme with a holiday twist. Underwood again exhibits a flair for selecting evocative scenarios and moods: “Hoping for a snow day quiet” and “knocking with mittens quiet” immediately set a wintry backdrop, while “blown fuse quiet” and “shattered ornament quiet” speak to the more frustrating moments of holiday prep. Watching the furry animals in Liwska’s subtly hued pencil drawings participate in a Christmas pageant, make gingerbread houses, and listen for sleigh bells adds to a sense of gentle anticipation. Reverence for the quieter aspects of the season is indeed a gift. Ages 4–8. Agent: Erin Murphy, Erin Murphy Literary Agency. Illustrator’s agent: Holly McGhee, Pippin Properties. (Sept.)
From the Publisher
"A congenial, understated choice for reading aloud to excited children to help them settle down for a long winter's night."
Kirkus

"Reverence for the quieter aspects of the season is indeed a gift."
Publishers Weekly

"This is an ideal title for use during a winter holiday storytime or for one-on-one cuddling at bedtime."
School Library Journal

"Little kids will relate to the anticipation of the big night but also to the little pleasures, like making snow angels and enjoying a cup of steaming cocoa."
Booklist

"This pleasing companion to The Quiet Book and The Loud Book! explores quiet times of the season."
Horn Book

"Especially endearing."
Wall Street Journal

"All of those quiet moments that make the holidays so special are wonderfully illustrated in this adorable book."
Parents Canada

A Huffington Post Holiday Book Recommendation

Children's Literature - Carlee Hallman
Cute little stuffed animals act like children in this imaginative picture of quiet times. It is quiet as two rabbits in a ping-pong room search for presents. They sit dejectedly on a bench after getting caught. There is quiet when a Christmas tree ornament is shattered. A porcupine, owl, and rabbit are quiet while eating gingerbread. A lamb is quiet when a porcupine stands under the mistletoe. The text reads, "Mistletoe quiet." A group is quiet as they walk past luminarias. When a little bear opens a Christmas present as the mother sits holding a baby, the text reads, "Early Christmas gift quiet." Reading by the fire is quiet because the rabbits are asleep. The illustrations carry out the theme of the succinct text. It may take several readings for children to understand why it is quiet. Reviewer: Carlee Hallman
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—Fans of The Quiet Book (2010) and The Loud Book (2011, both Houghton Harcourt) will be enchanted by this holiday companion. The anticipation a child feels is brought to life as the familiar animals from the previous books (bears, rabbits, porcupines, moles, owls) search quietly for presents, make snow angels, drink cocoa, turn on the lights of a Christmas tree, make a gingerbread house, and write a note to Santa. Liwska's digitally colored pencil illustrations, in a muted palette of soft and soothing earth tones, pair poetically with the simple text. This is an ideal title for use during a winter holiday storytime or for one-on-one cuddling at bedtime.—Diane Olivo-Posner, Los Angeles Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
In their third collaboration on the numerous nuances of volume, Underwood and Liwska focus on the softer sounds of the Christmas season. Using the same format as the beloved Quiet Book (2010), each page presents just one quiet moment from the run-up to the holiday. Groups of animal characters engage in familiar activities such as trimming the tree, making gingerbread houses and participating in a Christmas pageant. The simple text describes each type of quiet in only a few words: "Snow angel quiet"; "Reading by the fire quiet"; "Listening for sleigh bells quiet." Atmospheric pencil illustrations with softly shaded colored highlights use backgrounds of white or gray that evoke a wintry feeling, with pleasing variation between indoor and outdoor scenes. One memorable illustration shows several bears and rabbits making their way home through a snowy, candlelit woods: "Luminaria quiet." The final page is a bit of a let-down, with an illustration of two bunny children turning toward their stack of presents, with the text "Christmas morning quiet." The unemotional conclusion feels flat and doesn't provide a real ending (nor does it seem that this would be a particularly quiet moment). Nevertheless, a congenial, understated choice for reading aloud to excited children to help them settle down for a long winter's night. (Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780547834412
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
10/16/2012
Sold by:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
343,137
File size:
6 MB
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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Meet the Author

Deborah Underwood has written many books for children. She lives in San Francisco.  www.DeborahUnderwoodBooks.com.
Renata Liwska lives and works in Calgary, Canada, with her illustrator husband, Mike. Her childhood memories are of growing up in Warsaw, Poland.

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The Christmas Quiet Book 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
AJ72 More than 1 year ago
If you love the quiet book, you'll love the Christmas quiet book. I saw a book trailer of this book that had music. I bought the book thinking the music would accompany the text. I was dissapointed when I found that it didn't. It also does not have a read to me option that many of the nook books have.