Laura Ellen Anderson presents a relatable and entertaining book that shows that being quiet can be good too.
Being QUIET is way too boring for one little girl. Chatting, laughing, clapping, talking, stomping, popping and humming are just some of the things that the noisy girl loves to do. Her life is one big bundle of noise and unfortunately for those around her it is they that often suffer. She upsets her baby brother, her teacher, cinema goers and her mother, just to name a few. But what will happen when she is forced to be a quiet for a moment? Can she learn to see that being quiet doesn’t have to be boring…
Anderson tells a very lively story about a child bursting with energy and enthusiasm and all sorts of delightful noises. Many readers and parents will relate to the child who takes every opportunity to make herself heard. But one can change, and it is in the quiet of the library where the important lesson is learnt as the girl gets lost in a book and after hours of not making a sound has the realisation that perhaps she doesn’t need to be noisy all of the time. This is rewarded the next day as she hears the sound of nature and becomes fully engaged in her learning at school. Obviously she still enjoys making noise but by the end of the story she understands that there is a time and a place for noise and a time and a place for quiet, and much joy can be found in both.
The read reminded me of one of may favourite quotes that I love to share with school children. The Dalai Lama said, “When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new.” Anderson tells the story in delightful rhyme prose that just beg to be read aloud. Illustrations are lively and loud and it is pleasing to see characters of different ethnicities.
Will hold great appeal to children who love making noise and will be welcomed by parents who wish their child would just take the time to stop banging and popping and drumming and roaring…if only for a moment.
Recommended for 3+.