Reanie is a shy girl. She has a new step dad whose shoulders seem to fill their small house. Afraid to disappoint him, she retreats to her room whenever Bill asks her to play. But when he invites her on a photo safari in the creek, Reanie can't resist. As the father and daughter splash through the water, they encounter many creatures. Bill teaches Reanie how to handle a camera, and her new step-dad doesn't seem so strange anymore.
Illustrated with Kim Chatel's stunning photography, this is more than a story. It is a journey with Reanie as she finds her voice and her artistic talent. The back of the book includes 5 nonfiction pages about photography: a glossary of terms, tips on taking better pictures and historical tidbits about photography.
|Publisher:||Guardian Angel Publishing|
|Edition description:||Large Print|
|Product dimensions:||8.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.08(d)|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
In a world where we are constantly being bombarded with noise pollution, is there ever a time when there is a need for quiet? A shy girl named Reanie has a new stepfather named Bill. Bill is big, and his loud voice frightens Reanie even when he laughs or speaks kindly. He likes to play soccer, football, and baseball, but Reanie isn't good at sports, so whenever he asks her to kick a ball or go to the batting cages, she shakes her head no and goes to her room. But Bill is also a photographer, and early one summer morning he asks Reanie if she wants to go on a photo safari with him. She almost says no again but changes her mind and agrees to go. The two take some muffins, fruit, and juice for a picnic breakfast and drive away in Bill's old blue truck. Bill lets Reanie take one of his older cameras and shows her how to use it but warns her of the need to be quiet in order to take good pictures. As they walk down the river, she snaps photos of a goose, a spider's web, a crawfish, a muskrat, a turtle, and a monarch butterfly. Then they see a grey heron, but every time they try to get closer to it for a good picture, it backs up. Reanie shows that she knows how to be quiet, and she enjoys the time that she is spending with Bill, but will she ever be able to get a picture of the heron? I really enjoyed this heartwarming story by Kim Chatel, whose Rainbow Sheep (which I have previously reviewed for Stories for Children) was the winner of the 2009 Eppie award. Kim not only wrote the text but also took the beautiful photographs in the book. Of course, it is wonderful to see the barriers break down in the growing relationship between Reanie and Bill. In addition, there are five non-fiction pages at the end with information about photography, including a glossary of photographic terms, hints for taking good pictures, and some historical trivia about cameras. A Talent for Quiet gets two thumbs up from me.