Sunday, October 19, 2014

A Picture Book a Day for a Year: Day 183

Picture Book: A Quiet Place

Author: Douglas Wood

Illustrator: Dan Andreasen

Summary: In this refreshing text, a young boy explores the possibilities, particularly in nature, when you want to find a quiet place to get away from the noise of modern living. Everything from the beach to the desert is considered. Inside experiences are described too such as a museum, library, or book. Each setting offers the boy potential for his vivid imagination.   

Hanna’s Comments: This is another “contemplative book”. I introduced this sub-category of the God books last week on Day 176 with What Does the Sky Say? by Nancy White Carlstrom. These are books about listening and deeply experiencing nature or particular circumstances. God is not mentioned, but God is all over this book and we are more intune with God when we are in quiet places.

Publisher & Date of Publication: Simon & Schuster, 2001

Age & Grade Appropriateness: 3 and up, Pre and up

# of Pages: 32

Available in Spanish? Not at present

Formats other than Book: Tablet, amateur videos are on

PBT Category: God book, Post 2K

PBT Topics this Book Connects with: abundance/bounty, adoration, adventure, aspirations/dreams, attentiveness/observation/seeing, awe, beauty, blessings, creation, creativity/imagination/ingenuity, Earth/world, the environment/nature, exile/separation, exploration, freedom, God’s care/providence, God’s presence, home, journey/migrations/pilgrimages/quests, listening, perspective, quiet/silence, renewal/restoration, secrets, self-discovery, wilderness, wonder

Scripture Connections: Be still and know that I am God (Psalm 46:10); in quietness and trust shall be your strength (Isaiah 30:15)

Idea(s) for Application: Use this book with children when you are teaching them about the potential for and benefits of quiet time with God. Emphasize how worship of God can happen anywhere at any time.  

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