If you are a quiet and/or introverted person you have been asked, at least once, some form of the “Why are you quiet?” question. Now, I wish I had thought/known to reply, “Why are you loud?” You see, sometimes yes, people are shy, but sometimes we are just quiet. We do not need to be flashy or bold or center of attention. We like seeing the wonders of the world around us. And with I Am Thinking My Life and I Am Quiet: A Story for the Introvert in All of Us we have validation.
Allysun Atwater in I Am Thinking My Life shows how we are the music makers of the thoughts we have. There are no limitations to what we think, feel or dream. We become what we are meant to be. And yes, sometimes that means there are storms in our lives. The power of thinking, dreaming and ourselves comes alive on the pages illustrated by Stevie Lewis. Rich, lush, colorful, detailed illustrations are popping off each page. The magic, softness, and strength flow across pages. They are smooth and comfortable to the minds “reading of the page ear” and pleasant to view.
And with I Am Quiet Andie Powers and their character Emile show how being quiet is a good thing. You see how there are people, places and things all around. There are sounds as well as the sights. Oh sure, “Cat might have your tongue” but stick it out at a bird, it is still there. Inside you are creating pirate ships and worlds beyond imagination (even as you imagine). Betsy Petersen created simple, but fun illustrations that help show how answers can be quiet, and that quiet is not a bad thing.
For all ages, but the older (five to seven) might be best. They could even start reading solo with assistance.