Category Archives: Quiet

Origami Peace Cranes, Friendships take Flight

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Origami Peace Cranes, Friendships take Flight
by Sue DiCicco
Tuttle Publishing

Emma just moved to a new school and was sure no one would like her. Her hair was too plain, her dress was too plain, even her lunch was too plain. Several kids opened conversations, but Emma assumed they were better than her and didn’t respond.  The class learned to make peace cranes and when Emma returned to her desk, she found a desk full of cranes with personal notes.   She began to think that, “maybe, just maybe, me is enough!”  A wonderful story that gives voice to all the ways kids think no one will like them.  Included in the book are a pack of origami sheets and instructions on how to make a peace crane to share with others.

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The One Day House

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The One Day House
by Julia Durango, illustrated by Bianca Diaz
Charlesbridge, 2017

Before the words begin, the story begins with illustrations showing young Wilson finding a phone number for a neighborhood fix-it program for the elderly.  Knowing this, he goes home and tells Gigi he will paint her house “orange and yellow like the sun.”  She replies, “I will like that.  But today, you are all the sunshine I need.”  He tells his neighbors one day he will fix Gigi’s windows, put up a fence and repair her balcony, and they all agree that will be wonderful.  Then, ‘one day’ is here, and all the neighbors show up to do the things Wilson said would happen.  A story of love and earnestness, sprinkled with a quiet repetition building up to the ‘one day’.  An inspiring family story, as well as a story about programs made to help the elderly, people with disabilities and those unable to afford to repair their house.

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Lily’s Cat Mask

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lily’s Cat Mask
by Julie Fortenberry
Viking, 2017

While shopping for new clothes one day, Lily spotted a cat mask.  Amazingly, her dad bought it for her.  She loved it so much she wore it out the store.  And she wore it everywhere, even to the doctor’s.  But one day she couldn’t find the mask.  Her dad gave her a bunny costume to wear, and it was fun for a while.  Fortunately, she found her cat mask.  She wore it when she met her new teacher, but once school started, she couldn’t wear it in class anymore.  But one day everyone could wear a costume, and that’s when Lily met her soul mate.

The story gives a few nods to quiet children and how they cope with new situations.

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