I Go Quiet tells the story of an introverted girl who is struggling to find her place in a noisy world. It’s a poignant tale told in poetic verse and haunting black and white illustrations.
Told in first person narrative, the girl speaks of how “sometimes, [she] goes quiet” because when she speaks she’s not understood and when she walks into a room she hears whispers. She feels timid and small, and she doesn’t know how she’s supposed to be. She knows that she is different.
As a child it’s easy to be misunderstood, ignored, and singled out when you stand out from the crowd. This book is a stark reminder to us as parents that we should put ourselves in our children’s shoes more often, to really understand the very big feelings that they as little people have.
It also is an insightful look into how an introverted child may feel and will be a welcome companion to a child who may be experiencing these feelings. The girl finds the possibility of escape, through books, creativity and imagination, and sees a future where her voice will be heard, thereby giving encouragement to those children who may be struggling with this very thing.
I Go Quiet by David Quimet is available in hardback from book stores and online retailers for a recommended retail price of R265. It’s recommended for children aged six to eights years.
Thanks to Penguin Random House for sharing this book with us.