A Quiet Girl Reviews

School Library Journal

Cover: A Quiet Girl Author-Illustrator: Peter Carnavas Publisher: Pajama Press“A pale girl with free-flowing frizzy brown hair, Mary does not say much and when she does, she speaks quietly. She climbs trees to hang her recycled jug feeder, whispers to birds, and swings and cartwheels outdoors. “Because Mary was quiet, she heard things nobody else heard.” Unfortunately her family—mother, father, and brother—cannot hear her, and tell her to speak up. They are all so busy, however, that Mary’s version of loud is still not loud enough. Mary becomes even quieter and it seems as if her family does not notice her at all. “Soon she became so quiet she felt like she just wasn’t there.”…Soon, her family notices her absence and they use their loudest voices to call for her, to no avail. Only when they stop to listen do they hear Mary’s small singing voice. Illustrations feature both full-page spreads filled with soft colors and expansive views of the outdoor world, and smaller illustrations in simultaneous succession with plenty of white space. Back matter features a brief explanation of mindfulness (“Feeling Quiet Inside”) and a list of five ways to practice it.”

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Kirkus Reviews

“This gentle Australian import exhorts readers to listen, pay attention, and, sometimes, unplug…The delicate, sweet line illustrations present brown-haired Mary and her family with beige skin and also depict creative ideas for recycling plastic bottles. A spread with simple mindfulness tips concludes the book.

A cautionary tale about listening closely in order to discover the world’s pleasures.”

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Sal’s Fiction Addiction

“The soothing artwork makes a perfect backdrop for Mary’s many discoveries. Plenty of white space keeps the focus on Mary and all that she loves in nature. Quietly beautiful, this tale offers a lesson in being mindful to all that surrounds us.”

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