The Quiet Place
by Sarah Stewart, illustrated by David Small
Margaret Ferguson Books, 2012
Isabel and her family move from rural Mexico to urban Minnesota. A vast difference in climate, culture, and language. Isabel finds solace in writing to her Auntie Lupita and in a large refrigerator box. She decorates the box with colors and things from Mexico. When the box is ruined in the rain, she collects other boxes to build herself a new quiet place. Through letters to her Auntie and illustrations of her expanding box collection, we follow Isabel through adjustments at school, in the neighborhood, and in making new friends. It culminates with a celebration where she shares her decorated boxes and other creative activities with other children. Going to school the next day is easier.
The Quiet Place is based on a true story of a friend of author Sarah Stewart.