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3.76  ·  Rating details ·  651 ratings  ·  151 reviews
Tomie dePaola reminds us that mindfulness—being quiet, still, and present with one another—is a very special thing.

Everything is in such a hurry, busy as busy can be.
The birds are flying so fast, the dragonfly is zooming over the water—even the trees are waving their leaves.

So what if we sit here, you next to me…and we can just be?
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 9th 2018 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Schizanthus Nerd
Apr 07, 2019 rated it liked it
As far as I can tell this is my first Tomie dePaola read. It’s a nice book but it didn’t really grab me. A grandfather is walking in the park with his grandchildren and points out how busy all of the animals are. He encourages his grandchildren to sit on the park bench with him and appreciate being quiet and still because “To be quiet and still is a special thing.”

The illustrations are fairly simple and sweet, with plenty of animals to look at. Although I like the message of this book I don’t k
Jan 11, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kidstuff
Though I like the idea of encouraging children to sit quietly, and appreciate their surroundings, the grandfather in this book annoyed me. He criticizes birds and insects for moving too quickly instead of taking it easy. While this could lead to a nice discussion about how creatures must spend most of their awake hours gathering food instead of lying in hammocks with cold glasses of iced tea, I still wanted to smack Grandpa.

Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
Tomie dePaola's illustrations were always subtle in their sense of wonder, so it's not surprising that he created a picture book celebrating the pleasures of silence. Most books are judged on originality and skillful writing, but Quiet invites readers to revel in the absence of story, the pure bliss of being. It's a reminder we all can benefit from.

On a short walk from their house, the grandfather notices how frantic with activity nature is today, bees and birds flying at top speed. The boy and
Dena (Batch of Books)
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
I've always loved this author, but I think this is one of my favorite books of his. It's a celebration of quiet time, slowing down, and taking a moment to appreciate nature.

A grandfather and his grandchildren notice that everything is busy. The grandfather teaches the kids about enjoying the moment and letting nature soak into your soul.

It's a lovely book with gorgeous illustrations. It's perfect if you're looking for books about meditation or disconnecting from a busy world.

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Sep 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
Written by the author who wrote the well loved book Strega Nona, this book has a simple depth to it that, even as an adult, I quite appreciated. I didn’t know what my five year old would think of it, since it’s a quick read, but as soon as we finished the last page she declared that she liked it and wanted to read it again. The message is simple, but one that I think children should be taught. It’s about slowing down, being quiet for a while, and realizing how still and silent moments can lead t ...more
Chance Lee
Oct 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-it
A peaceful story about taking time to rest and think, one that speaks to today's fast-paced society but in a retro way -- no technology is present -- that reminds us that life has always been fast-paced, and sitting and being quiet needs to be a conscious choice. The text is a smidge didactic -- "I can think, when I'm quiet" a girl says (which isn't being quiet at all!) but the artwork is nice. ...more
R. C.
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was surprised my busy three- and one-year-olds liked this book so much. DePaola did a masterful job of explaining being still and listening for spirit. Just enough words and absorbing pictures. I was able to use this to explain the idea of silent worship in a Friends meeting.
First sentence: "My, oh my," the grandfather said. "Everything is in such a hurry."

Premise/plot: One thing I love about picture books is that often what you see is what you get. This is a story celebrating quietness and stillness. A grandfather is on a walk with his grandchildren and a dog. Once the grandfather points out how 'everything' is in a hurry, they all take turns pointing out the busyness they see in nature as they walk along. But soon it is time to sit down and rest, to slow down thei
Lin Lin
There is nothing like a grandparent's love. This book shows it in its own unique form. Grandpa shared his wisdom with the children that being quiet and still are special moments in our life. When we are quiet and still, we can see and think. Such mindfulness is so rare and yet so important in classrooms and families today before "business and distraction"engulfed us all. ...more
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
How beautifully simple and well-delivered! De Paola is one of my favorite children’s authors, especially for his Strega Nona books, and this one is simpler but no less enchanting. Not only was I enchanted as I read it aloud, my class of wiggly 3 year-olds stayed amazingly still and quiet too, and were very calm and happy at the end.
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
Tomie dePaola is 84 years old. He's a national treasure. If this is his swan song, it's a nice one to go out on. ...more
Linda Quinn
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“To be quiet and still is a special thing”. I think these days this is a wonderful reminder to us all.
Anna Smithberger
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lovely and gentle
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
Didn't really care for this book. I think it's quiet and a bit boring. ...more
Kris Dersch
It would be easy to let this one go by and not see its beauty, but it is a slow, beautiful, intergenerational invitation to sit down and slow down in nature in order to really see and hear. Lovely. Any age could use this reason to embrace quiet.
Tracy Morton
Feb 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This book shows how nice it is to be quiet. You can think and see better when your still and quiet. Good book for old people to read to children.
Feb 13, 2019 rated it liked it
A simple and clear message about being quiet and still. Good reminder.
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Quiet by Tomie dePaola, PICTURE BOOK. Simon and Schuster, 2018. $18. 9781481477543



A grandfather points out how everything seems to be in such a hurry! The birds are flying fast, the bees are working so hard, the dog is running around, even the leaves on the trees are waving. "Let's not be so busy" he says and invites the children to sit on a bench with him. The children recognize how nice it is when everything calms down. "To be quiet a
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Earlier this week, Tomie dePaola’s newest book, Quiet, released, and it lives up to expectations set by his many, many wonderful books that came before.
Illustrated in dePaola’s signature style, Quiet takes readers on a walk with what we assume is a grandfather (who looks remarkably like dePaola…) and his two grandchildren. The grandfather pauses to point out how everything around them, not the people but even the animals, seems to be in a hurry. From there, the trio stops to sit, to be
Liz McCrane
Oct 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Quiet is a fictional book about, what’s assumed to be, a grandfather and his grandchildren (boy and girl) out on a walk. The grandfather mentions that everything seems to be in a hurry, from the birds flying, a dog chasing a ball, a frog jumping, dragonflies zooming over the water, and trees waving their leaves. He then suggests that they all sit down and take a rest. The children began to realize that they can think when they’re quiet and they can see when they’re sill. In conclusion, the grand ...more
Freya Hooper
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Title: Quiet

Author: Romie dePaola

Target: Preschool – Kindergarten

What this book is about:

A grandfather (who looks eerily similar to the author/illustrator) is walking with his grandkids outside. They notice all the animals who are in such a hurry. However, when a bench presents itself, they have a seat and observe the animals who are also taking a break from their daily activities. A chance to think and to see the world around them offers a special time together.

Why I love this book:

Quiet has a
Tonja Drecker
Nov 04, 2018 rated it liked it
With a lovely simpleness, this book peeks at the busy world,invites to sit back and take a peaceful rest.

The cover already hints at the atmosphere found in the pages of this calming read. Every moment takes a look at nature—the buzzing bees, playing dog, and zooming dragonflies. The scenes are concentrated and uncomplicated, keeping the attention on each part of nature which is being addressed. Each two-page spread is accompanied by one or two lines of short text. Especially younger listeners ca
SJ Loria
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
These day one thing even more common than head-scratching tweets from elected people are digital distractions. Noises emerging from computer phones. Notifications popping in the top right corner of screens. It has always been hard to learn how to focus and calm the mind, but it’s never been this hard.
Which is why Quiet is a beautiful story. It’s about 5 sentences long, a timely and timeless message packed into a conversation between a grandfather and two children. The moral of the story? Yes, th
Paul Rondema
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As an adult, one of my favorite books from the past year is Quiet by Tomie dePaola.

I remember hearing and reading (and loving) Tomie dePaola’s books when I was a child which was a long, long time ago, so I was kind of surprised to learn he is still writing and illustrating books. I began to read Quiet not knowing if his work would still hold the same magic that it did in my youth. If anything, I think I like this book more than I liked Strega Nona or his Book of Bible Stories.

Quiet follows a gra
Susan Johnson
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A new book by one of my favorite writers of all time, Tomie dePaola! Quiet is a book necessary for our times. Children nowadays live in a very noisy world: they spend so much of their time either at school/preschool/daycare, at some after-school activity that is also teeming with children, or looking at a screen that is bombarding them with loud, hyperkinetic images. I worry about this, quite a bit.

Quiet shows children that sitting silently can yield wonder-full times. Not only does the short, s
FM Family
Jul 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: not-for-me
I am a huge Tomie dePaola fan - HUGE. And I love books that give kids coping tools for dealing with the world. However, despite my hopefulness about this book, I felt like it didn't really deliver.

First of all, it was kind of boring. Second of all, I felt like the close up drawings of the kids' faces were weirdly creepy. Third, I don't feel like it succeeded at explaining mindfulness that well, which is what I thought it should do, but more just read as a reaction to busyness. As in people shoul
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“To be quiet and still is a special thing.”

As a grandfather and his grandchildren take a walk, they notice that even nature seems to be in a hurry. Dragonflies are flying quickly over the water, frogs are leaping high, even the leaves on the trees seem to be waving. Because the activity draws their attention, they don’t see the animals who are being quiet and still on each of the pages. But when grandfather suggests they sit down, the kids realize that “I can think, when I’m quiet” and “I can se
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
A grandfather points out how everything seems to be in such a hurry! The birds are flying fast, the bees are working so hard, the dog is running around, even the leaves on the trees are waving. "Let's not be so busy" he says and invites the children to sit on a bench with him. The children recognize how nice it is when everything calms down. "To be quiet and still is a special thing."

Tomie dePaola has given us a lovely, simple book. His sweet illustrations perfectly complement the text, and the
I grew up reading a lot of dePaola, so I was excited to find this new title and read it to my kid. I'm sorry to say I was utterly underwhelmed. The illustrations are of course beautiful, but the story (such as it is) was superficial and also didn't make a whole lot of sense; the characters point to the natural world as being in such a hurry, but nature often DOES rush around and what's wrong with that?! I'm a huge fan of quiet (especially since having a child) but the message seemed so forced. Q ...more
I really wanted to like this book more than I did. I love the concept: how everyone is hurrying, even in nature, and how essential it is to take time to be quiet and still. Unfortunately, Tomie dePaola's style of artwork isn't my cup of tea, and in this case that mattered more than with many of his other books. I didn't find it restful, as it really should be for maximum impact. And my kids, who usually ask me to read books over and over (and over and over...), never requested this one beyond th ...more
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Tomie dePaola (pronounced Tommy da-POW-la) was best known for his books for children.

He had a five-decade writing and illustrating career during which he published more than 270 books, including 26 Fairmount Avenue, Strega Nona, and Meet the Barkers.

Tomie dePaola and his work have been recognized with the Caldecott Honor Award, the Newbery Honor Award, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, and the New

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