Kim Chatel

Author - Photographer - Fiber Artist

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A Talent For Quiet

Reanie is a shy girl. She has a new step dad whose shoulders seem to fill their small house. Afraid to disappoint him, she retreats to her room whenever Bill asks her to play. But when he invites her on a photo safari in the creek, Reanie can’t resist. As the father and daughter splash through the water, they encounter many creatures. Bill teaches Reanie how to handle a camera, and her new step-dad doesn’t seem so strange anymore.

Illustrated with Kim Chatel’s photography, this is more than a story. It is a journey with Reanie as she finds her voice and her artistic talent. The back of the book includes 4 nonfiction pages about photography: a glossary of terms, tips on taking better pictures and historical tidbits about photography.

Suggested reading age :8-12. 

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"All in all, it's a well-written, emotional story that I hope leads to a series. I'd like to see more of Reanie as her relationship with her stepfather grows."
Review by Round Table for Kids


"This is a warm, simple story with a quiet tone that matches its title. The photographs are beautiful and will stimulate young minds. Highly recommended."
Review by
Mayra Calvani


"This story is heartwarming and shows that children can have wonderful relationships with good and kind step-parents. These relationships can help the child to develop new interests, hobbies, and self-confidence. This book has fabulous photos and will spark interest in photography for readers of all ages."
Review bye Terri Forehand 


 "It is wonderful to see the barriers break down in the growing relationship between Reanie and Bill. In addition, there are five nonfiction pages at the end with information about photography, including a glossary of photographic terms, hints for taking good pictures, and some historical trivia about cameras. A Talent for Quiet gets two thumbs up from me."

Review by Stories for Children Magazine