Synopsis from Simon & Schuster:
In the tradition of Tomie dePaola’s Quiet and Scott Magoon’s Breathe comes this lyrical, meditative picture book about listening and mindfulness.
Isn’t the world a noisy place?
But what if you
stop, close your eyes,
Can you hear each sound?
Can you listen past the noise
and hear the quiet, too?
Beautifully illustrated and poignant, this lovely picture book follows a girl through her school day as she listens to sounds across the city: caws of crows, shouts across the playground, and finally, the quiet beating of her heart and whispered goodnights.
About: Listen is a children’s picture book written by Gabi Snyder and illustrated by Stephanie Graegin. It will be published on 7/13/2021 by Paula Wiseman Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, paperback, 40 pages. The genres are children’s fiction, picture book, and sounds. This book is intended for readers ages 4 to 8, grades P to 3. According to the publisher’s website, “Paula Wiseman Books is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing that, since 2003, has published many award-winning and bestselling books, including picture books, novelty books, and fiction and nonfiction. The imprint focuses on stories and art that are childlike, timeless, innovative, and represent many cultures and varied voices.” Please see below for more info about the author, illustrator, and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading Listen for my daughter on 6/10/2021 and finished it that same day. An excellent book for kids about taking the time to listen to their surroundings. We are always rushing to be on time especially to school in the morning so when reading this book, it’s nice to practice by keeping still and eyes closed to just listen to different sounds around us. I liked following the character’s whole day. She heard so many sounds everywhere she went! I liked the examples of different sounds like the sounds of different words read out loud, the sound of wind through trees, the sound of rain fall on umbrella, and so many more. Practicing to listen properly, kids will learn to be patience and hear the individual sounds instead of a bunch of noises. I liked taking my daughter out to sit on the yard and listen to birds sing.
This book followed a girl, upon leaving her home for school, the first thing she heard were traffic noises and a neighbor’s dog barking. Then she stopped to stand still and listen. She got to hear each sound separately. She heard a puppy yapping and birds singing. She heard teakettle whistles through an open window and the sounds of shoes against the pavement as she walked to school. So many different sounds throughout her day, at school and on the school’s playground. She heard the sounds of rain on her umbrella as she went home and her stomach rumbling when she felt hungry at supper time. At the end of the book, there’s more information about listening.
Listen is a wonderful book for kids to read and apply themselves. Most often we hear things but we don’t appreciate them because it’s noisy. Birds sing in the morning when we just want to sleep in. But when we really take the time to listen, their songs actually do sounds good. I liked the example of the sounds of someone feeling sad. There are sounds everywhere and we have to pay attention to hear them. Loved the illustrations. I liked how it showed the different activities the children were doing. Definitely will be reading this book again. I highly recommend everyone to read this book!
I rate it 5 stars!
Tag Lines: the practice of listening, picture book, illustrations, mindfulness, attention to surroundings, senses
About the Author and Illustrator:
Gabi Snyder’s debut picture book, Two Dogs on a Trike, received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews, who said it “perfectly captures the rollicking, manic joy of dogs off the leash.” She studied psychology at the University of Washington and creative writing at The University of Texas and is a member of SCBWI. When she’s not writing, she loves taking nature walks, visiting Little Free Libraries, and baking sweet treats. She lives in Oregon with her family. Learn more at GabiSnyder.com (Photo and info obtained from Simon & Schuster’s website).
Stephanie Graegin is the illustrator of numerous books for children, including Super Manny Stands Up! by Kelly DiPucchio; Water in the Park by Emily Jenkins; Happy Birthday, Bunny! by Liz Garton Scanlon; Peace Is an Offering by Annette LeBox; and Listen by Gabi Snyder. She earned her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and her MFA in printmaking from Pratt Institute, and she currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. You can visit her at Graegin.com (Photo and info obtained from Simon & Schuster’s website).
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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Simon & Schuster for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.