Tuesday, January 22, 2013

ROCB: The Quiet Place

Review of Children's Book The Quiet Place
The Quiet Place

"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."

My Review:
Although this book is set in the 1950’s it will still resonate with children today.  The story follows a Spanish child moving to America.  She is lonely and trying to learn English so write letters back to her Aunt in Mexico.  Writing the letters in English is hard for her but it is helping her learn faster.  Throughout the story she talks about boxes and how she enjoys hiding in them and decorating them.  In the end they play a part in her feeling more welcome in the United States.  I liked the soft muted pictures and enjoyed the letters being from the viewpoint of the child.  I gave this book 5/5 stars because I enjoyed the book and think any child moving or going to a new location will enjoy this story!

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