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Fiction Picture Book
Pages: 0
Themes: mindfulness, meditation, peace, new experiences, growing up, self-regulation
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 05/Mar/2019
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When the party's over and the baby finally falls asleep, when the dog is all barked out and the screens are dark, the Silence pads in on soft, furry feet. A warm, comforting presence, the Silence curls up in a sun-beam like a cuddly cat and helps you read, think and be still. The Silence is friends with the Dark. Together they soothe the jagged edges left when the Noise has rolled on and gently launch the boats of your dreams into the night. When the day becomes overwhelming or other feelings become too big, the Silence slips in.

With soft illustrations and soothing text, this is a quiet story about learning to find calm in the busy world around you.

Publishers Weekly
"Gently alludes to the benefits of finding contentment in quietude and how learning to do so might benefit readers for years to come."
Kirkus Reviews
"This ode to mindfulness, with its poetic text, offers reassurance to children often overwhelmed by their busy days so that they can find their own way back to calm and steady waters…Just right for busy families who seek balance and mindfulness.
The French edition, Le Silence se glisse près de toi, is beautifully translated by Rachel Martinez and has its own lyricism and lilt, perfect for Francophone parents and caregivers wanting bilingual options for their children. "
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"This thoughtful story focusing on mindfulness…will provide an important viewpoint for adults to share with young children."
CM: Canadian Review of Materials
"A lovely book about finding the silence and calm in life…Fits well when discussing self-regulation and mindfulness with children. Highly Recommended."
Youth Services Book Reviews
"A needed edition in our world today where children rush from one activity to the next, an environment where children with sensory overload issues may need calming and simply a pleasant story for the end of a long day. It will leave a child feeling protected and ready to rest."
Kiss the Book blog
"Such a nice reminder of the joy that is find in quiet moments. A nice introduction to or supplement of mindfulness. Pelletier’s illustrations add to the dreamy atmosphere every time Silence makes an appearance."
Must Read Literature
"As a bedtime book, this book will calm the most rambunctious after a long day. A lovely topic that promotes both the beauty of language and the power of symbolism has a wonderful message for children. Excellent Book of Note."


CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens  | 2019 | Commended
SYCRA Shining Willow  | 2020 | Short-listed
R. Ross Annett for Children's Literature  | 2021 | Winner