The Christmas Quiet Book

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Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media
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Poetic take on quiet moments during the holiday season.

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Educational Value

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. 

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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"). 

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What 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. 

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What's the story?

Adorable woodland creatures -- bunnies, bears, a mole, an owl, a porcupine, etc. -- play outside in a snowy landscape (\"Snow angel quiet\") and go indoors (\"Knocking with mittens quiet\") to warm up (\"Cocoa quiet\") and get ready for Christmas -- decorating the tree (\"Star on top quiet\"), writing a gift wish list (\"Note to Santa quiet\"), and anticipating a certain someone's arrival on Christmas Eve (\"Waiting for sleigh bells quiet\"). Even Christmas morning is quiet, when the bunny siblings discover a big stack of presents.

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. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what other ways Christmas is quiet. Can you think of more examples? 

  • What other Christmas stories feature animals? Is it fun to see animals doing the same things kids do?  

  • What ways is Christmas loud? Give some examples of that.

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