With soft illustrations and soothing text, this is a quiet story about learning to find calm in the busy world around you.
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.
Hughes treats silence which can connote loneliness and solitude as a source of solace and strength in this quiet story. In hazy, jewel-toned spreads, Pelletier personifies Silence as a fluffy, cloudlike being with round ears and rosy cheeks. The figure accompanies a child with dark hair as she sweeps up after a birthday party, makes snow angels, practices yoga, and embraces other solitary moments. Silence isn't the only visitor. At bedtime, Silence "greets its friend the Dark. They bring warm, soft blankets and settle in." Hughes gently alludes to the benefits of finding contentment in quietude and how learning to do so might benefit readers for years to come. Ages 3 5.