A Quiet Girl

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A Quiet Girl

By Peter Carnavas
Picture Book Ages 4–7
ISBN: 978-1-77278-122-9
List Price: $22.95 CAD / $18.95 USD
Hardcover with dust jacket & reinforced trade binding
Trim size: 9 x 9 in / 22.86 x 22.86 cm
Pages: 32

Publication date: August 4, 2020

Distributed in the U.S. by Ingram Publisher Services

Celebrated author-illustrator Peter Carnavas’s gentle family story about mindfulness and stillness reminds us of the beauty all around us—if we only take the time to notice it

Mary was a quiet girl. She thought quiet thoughts, stepped quiet steps, and whispered quiet words.

Mary knows how to savor the small things. Wonder is everywhere: in the rustle of leaves, in the sigh of a sleeping dog, in the wingbeats of the birds who visit her upcycled feeders. But Mary’s family couldn’t be more different. Amidst the sound of blow-dryers, blenders, lawnmowers, and her brother’s trombone, Mary goes almost unnoticed. It isn’t until her family starts searching the neighborhood for her that they begin to see the world through her eyes.

From critically acclaimed author-illustrator Peter Carnavas comes a gentle breeze of a picture book with themes of mindfulness, observation, and being present in the natural world. A Quiet Girl invites young readers (and the noisy adults in their lives) to appreciate the thousand little pleasures that surround us—if only we would notice them.

“This gentle Australian import exhorts readers to listen, pay attention, and, sometimes, unplug…A cautionary tale about listening closely in order to discover the world’s pleasures.”—Kirkus Reviews