The Quiet Place by Sarah Stewart

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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


About Sarah Stewart

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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.
Published September 18, 2012 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 44 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books.

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As the epistles to Auntie Lupita chronicle Isabel’s encounter with snow, feelings about her new teacher and time spent at the children’s parties her mother caters, they also indirectly portray a family sensitive to a child’s well-being.

Jul 22 2012 | Read Full Review of The Quiet Place

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Isabel writes of playing in the snow, learning English, and transforming a refrigerator box into “a quiet place for me and my books.” After the box is ruined in a rainstorm, Isabel, while helping her mother cater children’s birthday parties, collects boxes from gifts and uses them to build ...

Jul 30 2012 | Read Full Review of The Quiet Place

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It’s lucky for us readers that Sarah Stewart and Caldecott medalist David Small, married over 30 years, like to occasionally collaborate on books.

Sep 06 2012 | Read Full Review of The Quiet Place

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