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“Drawn in Small’s signature style, the delicate but vibrant illustrations, along with the pithy narrative vignettes, poignantly capture the emotional hardships and triumphs of the immigrant experience.” –School Library Journal

The Quiet Place

Written by Susan Stewart
Illustrated by David Small
Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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 her own quiet place, where she keeps her books and toys and writes letters to Aunt Lupita. As she decorates and adds more and more on to her quiet place, it is here that Isabel feels the most at home in her new country while she learns to adjust to the changes in her life.

Primary ISBN: 9780374325657

Available As: Hardcover
Picture Book, Age 06 or older

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Setting: United States

Character’s New Arrival/New American Status: Immigrant

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