Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
Genre: Picture books
What did you like about the book? This sweet picture book centered on Mary, a quiet girl, is all about finding quiet in your home and world.
Mary loves nature and spends her time outside listening, looking and feeling all the life around her. Her loving family is noisier. Her brother loves playing with his toy trumpet and her parents are always telling her to speak up. And then one day, Mary cannot be found, but she was right there at home all the time, just being quiet.
At the end of the story, there is a section about mindfulness, including a few ideas on how to make it a part of your day.
This book is perfect for SEL, Social and Emotional Learning, the idea of finding joy in nature and being quiet is important as never before. The colors that the author used are muted but distinctive and fit the story perfectly, and the illustrations are fun and sweet.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? Anyone who needs a quiet moment will love this book.
Who should buy this book? School libraries, day care providers and public libraries should definitely add this book to their shelves.
Where would you shelve it ? If there is a mindfulness, or section for well being this book should go there, otherwise in picture books.
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes!
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Maria Touet, Malden Public Schools, Malden, MA
Date of review: October 4, 2020