Tuesday, June 16, 2020

"Why Are You Quiet?" - bookwrap

Please meet Myra Louise.  She loves to be quiet and loves to listen to her world around her.  Her story celebrates the power of silence! 


"Why Are You So Quiet?"

Authored by Jaclyn Desforges
Illustrated by Risa Hugo

* Ages:  4-7
* Grades:  PS-2
* Hardcover:  32 pages
* Publisher:  Annick Press
* Pub. Date:  Sept. 8, 2020
Language:  English 

Unwrapping Some Beautiful Illustrations for You to Enjoy

The Book 

Myra Louise is an introverted little girl who loves the sound of silence.  She is always asked by others why she is so quiet all time. In her busy loud world Myra Louise stops and appreciates the stillness around her.  She embraces the raindrops, the crickets and even the dryers at the laundromat. 

She gets fed up with people always asking her about her quietness so she ponders, reads books, observes, collects many things because Myra Louise has a special plan.  Juggling all these finds she heads out to her garage, the quietest place in the whole house, so she can begin her plan can become reality.

The hours fly by and Myra Louise builds a listening machine that just may answer why she is quiet so everyone will finally understand.  She journeys with her machine turned on so she might discover why some things are quiet too.  Will her exploration of being still and silent convince others to give it a try? 

The illustrations are charming and beautifully done.  The book is a tender challenge for children ( and adults too ) to be silent observant listeners of their surroundings.  Take heed... the world has lots to teach us in its silence but one has to be quiet to absorb it!   I highly recommend this book. Well done!  

Storywraps Rating - 5 +++ HUGS!

Meet the Author

Jaclyn Desforges is a Pushcart-nominated writer whose work has appeared in The Puritan, The Fiddlehead, Contemporary Verse 2, Minola Review and others. She’s the winner of the 2018 RBC/PEN Canada New Voices Award, and also the winner of two Short Works Prizes: the 2019 Hamilton Public Library Freda Waldon Award for Fiction, and the 2019 Judy Marsales Real Estate Ltd. Award for Poetry. She’s an MFA candidate at the University of British Columbia and lives in Hamilton, Ontario with her partner and daughter.

About the Illustrator

Risa Hugo is an illustrator with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Major in Illustration from Emily Carr University of Art and Design. She spent most of her childhood living in Japan but currently lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with her husband and their son.

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