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The Quiet Place - Sarah Stewart, David Small Unusual epistolary style, single-sided! The large boxes to make a quiet place are an interesting device, again unusual. The girl is not overly uncomfortable in her new home, and explicit use of the birthday party helps us see the motif of feeling invited. There were so many opportunities for conflict or damage, but the author chose the quiet route and the discomfort remains quietly under the surface like it might for anyone who has moved to a new home. The illustrations are really charming and have a 1950s Mary Blair quality to them that goes with the story's time frame.

I thought the graphic design was slightly distracting compared to the illustration style--especially the type style and size. The slightly yellowed paper was good. But this story begged for handwritten text, and the font just seemed too much like a book and not even like a typewriter to suggest correspondence from the 1950s.