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4.02  ·  Rating details ·  177 ratings  ·  28 reviews
ForeWord Book of the Year Bronze Medalist

What can you hear when you are completely silent?

Is that the wind blowing? Birds chirping? Sun shining? World whirling?

Maybe a car engine or faraway plane? Maybe kids laughing or playing tag?

Be still. Listen. Focus on the now. What do you hear? By paying attention to what is otherwise lost in our noisy world, you can develop your
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published 2012 by Magination Press
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Lovely illustrations and sweet message about mindfulness.
Feb 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Silence, by the illustration studio of artists and designers known as Lemniscates, invites children to pause, listen, and reflect on the sounds of the natural world around them. There is a true stillness to the collage-like illustrations, and a simplicity to the gentle narrative. I would definitely use this book with primary and elementary students to encourage sensory awareness (during a science unit on the five senses, perhaps) and to develop creative writing skills.
This is a great book for an interactive storytime!

Storytime Idea:
First reading: Place post-it notes over the sentences and ask the kids what they imagine hearing based on the pictures.

Second reading: Remove post-its (or let the kids take turns) page by page while reading.
Shaye Miller
Jun 18, 2018 rated it liked it
This is another picture book gem my daughter grabbed at the library, this week. It’s a little older than the books I normally share in my weekly #imwayr posts, but it’s still pretty and might prove helpful. So... in a nutshell, the text is a free-verse poem on mindfulness — it allows the reader to slow down and listen to the world around them. Young children might be asked to look at each new spread and anticipate what the new sounds will be on each page. At the same time, this would make a very ...more
An esoteric picture book extolling the virtues of sitting in contemplative silence to encourage listening to what's around you.

Not recommended for storytime but would be good as a one-on-one conversation starter regarding detachment from devices.
Aug 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture
lovely illustrations and text
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In silence there is a multitude of sounds.
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My son and I both love Silence by Lemniscates. It's a great book for an active child to read before bed. Both the words and the imagery invoke a quiet mood. ...more
Lara Bate
Jul 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Silence by Lemniscates is a story related to mindfulness where you stop and listen, feel what is going on around you.
Nov 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children, 2015
This is a sweet gem. The artwork beautifully accompanies the text, which follows a young girl as she listens to the things around her. The word choice is excellent, with selections that invite one to pause and imagine sound, and which help to reinvent the way one sees the world. For example, bees "love" flowers as they hover close and there is "twinkling" snow. This allows readers to pause and imagine the sounds for themselves instead of providing it for them with onomatopoeic words like "buzz" ...more
Sydney Hames
Silence is a story that encourages readers to really listen to the elements of nature. It explores some of the wonderful aspects of nature. In addition to detailing the wonder of nature, it encourages readers to reflect on the experiences they have had with nature.

ACTIVITY - 3rd grade
Find a time to take students outside. When they are outside encourage them to sit alone and not by a neighbor. Have them take out writing supplies. When they are outside, they will journal and reflecting on
I’d never heard of Leminscates until I read this book. At the end of the book, it’s shared that a goal is to “encourage children to develop their unique talents and skills for a deeper understanding of themselves and the world around them.” The story is told by a little girl who shares what she notices when she is silent, ‘waves crashing’ or ‘snow twinkling’ and on. The collages that make up the illustrations are gorgeous. Since we do so much nature journaling at my school, it will be a beautif ...more
Illustrations: Mixed Media

A uniquely illustrated mindfulness tool for practicing with young ones. I found it to be very relaxing. Like a mix of meditation and guided imagery.

Published by the American Psychological Association.

"Lemniscates is an illustration studio of artists and designers located in Barcelona."

Mindfulness ~ Ages 4-8.
Feb 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
This intriguing little book was written and illustrated by a studio and not a single author or illustrator. I'm not sure how common that is, but the gently-told tale produced by that collaboration is lovely. ...more
Oct 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This is a great picture book for all ages, reminding us what we can all hear if we just shut up for a while and listen to the sounds of nature. I like how it goes through the different seasons and at the end asks “How many things can you hear?”
Mark Bourdon
Nov 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Children listen

Nice book for young children. Good illustrations that kids will look at and keep their attention. Story will also engage children in talks about what they hear when they are quiet.
Sep 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful. Great rest-time book.
I really like this book. Helps children (and anyone who reads) to remember to stop and listen to the world around them. very nice!
This book became an instant favorite. Very descriptive writing and captured my attention.
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A surprise hit with my extremely active and voluble 3 year old. Lovely art. Lovely thoughts.
Lauren White
Apr 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Would be good to use to introduce mindfulness
Apr 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
I loved how the words created visuals in my head. I would actually stop and pause to see if I could imagine what they just wrote.
Mar 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A beautifully illustrated book that teaches mindful listening.
Sep 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books, art
Nice use of paste paper in the illustrations. Also just a nice book about listening.
Nov 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
A really nice book. I would enjoy sharing it, outside, with a child and talking about different ways of hearing and listening as we read.
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Lemniscates is an author/illustrator/designer collective that creates children’s books and storybook apps. Established in Barcelona in 2010, Lemniscates has a special interest in books that encourage creative thinking and curiosity about subjects such as nature, the environment, friendship, adoption, fear, and self-acceptance.

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