A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Kids can identify the different woodland animals -- and one little lizard/dinosaur-type creature. The text attunes kids to different (poeticlly imagined) kinds of quiet. One allusion to the three kings of the Christmas story could lead to a discussion of the Biblical basis of the Christmas holiday.
In the hubbub of the holiday season, there are many quite moments, and lot soft cozy , fun, quite things to do with friends and family gathered for simple pleasures, such as hot cocoa, trimming the Christmas tree, making a gingerbread house, ice skating ("gliding quiet"), making snow angels, reading by the fire.
Positive Role Models
All the animals are kind and gentle with each other. When one forgets a line in the Christmas pageant ("Forgotten line quiet"), another supplies it ("Helpful whisper quiet").
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Christmas Quiet Book is a companion to author Deborah Underwood and illustrator Renata Liwska's The Quiet Book and The Loud Book. Cute, mostly fuzzy animals show all the different kinds of quiet at Christmastime. For example, when the tree is lit, it's "Lights on quiet." When someone wants a kiss and stands under a sprig, it's "Mistletoe quiet." Dozing off while waiting up to catch a glimpse of Santa is "Trying to stay awake quiet." These imaginative ways to describe the many small, quiet moments that make up the holiday season should delight kids and parents alike.
Is It Any Good?
THE CHRISTMAS QUIET BOOK is a gentle take on the small moments that make up the holiday season. The illustrations are perfectly paired with the clever, poetic phrases below them. Kids will enjoy seeing the mostly fuzzy creatures doing things they can relate to. And the soft and dreamy vignettes manage to tell a story with very few words.
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