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A quiet girl, Peter Carnavas

Label
A quiet girl
Title
A quiet girl
Statement of responsibility
Peter Carnavas
Creator
Author
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Mary is a quiet girl. Her family makes so much noise they hardly notice her - or anything else. Until Mary, in her own gentle way, shows them what they've been missing
Tone
Illustration
Review
  • /* Starred Review */ K-Gr 2—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." The illustrations in ink and watercolor show Mary as an outline with no color and then as an absent figure. 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. VERDICT A quiet young girl in a noisy world, Mary shows her loud, busy family that listening allows for more to be heard. With suitable tips on the practice of mindfulness, this title will be a welcome addition to every picture book collection.—Ramarie Beaver, formerly at Plano P.L., TX --Ramarie Beaver (Reviewed 08/01/2020) (School Library Journal, vol 66, issue 8, p61)
  • The world is full of wonders—but you have to be really quiet to appreciate them. Mary is very quiet. She hears things no one else can: a buzzing dragonfly, a sleeping dog, a creaking tree. When she speaks, her parents and brother don’t hear her, though they’re usually too busy with activities or plugged-in devices anyway. Even when Mary raises her voice, she has trouble being heard. So she becomes even quieter. Suddenly, an enriched world opens to her senses: Mary sees, smells, and feels phenomena she never experienced before. Mary’s family, still engrossed in pastimes and electronics, barely see her; Mary herself feels she doesn’t exist. She goes unnoticed for a while, but soon the family realizes Mary’s “disappeared” and search everywhere. Eventually, the family falls silent, too; for the first time, they listen and hear. Only then do they realize that Mary’s among them—and permanently adopt her new method for engaging with the world. This gentle Australian import exhorts readers to listen, pay attention, and, sometimes, unplug, but some children may be unsettled by the notion that if they tend toward quietude, they may go unheeded in their families. 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. (Picture book. 4-7) (Kirkus Reviews, May 1, 2020)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10784572
Cataloging source
APLS
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1980-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Carnavas, Peter
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
For primary school age
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 0
  • 2
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Families
  • Noise
  • Silence
  • Introverts
Target audience
juvenile
Label
A quiet girl, Peter Carnavas
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
000065128062
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780702260025
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
colour illustrations
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)1052586134
Label
A quiet girl, Peter Carnavas
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
000065128062
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780702260025
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
colour illustrations
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)1052586134

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