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The Quiet Place

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  740 ratings  ·  170 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 44 pages
Published September 18th 2012 by Farrar Straus Giroux
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Dec 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
Wavering between 2 and 3 stars for this book.

The illustrations by David Small are charming, the concept of immigration from the perspective of a child is wonderful and needed--the problem is the way the story is written.

After immigrating to the United States with her parents and older brother, Isabel writes letters to her aunt Lupita back home in Mexico. She says, "Here is my first letter in English. I am going to practice my new language by writing to you." She references the English words her
Feb 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012
I read the galley at Anderson's Children's Literature Breakfast. I need to re-read it in a quiet place.
Angela Bailey
Sep 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Title / Author / Publication Date:
The quiet place. / Sarah Stewart. David Small (ill.). / 2012.

Genre: Fiction.

Format: Picturebook (epistolary story) - print.

Plot summary:
"A little girl moves to the United States from Mexico with her family and writes letters to her aunt in Mexico about her new life" (NoveList).

Considerations or precautions for readers advisory:
moving to a new county, letters, Mexican-American girls, American in the 1950's

Review citation:
"Set in the 1950s, the book contains ex
Oct 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes the combination of author and illustrator is pure magic, and I have always loved when Sarah Stewart and her husband David Small have teamed up. The Gardener is one of my all-time favorites, and I love The Library as well. I think these two make a perfect creative pair, and they have shown it once again in The Quiet Place. The story is charming, and the illustrations are simple, yet fascinating. The foldout pages at the end are my favorite, and I am surprised that this book isn't gettin ...more
Irma Dogic
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book tells a moving story of a young girl and her family migrating to the United States with her family from Mexico in the late 1950s. It states her experience and the way she deals with her changing life. The vivid illustrations really bring this book to life. This book is centered around Isabel's letters to her Auntie Lupita back in Mexico. They showcase some of the things she misses and some new wonderful things as well, such as her new teacher and a recent snow storm. This children's bo ...more
Aug 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really, really want to give this book 5 stars, but there are two small things holding me back--if you've read this book, feel free to correct me in a comment!

Here we have a lovely epistolary picture book (like the beloved The Gardener, also by Stewart/Small) which features a young Mexican American emigrating to the U.S. in the 1950s. I love the illustrations, as usual. I love the storyline itself, and the way the book ends is marvelous. The idea of a quiet place in which a young child can find
Jim Erekson
Feb 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
Unusual epistolary style, single-sided! The large boxes to make a quiet place are an interesting device, again unusual. The girl is not overly uncomfortable in her new home, and explicit use of the birthday party helps us see the motif of feeling invited. There were so many opportunities for conflict or damage, but the author chose the quiet route and the discomfort remains quietly under the surface like it might for anyone who has moved to a new home. The illustrations are really charming and h ...more
Sep 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This story tells of a girl, Isabel, who moves from Mexico to the United States in the spring and summer of 1957. The text is a series of letters that she writes to her Aunt Lupita who stayed behind in Mexico. This isn't the first time that Stewart has written a book as a series of letters, and I like the format. The Quiet Place refers to a cardboard box house that the girl constructs to work in during the course of the story. She and the other members of her family are each having a difficult ti ...more
Dec 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I would have loved to give this book more stars. The story is sweet, the illustrations are totally gorgeous, and I really enjoy the epistolary format. But while the emotions and experiences described in the letters are great, the language is hardly believable. The vocabulary and tone seem too old for the character, and it's even less believable because this young girl is talking about her struggles learning English as a second language! Asking kids to bring their favorite word as a birthday gift ...more
Jan 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
I love the format of this book. It's a great way to introduce kids to letter writing and is also a great book for introducing various forms of diversity to kids with themes that all kids can relate to. Also the idea of having your own special quiet place all your own is one that is such an important part of childhood that many of us experienced. Mine was the bottom of my father's closet that he cleared out so I could put pillows and blankets and tape little pictures to the wall exposed under his ...more
Kaethe Douglas
The Quiet Place - Sarah Stewart, David Small An antidote to the toxic attitude toward immigrants of color right now. As if people of Northern European descent somehow have a more valid claim to American citizenship than indigenous people of the continent. It's like demanding that the UK remain for Romans only. 
Set in 1957 the dresses are spot on an appropriate, and matched with mid-century furnishings, signage, and motor vehicles.
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Lovely; I especially like the expressions on Mama's face. David Small has conveyed very subtly that while catering is good work, it is still very much work and she is still very much the paid staff and not an equal. I do like all the colors on the boxes at the end--for once the Quiet Place is not so quiet, but bursting with life.
Oct 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
Retreat to your quiet place and read this book. Take a few tissues with you - you will need them but in the end you will be happy to see the strength and growth of Isabel.
Wonderful to see another work by this author and illustrator. Wonderful!
Jan 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
epistolary story of immigration in the 1950's very sweet
Sebastian HM
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
She was reading and wanted quiet. So she made a box fort. Then it was raining and the box broke. Then there was snow. She got more boxes to make a new quiet place.
Maddie Russell
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"The Quiet Place" gives readers a glimpse into the struggles and triumphs experienced by immigrants as they work to adjust to their new lives. Told through the letters young Isabel writes to her aunt in Mexico, which she pens from the comforts of her adopted cardboard box, "The Quiet Place" illustrates Isabel's journey from insecurity to confidence in both herself and her new nation.

illustrations: watercolor and ink, by David Small

"The Quiet Place" functioned as both a "window" and a "mirror" f
Kristi Brent
A really cute story about how a little girl writes her Aunt postcards from America, portraying what it is like for her in her new life. She is scared and sad sometimes as it is hard for her to adjust at times, but she also has happy times. I think this would be a good 2nd-3rd grade book to read to students to see how other kids live and how different their lives may be.
Paulinh Lim
This story and its illustrations was quite capturing and enlightening. I loved the emotions and its experiences that you could feel through this book. I loved how this book included a quiet place of her own, which some of us might relate to. I liked how the embraced that it’s okay to want to be alone at times. Though she might’ve been alone at her “quiet place,” this is actually where she got to know and enjoy herself the most. I loved how the parents’ supported her desire to be alone by decorat ...more
Jan 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Christie Lee
Feb 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a story of a little girl moving to America from Mexico with her family. All of the text is in the form of letters to her aunt who still lives in Mexico. This is a great book to show how it feels to start over, be learning a different language and how a person can deal with those feelings. ELLs will possibly identify with this sstory, particularly the feelings of learning a new language. The illustrations are amazing, all drawn and then with watercolor painting I believe. This is a great ...more
Jan 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: rdg-350
In this book the story is told through letters that Isabel writes to her aunt in Mexico. Her family has just moved to the USA and she is homesick and nervous about learning English. she wants a quiet place. she finds that place in a big box, but then the rain destroys it. Her mother makes cakes for parties and when Isabel goes with her she collects boxes from the gifts. she soon constructs a big quiet place where she feels safe and continues to write her letters. This is a great story. I think t ...more
Another Sarah Stewart and David Small book was also loaned to me, this time The Quiet Place, also a story told in letters, like an earlier one, The Gardener. Their collaboration brings us beautiful books, and this is the most recent. It concerns Isabel, a young girl recently moved to the U.S. from Mexico, who writes her Aunt, missing her dear aunt and her former home, & language, very much. Through the use of discarded big boxes, Isabel creates her quiet places, and as time goes on, they bec ...more
Nov 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Isabel and her family move from Mexico to the United States in the 1950s. The story is told throughb letters Idsabel writes to her Auntie Lupita back home. She experiences many new things in her new home such as snowstorms and native English speakers. She finds comfort in a cardboard box she creates to house her books and where she sits to write her letters.

A touching story of immigration and assimilation and of creating a new home. Illustrations look like watercolor and are vibrant and detaile
This a lovely picture book to read WITH a child, maybe five years old and up. Ask the child what is happening in the first few pages which are wordless (including the inside of the cover. Discuss why the signs say USA frontwards and MEJICO backwards. Guess who Chufo is (before the book tells you). In one place, Chufo speaks beautifully, using metaphors; with an older child you can discuss metaphors.

Our young protagonist is moving from Mexico to the United States. She writes letters home to her A
Isabel and her family have moved from Mexico. Writing letters to her Auntie Lupita, Isabel describes her new life and world. Experiencing highs and lows in her new home, Isabel slowly meets new friends, practices new traditions, and starts classes in a new school.

"The Quiet Place" is appropriate for ages 5+ (Grades K+).

I was surprised by the format of this book. When I checked it out from the library, I expected to open up to a normal picture book. I was pleasantly greeted with a book that del
Amber Adams
Feb 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book tells the story of a young girl writing back and forth with her aunt about her previous move. Her aunt helps her get adjusted while she has trouble in her new surroundings. While writing these letters, she finds her a quiet place for writing and to comfort herself. While writing back and forth to Mexico her aunt helps her build vocabulary, social and writing skills. This book can be used to encourage students to do more writing. I will use this book in my class and have the students wr ...more
The Styling Librarian
The Quiet Place by Sarah Stewart, pictures by David Small - It has been a long while since my son gave a round of applause for a book. This one did it for him. He was silent, inspired, and I bet soon he's going to ask me to watch for cardboard so he can make his own quiet place. I really think he identified with the book because it had to deal with a family immigrating from Mexico to America and addressed some of the difficulties with moving to a new place. Powerful book. Beautiful book Fantasti ...more
Feb 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The extraordinarily talented husband and wife combo of Stewart and Small create a wonderful immigration story.Isabel moves to the U.S. with her family in the 50s and her story is told through letters to her Aunt Lupita in Mexico. English is hard, feeling different is hard, but we slowly see Isabel feeling more comfortable in her surroundings. Add in some neat cardboard box houses and the story just captures your heart. Add this one to a study of immigration, for the human story behind the number ...more
Kate Busch
This is a book about a girl who uses letters to communicate with her Aunt. As she moves to the United States she misses her home and the things she had to leave behind. This is a great book for many reasons. Since it is written in letter format it shows students the correct way to write letters. Also, the are different writing styles within the book. This is great for students to see. What is more, if you have culturally diverse students in your classroom this would be a great book to use for th ...more
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Wife of famed illustrator, David Small, Sarah Stewart has written a number of children's books. She grew up in Texas, and lives in Michigan with her husband.