Authored/Illustrated by Peter Carnavas
* Ages: 4-7
* Grade Level: K-2
* Hardcover: 32 pages
* Publisher: Pajama Press; Illustrated edition
* Pub. Date: August 4, 2020
* Language: English
★ “A quiet young girl in a noisy world, Mary shows her loud, busy family that listening allows for more to be heard. With suitable tips on the practice of mindfulness, this title will be a welcome addition to every picture book collection.”―School Library Journal Starred Review
“This gentle Australian import exhorts readers to listen, pay attention, and, sometimes, unplug…A cautionary tale about listening closely in order to discover the world’s pleasures.”―Kirkus Reviews
“The soothing artwork makes a perfect backdrop for Mary's many discoveries. Plenty of white space keeps the focus on Mary and all that she loves in nature. Quietly beautiful, this tale offers a lesson in being mindful to all that surrounds us.”―Sal's Fiction Addiction
Unwrapping Some Wonderful Illustrations for You
This book is an ode to quietness. Mary, a sweet little introverted girl, loves to experience that quietness. She focuses on the world around her and hears the beauty of a buzzing dragonfly, a lazy sleeping dog, and the rustling of leaves, just to name a few. She revels in and savers the minuscule things of life that she finds everywhere.
Her family, on the other hand, is busy and loud and has very little time for her so she is ignored and dismissed which makes Mary slip further into her silence. Doing so enables her to discover even more of the wonderment around her. Mary feels invisible and slides even further away.
Her family realizes that they cannot find Mary and start a search to locate her. Upon discovering her whereabouts her the family has a eureka moment! They become students of quietness also and learn how to be still, listen and hear all the mysteries that surrounds them.
This Australian import encourages readers to practise mindfulness, disengage from the busyness of the world and be still. This enables them to listen and pay attention to the quieter things in their life. The illustrations are extremely well done and portray Mary as a very adorable little character. I highly recommend this book....Shhhhh!
Storywraps Rating - 5 +++ HUGS!
Meet the Author
Peter Carnavas’s career as a primary school teacher inspired him to embrace his passion for children’s literature. His picture book Blue Whale Blues won the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Crystal Kite Award, and My Sister is a Superhero won an Australian Book Industry Award. The Elephant, Peter’s first novel, won the 2018 Children’s Book Award at the Queensland Literary Awards. He lives on Australia’s Sunshine Coast with his family.
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